Unique Broadcasting programme chief Tim Blackmore was one of three radio industry figures decorated in the Queen's Birthday Honours List on Saturday (12 June).

Blackmore, director of programmes at independent radio production

Unique Broadcasting programme chief Tim Blackmore was one of three radio industry figures decorated in the Queen's Birthday Honours List on Saturday (12 June).

Blackmore, director of programmes at independent radio production house Unique Broadcasting, has been awarded an MBE for services to independent radio. It is believed to be the first time the independent radio sector has been recognised by the list.

Unique, of which Blackmore is also part-owner, currently produces Something Understood, presented by Mark Tully for BBC Radio 4, Richard Allinson's show on BBC Radio 2 and the Pepsi Chart Show for independent network radio.

Blackmore's past credits include Tony Blackburn's breakfast show and Noel Edmonds' Sunday morning show, both for BBC Radio 1.

Two other radio broadcasters - Libby Purves, presenter of R4's Midweek, and Jenni Murray, presenter of R4's Woman's Hour - were awarded OBEs.

Purves received the honour for services to journalism, while Murray was honoured for services to radio broadcasting.

Television industry figures also featured in the list include ITN newscaster Trevor McDonald, who landed a knighthood for services to broadcasting and journalism.

BBC sports presenter Helen Rollason, who has continued working despite her fight against cancer, was appointed an MBE for services to sport, broadcasting and charities.

CBEs were also awarded to veteran broadcaster and co-founder of independent The Drama Horse Joan Bakewell for services to broadcasting, journalism and the arts and Westcountry Television deputy chairman Barbara Hosking for services to women's issues and broadcasting.

An OBE was also handed to Paul Bonner, Channel 4's founding channel controller and director of programmes, also for services to broadcasting.