The decision by a handful of commercial radio groups not to take part in the ARIAs, a commendable attempt to resuscitate a credible national awards competition, made last night's astonishing BBC tally uncomfortable.
The BBC took home 13 out of 16 top awards in the wide open spaces of the First Direct Arena in Leeds, and had clean sweeps of Gold, Silver and Bronze in six categories.
The problem is in stark relief in the speech categories - surely there has to be room for LBC's Nick Ferrari in any top three breakfast shows ? Or speech broadcaster ? Can commercial radio really not produce a single 'Music Broadcaster' to challenge yet another Top 3 for the BBC ?