The prize was announced at the 2nd awarding ceremony "Broadcasting Academy’s Prize," Turkey’s major radio broadcasting award.
The ceremony took place on May 6. The prize of the Turkish Broadcasting Academy is awarded to the most successful radio stations and those working in radio.
The awarding ceremony was broadcasted live by 50 TV channels. RS FM radio was awarded with the prize "For Contribution to Strengthening Peoples’ Friendship."
"Since our first day on air, we have paid special attention to sensitive problems in Turkish society. We have professional editors and prominent authors and hosts. Our goal is to show the importance of radio as media," Sputnik Turkey Chief Editor Mahir Boztepe said.
"The award we received today is very important to us. It proves that programs of Sputnik Radio comply with international standards. We hope that soon Sputnik will be unblocked in Turkey. Political tensions should not interfere in journalists’ work," he added.
RS FM started broadcasting on April 1, 2012. It operates in Istanbul, Bursa and Kocaeli. Earlier, the radio station received the award for the "Best information program" from the Union of Turkish journalists and the Society of Modern Journalists. On April 12, 2016, the RS FM evening show "Bide Bunu Dinle" ("Listen to this too") was awarded with a prize "For success in journalism" from the Union of Turkish Journalists.