Journalism Oscars

 The winners! Aasma Day from the LEP is pictured second to left
The winners! Aasma Day from the LEP is pictured second to left

Every year at about this time the world of journalism gets  a chance to showcase the very best through the O2 Media awards.

This year myself and my former team at the Lancaster Guardian were lucky enough to be shortlisted for ‘Community Journalism’.

We were up against some very stiff competition and didn’t win, but were super chuffed to be Highly Commended and have our annual reunion with other media from across the NW, this year at Chester Racecourse. 

Many blurry selfies and heckling later all the winners were in and although Lancashire Evening Post didn’t win either of the categories in which it was shortlisted, my friend and colleague Aasma Day did scoop Specialist of the year so plenty of an excuse for a toast.

The event was hosted by the lovely Louise Minchin and plenty of well known faces and voices from TV and radio were milling about. It was never going to be a quiet affair..

For your perusal, here is the official press release from last night’s event.. fill yer boots.

O2 Media Awards North West.

ITV Granada Reports took away the lion’s share of the prizes in this year’s O2 Media Awards North West. Correspondent Matt O’Donoghue was named TV Journalist of the Year and overall News Reporter of the Year. Judges praised his exclusive investigation into abuse at a children’s care home and sympathetic reporting of Alan Henning’s brutal murder by ISIS.

Granada anchorwoman Lucy Meacock was crowned the region’s top Broadcast Presenter, while the team also picked up the Scoop of the Year trophy for their exclusive story on Derek Hatton’s bid to rejoin the Labour Party, 30 years after being expelled. Hatton, the former political firebrand turned millionaire businessman, presented the award at the ceremony in Chester.

BBC North West Tonight’s Richard Askam was presented with the award for top Sports Broadcaster by racehorse owner and rugby league boss Marwan Koukash. BBC colleague Clare Fallon was the unluckiest nominee of the night. Despite a hat-trick of individual nominations she narrowly missed out on the top spot, despite being roundly praised by the judging panels.

In the print categories the Liverpool Echo maintained its grip on the Daily Newspaper title. Judges praised the way editor Ali Machray had listened to reader comments and changed the look and feel of the paper for a digital age. The Echo added a brace of other awards winning Best Website and Weekly Newspaper of the Year with the Sunday Echo. The Sentinel, Stoke put in a strong performance, winning awards for their Specialist Publications paying tribute to World War Two veterans. The paper also won the Feature Writer trophy through Jenny Amphlett.

Commercial radio stations dominated the radio categories. Juice FM presenter Chris Chambers was named Radio Journalist of the Year and the station was also named Broadcast Team of the Year. Michelle Livesey of Key 103 won the Community Journalism award for the station’s Street Angels campaign, launched after the death of 17-year-old Adam Pickup in Manchester.

Adam’s parents Chris and Chantal presented the award. More than 25 working editors and executives from newspapers, magazines, broadcasters and on-line publications were involved in the judging process. With more than 360 individual entries the O2 Awards in the North West is the biggest regional press awards of the year. BBC Breakfast presenter Louise 

Minchin hosted the evening’s celebrations.Nicola Green, Director of Communications and Reputation at O2 UK, said the judging panel was hugely impressed by journalists working across different media organisations in the North West.

“Congratulations to those who made the final line up, but also a huge thank you to everyone who entered this year’s competition. The evening was a celebration of some superb journalism and a reminder of how important the regional media is to local communities.”

Full results:

O2 Media Awards North West 2015 finalists

Broadcast Presenter of the Year

Lucy Meacock – ITV News Granada Reports

Highly Commended

Mick Coyle – Radio City

Vicky Warham – Wire FM

Peggy Walker – BBC Radio Cumbria

Community Journalism Award

Michelle Livesey – Key 103

Highly Commended

Neal Keeling – Manchester Evening News

The Sentinel, Stoke – Our Big Read

Sarah Rogers – ITV News Granada Reports 

Nicola Adam – Lancaster Guardian

Daily Newspaper of the Year

Liverpool Echo

Highly Commended

The Sentinel, Stoke

News & Star

Lancashire Evening Post

Team of the Year (Broadcast)

Juice FM

Highly Commended

ITV News Granada Reports

Radio City

BBC North West Tonight

Team of the Year (Print)

Warrington Guardian

Highly Commended

Lancashire Evening Post

Mid Cheshire Guardian

Carlisle Living

Feature Writer of the Year

Jenny Amphlett – The Sentinel, Stoke

Highly Commended

Tom Belger – Liverpool Echo

Roger Lytollis – Cumberland News

David Prior – Altrincham Today

Free Distribution Newspaper

St Helens Star

Highly Commended

Champion Newspapers

Wirral Globe

On-Line Media Award

Lancashire Telegraph

Highly Commended

Chester Chronicle

ITV Granada

North West Business Insider

Juice FM

News Reporter of the Year

Matt O’Donoghue – ITV News Granada Reports

Highly Commended

John Siddle – Liverpool Echo

Clare Fallon – BBC Look North West

Samantha Yarwood – Daily Post

Images of the Year

Stuart Walker – Cumbrian Newspapers

Highly Commended

Emma Boyd – Westmorland Gazette

Ian Cooper – Liverpool Echo

Ian Robinson  – Lancashire Evening Post

Radio Journalist of the Year

Chris Chambers – Juice FM

Highly Commended

Michelle Livesey – Key 103

Sarah Poole – Global Radio

Vicky Glover – 2BR & The Bee

Scoop of the Year

Party People – ITV News Granada Reports 

Highly Commended

Clare Fallon – BBC North West Tonight

Claire Smyth – The Sentinel, Stoke

Adam Phillips – Rock FM

Specialist Publication of the Year

The Sentinel – Echoes of WW2/Salute to the Few

Highly Commended

Cumbria Life – CN Magazines 

The Sentinel, Stoke – Sir Stanley Matthews

Cumbrian Newspapers – Proud to be Cumbrian / 200 Anniversary

Best Website

Liverpool Echo

Highly Commended

Wirral Globe

Westmorland Gazette

Warrington Guardian

Specialist Writer of the Year

Aasma Day  – Lancashire Evening Post

Highly Commended

Dave Blackhurst – The Sentinel, Stoke

John Siddle – Liverpool Echo

Michaela Robinson-Tate – Cumbria Life

Victoria Glover – 2 BR & The Bee

Sports Reporter of the Year – Broadcast

Richard Askam – BBC North West Tonight

Highly Commended

Mike Hall – ITV News Granada Reports

Ian Haslam – BBC North West Tonight

Chris Hall – ITV News Granada Reports

Sports Reporter of the Year – Print

Suzanne Geldard – Lancashire Telegraph

Highly Commended

James Pearce – Liverpool Echo

Will Watt – Blackpool Gazette

Jon Colman – Cumberland News/News &Star


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