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O2 Media Awards - 'biggest and best yet'
Finalists named after lengthy and heated judging sessions
This year’s O2 Media Awards North West will be the most hotly contested to date.
After more than 100 hours of combined deliberation judges have produced a final shortlist from the hundreds of entries received across 20 media categories.
The Liverpool Echo leads the field with eight nominations but broadcasters ITV Granada and BBC North West Tonight are hot on their heels.
Flying the flag for Cumbria are the Cumberland News, News & Star, North West Evening Mail and Westmorland Gazette who feature in multiple categories.
Lancashire dailies the Lancashire Telegraph and Lancashire Evening Post both have three nominations, while it’s the Chester Chronicle who lead the pack representing Cheshire.
Manchester Evening News’ chief reporter Neal Keeling and photographer Andy Lambert have made it through to the final of their respective categories. Greater Manchester neighbours, the Oldham Evening Chronicle, have three individual nominations including one for managing editor Dave Whaley for Feature Writer of the Year.
With more than 350 individual entries the O2 Awards are the biggest regional press awards in the country. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on November 13 at The Imperial War Museum in Manchester. BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin will host the evening’s celebrations.
Judging was conducted over three separate days and the panels were made up of working editors and senior news executives from print, radio and television.
Nicola Green, Director of Communications and Reputation at O2 UK, said the judging panels were hugely impressed by this year’s submissions.
“I know that in every single category the selection of the finalists was a bitterly contested and often heated affair. So many people came so close to being nominated but missed out by the narrowest of margins. The panels wanted me to pass on their thanks and commiserations to all those who didn’t make the final line-up but make these awards so popular. The presentation evening will be a celebration of all that is good about regional media…it’s just a pity that we can’t get everyone who took part in this year’s awards into the room,” added Nicola.
Capita, a UK leader in business process management and outsourcing solutions, will also support the Awards. Last year, O2 extended its existing partnership with Capita to include the running of O2’s call centres across the UK. This included the Customer Service teams in Cheshire and Greater Manchester.
Bob Buiaroski, Capita O2 Partnership Director, said: “We are delighted to sponsor these awards. There’s no better way of celebrating the hugely important work of regional journalists across North West.”
Successful nominees should contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details about the awards evening and to arrange for their tickets. Alternatively ring Rossiter Media Limited on 01829 741371 or e-mail Liz@rossitermedia.co.uk
O2 Media Awards North West 2014 finalists
Photographer of the Year
Gareth Jones – Liverpool Echo
Andy Lambert – Manchester Evening News
Darren Robinson – Oldham Evening Chronicle
Harry Atkinson – North West Evening Mail
New Media Award
Mike Price – Liverpool Echo
Ben Turner – Liverpool Echo
Supplement of the Year
Liverpool Echo – Great War 100 Years
Stoke Sentinel – D Day the Final Salute
Cumberland News – Cumbria Remembers
Lancashire Telegraph – Letters from the Front Line
Weekly News Reporter of the Year
Jamie Bowman – Crosby Herald
Rachel Flint – Chester Chronicle
Carmella De Lucia – Chester Chronicle
Anna Smith – Westmorland Gazette
Matthew Hobbs – Warrington Guardian
Weekly Sports Reporter of the Year
Adam Lord – The Visitor & Lancaster Guardian
Jon Colman – Cumberland News
Ross McLean – Westmorland Gazette
Team of the Year
Global Radio North West
BBC Radio Lancashire
Lancashire Evening Post
Specialist Publication of the Year
North West Business Insider
All Together Now
Free Distribution Newspaper
St Helens Star
Runcorn and Widnes World
Feature Writer of the Year
Paddy Shennan – Liverpool Echo
Richard Ault – The Sentinel
Dave Whaley – Oldham Evening Chronicle
Diane Cooke – Lancashire Telegraph
Scoop of the Year
Liverpool Echo (Hillsborough Wikipedia slurs)
Granada Reports (BNP leader in ‘crip’ row)
Lancashire Evening Post (Dog ate my face but saved my life)
Young Reporter of the Year
Dan Hewitt – ITV Granada
Adam McClean – ITV Granada
Samantha Yarwood – Flintshire Chronicle
Georgina Stubbs – Southport Visiter
Nick Smith – Radio City
Community Journalism Award
Specialist Writer of the Year
Gill Johnson – Lancashire Telegraph
Jane McCubbin – BBC North West Tonight
Maureen Hodges – Cumberland News
Aasma Day – Lancashire Evening Post
Sports Reporter of the Year
Chris Hall – ITV Granada
Mick Coyle – Radio City
Matthew Chambers – Oldham Evening Chronicle
Stuart Pollitt – BBC North West Tonight
Radio Journalist of the Year
Tim Padfield – BBC Radio Lancashire
Andy Downton – Global Radio North West
Michelle Livesey – Key 103
Broadcast Presenter of the Year
Mike Hall – ITV Granada
Michelle Ponting – Key 103
Annabel Tiffin – BBC North West Tonight
TV Journalist of the Year
Dave Guest – BBC North West Tonight
Jayne McCubbin – BBC North West Tonight
Abbie Jones – BBC North West Tonight
Dan Hewitt – ITV Granada
Mel Barham – ITV Granada
Weekly Newspaper of the Year
News Reporter of the Year
Neal Keeling – Manchester Evening News
Ashley Derricott – ITV Granada
Michelle Livesey – Key 103
Phil Coleman – News & Star
Helen Hunt – Liverpool Echo
Daily Newspaper of the Year
North West Evening Mail
News and Star
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