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 o2mediaawards@rossitermedia.co.uk 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

Cumbria Live

Chester Chronicle


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

The Sentinel



Specialist Publication of the Year

Carlisle Living

Lancashire Life

North West Business Insider

All Together Now


Free Distribution Newspaper

St Helens Star

Wirral Globe

Runcorn and Widnes World

Midweek Visiter

Champion Newspapers


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

The Sentinel

Juice FM

Blackpool Gazette

Cumbrian Newspapers


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

Warrington Guardian

Chester Chronicle

Westmorland Gazette


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

The Sentinel

North West Evening Mail

Liverpool Echo

News and Star





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