Arena terror attack dominates O2 Media Awards

Journalists working on Manchester bombing feature heavily

Journalists working on the Manchester Arena terrorist attack have been honoured in this year’s O2 Media Awards North West.

The Manchester Evening News was named Best Editorial Print Team and also won the On-Line Journalism award for its coverage of the May 22 suicide bombing, in which 22 people were killed and hundreds more injured. The MEN also received the Best Daily Newspaper award from blast survivor Martin Hibbert, who was paralysed by Salman Abedi’s nail bomb.

BBC Radio Manchester won Best Broadcast Team and the O2 award for the Most Memorable Broadcast Programme, for its reporting on the night of the terror attack.

Other multiple winners were journalists at ITV Granada Reports and BBC North West Tonight. Granada’s Elaine Willcox was judged Best Broadcast News Reporter, while BBC’s Clare Fallon was named TV Journalist of the Year. Both BBC and ITV news teams were jointly honoured in the Best News Programme category. They were presented with their awards by Paddy Ennis, the first paramedic inside the Arena after the bomb went off.

In other categories there were awards for writers and photographers on the Liverpool Echo, while local TV station, That’s Lancashire, won the Young Broadcast Journalist through Elizabeth Baines and Moving Images with cameraman Jake Harvey.

A special O2 Journalism Award was presented to Jennifer Williams of the Manchester Evening News for her exclusive investigation into the use of the drug Spice in Manchester city centre.

An O2 Stand Out award went to ex-footballer turned football commentator, Ian St. John, to mark his 38 years in the broadcast industry. England World Cup winner Roger Hunt, who played alongside St. John at Liverpool, made a surprise appearance to present the award.

Coronation Street actors Bev Callard, Daniel Brocklebank and Patti Clare also presented awards alongside members of the community who had featured in the media through the year.

The awards, at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, were hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and Dave Massey, Head of Corporate Communications at O2. They were attended by 300 journalists and media executives from TV, radio and print organisations across the region.

Nicola Green, Director of Corporate Affairs at O2 said: “This was an unprecedented year of news events across the North West. The awards demonstrate the importance and value of the regional media in our communities.

“We were honoured to host some of the families and victims of the Manchester Arena attack and humbled to hear the stories of community champions who make such a difference to the lives of others.”

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O2 Media Awards North West 2017

Image of the Year (Still photography)

Winner

Ian Cooper – Liverpool Echo & Daily Post

Highly Commended

Colin Lane – Liverpool Echo

Jason Roberts – Liverpool Echo

Stuart Walker – CN Group

Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News

 

Image of the Year (Moving pictures)

Winner

Jake Harvey – That’s Lancashire

Highly Commended

Dave Guest – BBC North West Tonight

Martin Brough – The Sentinel, Stoke

 

Best Writer

Winner

Richard Ault – The Sentinel, Stoke

Highly Commended

Louise Allonby – The Mail

Michaela Robinson Tate – CN Group

Natalie Walker – Lancashire Post 

 

Young Journalist (Print)

Winner

Tom Belger – Liverpool Echo

Highly Commended

Connor Dunn – Liverpool Echo

Lee Wilde – Tameside Reporter

Kate McMullin – Liverpool Echo

Becky Loton – The Sentinel, Stoke

 

Young Journalist (Broadcast)

Winner

Elizabeth Baines – That’s Lancashire

Highly Commended

Inzy Rashid – BBC Radio Manchester

Matt Jones – Radio City

Beth Excell – That’s Lancashire

Michael Worrall – ITV Granada Reports

 

Broadcast Presenter

Winner

Graham Liver – BBC Radio Lancashire

Highly Commended

Roger Johnson – BBC North West Tonight

Lucy Meacock – ITV Granada Reports

 

TV Journalist

Winner

Clare Fallon – BBC North West Tonight

Highly Commended

Paul Faulkner – That’s Lancashire

Amy Welch – ITV Granada Reports

Sarah Rogers – ITV Granada Reports

 

Best Team (Broadcast)

Winner

BBC Radio Manchester

Highly Commended

That’s Lancashire

Key 103

 

Best Team (Print)

Winner

Manchester Evening News

Highly Commended

The Mail

Lancashire Post

 

News Reporter (Print)

Winner

Caroline Barber – The Mail

Highly Commended

Alistair Houghton – Liverpool Echo

Joe Thomas – Liverpool Echo

 

News Reporter (Broadcast)

Winner

Elaine Willcox – ITV Granada Reports

Highly Commended

Andy Gill –  BBC North West Tonight

Mel Barham – ITV Granada Reports

Andy Bonner – ITV Granada Reports

 

Most Memorable (Print)

Winner

The Mail – Zoo deaths investigation

Highly Commended

Manchester Evening News – Arena bomb coverage

Lancashire Post – Arena bombing

Knutsford Guardian – Arena bomb victim & Osborne resigns

 

Most Memorable (Broadcast)

Winner

BBC Radio Manchester – Manchester Arena bomb

Highly Commended

BBC North West Tonight – Manchester Arena bomb

Radio City – Paul Nuttall exposed

Global Radio – Manchester Arena bomb

 

Community Journalism

Winner

Radio City

Highly Commended

Warrington Guardian

2BR

Tameside Reporter

 

Radio Journalist

Winner

Kate West – BBC Radio Manchester

Highly Commended

Amy Scarisbrick – Key 103

Anna Hodges – Global Radio

Tim Padfield – BBC Radio Lancashire

 

Best Newspaper (Daily)

Winner

Manchester Evening News

Highly Commended

Bolton News

Lancashire Telegraph

The Mail

 

Best Newspaper (Weekly)

Winner

Cumberland News

Highly Commended

Westmorland Gazette

Leyland Guardian

Warrington Guardian

Crewe Chronicle

 

Sports Journalist (Print)

Winner

Tyrone Marshall – Lancashire Telegraph

Highly Commended

Jon Colman – News & Star

Andrew Simpson – Northwich Guardian 

 

Sports Journalist (Broadcast)

Winner

Mike Hall – ITV Granada Reports

Highly Commended

Chris Hall – ITV Granada Reports

Stuart Pollitt – BBC North West Tonight

 

On-Line Journalism

Winner

Manchester Evening News

Highly Commended

Liverpool Echo

Southport Visiter

Liverpool Echo – What’s On Team

 

On-Line Journalist

Winner

Adam McClean – ITV Granada Reports

 

Community Publication

Winner

Asian Image

Highly Commended

Tameside Reporter

Good News Liverpool

 

Best Magazine

Winner

Carlisle Living – CN Specialist Magazines

Highly Commended

Business Post – Trinity Mirror

Lancashire Life – Archant

Primary Knowledge – Oldham Chronicle

Staffordshire Life – Staffordshire Newspapers

 

O2 Stand Out Awards

Winners

Knutsford Guardian

David Jones – Glossop Chronicle

Ian St. John – Radio City

 

Best News Programme

Joint Winners

ITV Granada Reports – Manchester Arena Bomb

BBC North West Tonight – Manchester Arena Bomb

Highly Commended

True North – Mystery of the Man on the Moor

 

Best Sports Programme

Winner

ITV Granada Reports – Olympic/Paralympic Parade

Highly Commended

Made in Liverpool – Across the Park

Radio City – Fight Disciples

  

Best Entertainment Programme

Winner

True North – The Lie Detective

Highly Commended

BBC Radio Lancashire – Alfie Boe

True North – Teen Mom UK

 

Specialist Publication

Winner

All Together Now

Highly Commended

Business Post – Trinity Mirror

The Place To Be – The Sentinel, Stoke

Primary Knowledge – Oldham Chronicle

Portrait of Cumbria – CN Specialist Magazines

 

Vlog/Blogger Award

Winner

Rachael Bland – BBC North West Tonight

Highly Commended

Samantha Yarwood – Manchester Evening News

Sarah Hodgson – Daily Post

Mike Parsons & Matt Turner – Warrington Guardian

Jodie Murray & Tom Atterton – BBC North West Tonight

 

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