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03 June 2011

A record seven wins saw the Bristol Evening Post triumph at the EDF Energy South West Media Awards 2011.

The ceremony, held at the Energy Skills Centre at Bridgwater College in Somerset on Thursday June 2, saw the Northcliffe-owned daily take the title of South West Daily Newspaper of the Year.

The paper also won print journalist, business journalist, columnist, feature writer, front page and community campaign categories.

Dan Pritchard, EDF Energy’s regional media manager, said: “Well done to the Bristol Evening Post. They’ve had a fantastic year and it’s clearly been a team effort across all departments. As the judges said, this was a really strong paper that’s had a great year, with bullish front pages, hard news but still very local.”

ITV West and Westcountry - The West Country Tonight won Television Programme of the Year with their ‘Cornish Floods’ special, while BBC West’s Matthew Hill won Television Journalist of the Year.

The Cornish Guardian won best paid for weekly newspaper, with the Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times winning best free weekly.

Other winners included the Western Morning News, Bath Chronicle, Western Gazette, Swindon Advertiser and Gloucestershire Media.

Speaking at the awards, Humphrey Cadoux-Hudson, EDF Energy’s Managing Director Nuclear New Build, said: “These awards, now in their seventh year, are testament to the importance and strength of the media in the South West.  The South West is a region where communities matter – where communities rely on their local media.”

Humphrey also announced how the ceremony was been tweeted live from the event by EDF Energy’s media team – an awards’ first.

Each individual prize winner received a £100 cheque courtesy of EDF Energy. The company also donated £500 to The Journalists’ Charity.


Newcomer of the Year: Debbie McCrory, BBC Radio Cornwall

Environmental Journalist of the Year: Martin Hesp, Western Morning News

Business Journalist of the Year: Michael Ribbeck, Bristol Evening Post

News Photographer of the Year: Stuart Harrison, Swindon Advertiser

Sports Journalist of the Year: Tom Bradshaw, The Bath Chronicle

Feature Writer of the Year: David Clensy, Bristol Evening Post and Janet King, Western Morning News

Columnist of the Year: Chris Geiger, Bristol Evening Post

Designer of the Year: Joyce Matthews, Gloucestershire Media

Radio Journalist of the Year: Robin Markwell, BBC Radio Bristol

Television Journalist of the Year: Matthew Hill, BBC West

Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year: Laurence Reed lunchtime programme, BBC Radio Cornwall

Television News/Current Affairs Programme: The West Country Tonight, ITV West and Westcountry

Print Journalist of the Year (Daily): Daniel Evans, Bristol Evening Post

Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly): Thomas Cock, Western Gazette

Website of the Year: Bristol 24-7

Community Campaign of the Year: ’100 apprentices in 100 days’ – Bristol Evening Post

Front Page of the Year: ‘Help us Grow’ – Bristol Evening Post

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free): Nailsea, Clevedon & Portishead Times

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for): Cornish Guardian

Daily Newspaper of the Year: Bristol Evening Post


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