27 Feb 15

EDF Energy East of England Media Award Winners Announced

Twenty awards including two for roofer and builder turned journalist   
The Eastern Daily Press has won Daily Newspaper of the Year at the EDF Energy East of England Media Awards.

The Archant publication won the title at the ceremony at Norwich City Football Club, Carrow Road, held in association with HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk.

It is the second year in a row that the EDP has received the award. It also won Community Campaign of the Year, with the Norwich Evening News, for its Flood Appeal, and Website of the Year for www.edp24.co.uk

Nigel Pickover, editor of the EDP, said: “In the difficult times that the media has faced over the last ten years, we have maintained our quality and commitment to excellent journalism and have managed to maintain that across all platforms including mobile, print, online and TV. Winning is a tribute to great journalism. Without great content you are lost. I’m delighted for the whole team.”

Welwyn and Hatfield Times was crowned Weekly Paid For Newspaper of the Year, whilst The Hunts Post went home with the Weekly Paid for Newspaper award.

BBC Inside Out East won Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year, for its documentary ‘The Village That's Falling into the Sea’. ITV News Anglia’s Claire McGlasson won Television Journalist of the Year.

BOB FM, Hertfordshire, won best Radio News or Current Affairs Programme, for its ‘Story of Auschwitz’ special report, whilst BBC Radio Suffolk’s Jon Wright won Radio Journalist of the Year.

Former roofer and builder Will Watkinson, of The Essex Chronicle, scooped two awards, winning Newcomer and Feature Writer of the Year, accolades gained after quitting his job to join the paper he used to read.

Will said: “I’m really happy. The whole industry is changing and we are all adapting. People put so much work into their journalism it’s just lovely to be recognised through these awards.”

Brentwood Gazette won Front Page of the Year for its splash ‘Man is killed by train then this happens’.

Andrew Brown, EDF Energy’s Brand, Sustainability and External Communications Director, said: “Congratulations to all the winners. The quality highlighted has been exceptional with journalists doing great work across print, online, radio and television. The media in the Eastern region is doing a fine job at delivering breaking and in-depth news and sport, campaigns and engaging across social media in innovative ways.”

Charles Thomson, of the Yellow Advertiser, was announced Weekly Print Journalist of the Year, whilst Helen Barnett, of the Southend Echo, scooped the Daily Print Journalist title.

Chris Osborne, of BBC Sport, secured the Sports Journalist of the Year Award, whilst once again, Jon Austin, of the Basildon Echo and Southend Echo, was named Specialist Journalist of the Year, for his investigative reporting.

Archant Norfolk’s Simon Finlay was named News Photographer of the Year, Alex Leys, Brentwood Gazette, Designer of the Year and Sadie Hasler, Southend Echo and Colchester Gazette, Columnist of the Year.

Now in their tenth year, the awards honour the best in journalism across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

East of England Media Awards’ Winners

Newcomer of the Year Will Watkinson, The Essex Chronicle
Digital Journalist of the Year Michael Bailey, Archant Norfolk
Specialist Journalist of the Year Jon Austin, Basildon / Southend Echo
News Photographer of the Year Simon Finlay, Eastern Daily Press / Archant Norfolk
Sports Journalist of the Year Chris Osborne, BBC Sport
Feature Writer of the Year Will Watkinson, The Essex Chronicle
Columnist of the Year Sadie Hasler, Southend Echo and Colchester Gazette
Designer of the Year Alex Leys, Brentwood Gazette
Radio Journalist of the Year Jon Wright, BBC Radio Suffolk
Television Journalist of the Year Claire McGlasson, ITV News Anglia
Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly) Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser
Print Journalist of the Year (Daily) Helen Barnett, Southend Echo
Website of the Year www.edp24.co.uk Archant Norfolk
Community Campaign of the Year Eastern Daily Press / Norwich Evening News, Flood Appeal
Front Page of the Year Brentwood Gazette, “Man is killed by train then this happens”
Radio News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year BOB FM, Hertfordshire, The Story of Auschwitz
Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year BBC Inside Out, The Village That's Falling into the Sea
Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year The Hunts Post
Weekly Paid For Newspaper of the Year Welwyn and Hatfield Times
Daily Newspaper of the Year Eastern Daily Press

Notes to editors

Contact Information

EDF Energy Media Awards entries@edfenergyawards.com

EDF Energy

EDF Energy is one of the UK’s largest energy companies and the largest producer of low-carbon electricity, producing around one-fifth of the nation's electricity from its nuclear power stations, wind farms, coal and gas power stations and combined heat and power plants. The company supplies gas and electricity to 6 million business and residential customer accounts and is the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain.

EDF Energy’s safe and secure operation of its eight existing nuclear power stations at sites across the country makes it the UK’s largest generator of low carbon electricity. EDF Energy is also leading the UK's nuclear renaissance and has published plans to build four new nuclear plants, subject to the right investment framework.

These new plants could generate enough low carbon electricity for about 40% of Britain’s homes. They would make an important contribution to the UK’s future needs for clean, secure and affordable energy. The project is already creating business and job opportunities for British companies and workers.

Through Our Better Energy Ambitions, EDF Energy has developed one of the biggest environmental and social programmes of any British energy company.

In 2014 EDF Energy received seven ‘Big Ticks’ in the Business in the Community (BITC) Responsible Business Awards. In 2013 EDF Energy received the Environmental Leadership for Behavioural Change Award in the national Environment and Energy Awards and was highly commended in the first ever pan European Corporate Social Responsibility Awards scheme for its Sustainable Schools programme – the Pod.

EDF Energy is part of EDF Group, one of Europe’s largest power companies. The company employs around 15,000 people at locations across the UK.

To find out more about the UK's energy challenges look at www.edfenergy.com/energyfuture/