28 Feb 14

EDF Energy East of England Media Awards 2013 winners announced

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 awards ceremony at the Radisson Blu Hotel, at Stansted in Essex, held in association with HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk on Thursday February 27.

ITV News won Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year, for its coverage of the ‘Fast Eddie’ trial, and special reports on the 50th anniversary of the Beeching rail cuts.

BBC Radio Suffolk won best Radio News Programme, for its StormWatch special, whilst the station’s reporter Jon Wright was named Specialist Journalist of the Year, for three reports marking the centenary celebrations on composer Benjamin Britten.

Tim McCoy, EDF Energy’s Head of Media Relations, said: “All the winners are at the top of their game, producing great offerings for their readers and viewers in communities across the East of England.

“It is important to recognise and celebrate the success of broadcasters and newspapers doing a wonderful job at delivering breaking and in-depth news and sport, running hard-hitting campaigns and engaging across social media in innovative ways.”

Covering North Hertfordshire and mid Bedfordshire, The Comet was crowned Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year, whilst the Lowestoft Journal went home with the Weekly Paid for Newspaper award.

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

BBC TV East’s Sally Chidzoy won Television Journalist of the Year, whilst Emma Burrows, ITV News Anglia, won Newcomer of the Year. Tom Horn, of Heart Cambridgeshire, was named Radio Journalist of the Year.

As well as daily newspaper, Archant Norfolk won in four individual categories, with Michael Bailey winning digital and sports journalist awards, Ian Burt becoming news photographer of the year and Annette Hudson being named designer of the year.

The Newmarket Journal won Front Page of the Year for ‘Farewell to a Legend’, its moving tribute to flat racing trainer Sir Henry Cecil, who died last year.

The Essex County Standard and Colchester Gazette won Community Campaign for it’s long-running Cassie’s Law campaign. It was launched following the death of Cassie McCord, who was knocked down and killed by a driver who had refused – then quite legally – to surrender his driving license following another accident three days earlier. Police now have the power to seize licenses immediately.

The Website of the Year title went to Cambridge News Online, cambridge-news.co.uk.

Ciaran Gold, of the Hertfordshire Mercury, became Weekly Print Journalist of the Year, whilst Gina Marden, Basildon Echo, scooped the Daily Print Journalist title.

David Giles, Southend Echo and Colchester Gazette, won Columnist of the Year, and Lydia Fallon, of Cambridge Newspapers, secured the Feature Writer award.

Trophies were presented by Tom McGarry, EDF Energy's Sizewell C Communications Manager and Natasha Baker, Para Dressage double London 2012 Paralympic and European Gold Medallist.

The full list of winners are:

Newcomer of the Year
Emma Burrows, ITV Anglia

Digital Journalist of the Year
Michael Bailey, Archant Norfolk

Specialist Journalist of the Year
Jon Wright, BBC Radio Suffolk

News photographer of the Year
Ian Burt, Archant

Designer of the Year
Annette Hudson, Archant Norfolk

Sports Journalist of the Year
Michael Bailey, Archant Norfolk

Columnist of the Year
David Giles, Southend Echo and Colchester Gazette

Feature Writer of the Year
Lydia Fallon, Cambridge Newspapers

Radio Journalist of the Year
Tom Horn, Heart Cambridgeshire

Television Journalist of the Year
Sally Chidzoy, BBC TV East

Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)
Ciaran Gold, Hertfordshire Mercury

Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)
Gina Marden, Basildon Echo

Front Page of the year
Newmarket Journal ‘Farewell to a Legend’

Community Campaign of the year
Essex County Standard / Colchester Gazette ‘Cassie’s Law’

Website of the Year
Cambridge News Online cambridge-news.co.uk

Radio News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year
BBC Radio Suffolk

Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year
ITV News Anglia

Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year
The Comet

Weekly Paid for Newspaper of the Year
Lowestoft/Southwold Journal

Daily Newspaper of the Year
Eastern Daily Press

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/