28 Nov 13

EDF Energy London and South of England Media Award Winners Announced

The Newsquest title, which under went a re-launch earlier this year, won the coveted prize at today’s event (Nov 28) at Sandown Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, held in association with HoldtheFrontPage.

ITV News London won Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year, for its coverage of the Vauxhall helicopter crash, the murder of Lee Rigby in Woolwich and the London 2012 Olympics.

LBC 97.3 won best Radio News Programme of the Year, for its Woolwich News Special.

Tim McCoy, EDF Energy’s Head of Media Relations, said: “Exceptional journalism in print, online, on radio and television has made for a fantastic set of award winners. This was not a year when one broadcaster or newspaper dominated, and it’s encouraging to see the breadth of talent and originality we have right across the region.”

The Croydon Advertiser picked up three awards, for digital journalist, weekly reporter and front page of the year. The Argus in Brighton also scooped three awards – best newcomer, news photographer and columnist of the year.

ITV Meridian won sports journalist and, for its organ donor appeal ‘From the Heart’, campaign of the year.

The Medway Messenger went home with the Paid-For Weekly Newspaper of the Year award, while the Slough and South Bucks Express won best Free Weekly Newspaper.

Having won their respective programme of the year categories, ITV News London’s Simon Harris won Television Journalist of the Year, with Nick Ferrari, of LBC 97.3 winning the Radio Journalist title.

BBC South East Today, Southern Daily Echo in Southampton, Camden New Journal and Kent Messenger Group also won individual awards, with The News in Portsmouth winning Website of the Year.

Now in their ninth year, the awards honour the best in journalism across London and the South of England – Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex, Berkshire, Hampshire and Dorset.

Today’s individual winners received a £100 cheque, certificate and trophy at the celebration presentation event courtesy of EDF Energy.

The full list of winners:

Newcomer of the Year: Bill Gardner, The Argus

Digital Journalist of the Year: Gareth Davies, Croydon Advertiser

Specialist Journalist of the Year: Colin Campbell, BBC South East Today

News Photographer of the Year: Simon Dack, The Argus

Sports Journalist of the Year: Sally Simmonds, ITV Meridian

Feature Writer of the Year: Alice Hutton, Camden New Journal

Columnist of the Year: Tim Ridgway, The Argus

Designer of the Year: Ashley Austen, KM Group

Radio Journalist of the Year: Nick Ferrari, LBC 97.3

Television Journalist of the Year: Simon Harris, ITV News London

Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly): Gareth Davies, Croydon Advertiser

Print Journalist of the Year (Daily): Jenny Makin, Southern Daily Echo

Website of the Year: Portsmouth.co.uk, The News

Community Campaign of the Year: ‘From the Heart’, ITV Meridian

Front Page of the Year: ‘Time for New Heroes’, Croydon Advertiser

Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year: LBC 97.3 ‘Woolwich News Special’

Television News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year: ITV News London ‘Woolwich attack, Vauxhall helicopter crash, London Olympics’

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free): Slough and South Bucks Express

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for): Medway Messenger

Daily Newspaper of the Year: Bournemouth Daily Echo

Photos of the event and all winners can be found at http://newsroom.edfenergy.com/ImageLibrary/default.aspx?NewsAreaId=28&SubjectID=143

Notes to editors

The Bournemouth Echo has won Daily Newspaper of the Year at the EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards.

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/