17 Jul 15

EDF Energy South West of England Media Award Winners Announced

The Bristol Post has won Daily Newspaper of the Year at the EDF Energy South West Media Awards 2015.

The Local World publication won the title at the ceremony at Somerset County Cricket Club, in Taunton yesterday (July 16), held in association with HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk.

ITV News Westcountry picked up Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year. BBC Radio Gloucestershire won best Radio News Programme, for its work on the Laurie Lee centenary.

Celebrating their 11th year, more than 200 guests were at this year’s awards, which recognise the best journalism across Bath, Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

The Western Gazette was crowned Weekly Paid For Newspaper of the Year, whilst the North Devon Gazette scooped the Weekly Paid for Newspaper award.

BBC West’s Fiona Lambin won Television Journalist of the Year, whilst Carrian Jones, Heart Global News West (Heart Cornwall), was named Radio Journalist of the Year.

There were two winners of Community Campaign. ‘Heart Start’ by The Cornishman helped raise funds to buy more than 100 defibrillators and train hundreds of people in life-saving skills. ‘Safer Spaces’ saw the Plymouth Herald campaign to end the practice of detaining mentally ill people in police cells.

Front Page of the Year was won by the team at West Briton, for their moving wrap-around tribute ‘Thanks Andy’ to much-loved PC Andy Hocking. www.flicwiltshire.com won Website of the Year, whilst Bath Chronicle won awards in three individual categories – Sports Journalist, Feature Writer and Designer of the Year. The Plymouth Herald won News Photographer and Daily Print Journalist of the Year.

Other successes included Katie French, Mid Devon Gazette, becoming Newcomer of the Year, Devon Life’s Mary Quicke, being named Columnist of the Year and Flora Thompson, of the Western Gazette, Weekly Print Journalist of the Year.

Joseph Wilkes, North Devon Journal, was named Digital Journalist of the Year, with Johanna Carr, of the Cornish Guardian, Specialist Journalist of the Year.

Photos of all the winners can be found here.

The full list of winners:

Newcomer of the Year Katie French, Mid Devon Gazette 

Digital Journalist of the Year Joseph Wilkes, North Devon Journal 

Specialist Journalist of the Year Johanna Carr, Cornish Guardian 

News Photographer of the Year Penny Cross, Plymouth Herald 

Sports Journalist of the Year Daniel Evans, Bath Chronicle 

Feature Writer of the Year Lisa Evans, Bath Chronicle, Bath Weekend Magazine 

Columnist of the Year Mary Quicke, Devon Life

Designer of the Year Sian David, Bath Chronicle 

Radio Journalist of the Year Carrian Jones, Heart Global News – West (Heart Cornwall) 

Television Journalist of the Year Fiona Lamdin, BBC West 

Weekly Print Journalist of the Year Flora Thompson, Western Gazette 

Daily Print Journalist of the Year Sam Blackledge, Plymouth Herald 

Website of the Year www.flicwiltshire.com 

Community Campaign of the year The Cornishman, ‘Heart Start’ and Plymouth Herald, ‘Safer Spaces’ 

Front Page of the Year West Briton, ‘Thanks Andy’ 

Radio News / Current Affairs Programme of the Year Laurie Lee Centenary, BBC Radio Gloucestershire 

Television News / Current Affairs Programme of the Year ITV News West Country, Becky Watts Outside Broadcast 

Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year North Devon Gazette 

Weekly Paid for Newspaper of the Year Western Gazette 

Daily Newspaper of the Year Bristol Post 






For more information contact:

Juliette Sanders
Media Officer (South East)
07875 112599

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/