4 Jul 14

EDF Energy South West of England Media Award Winners Announced

The Local World publication won the title at the ceremony at the Bristol Hotel, in Bristol yesterday (July 3), held in association with HoldtheFrontPage.co.uk.

ITV News Westcountry picked up Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year, for its coverage of the Dawlish rail line collapse.

BBC Radio Somerset’s Ben McGrail Programme won best Radio News Programme, for its extensive coverage of the floods which struck large parts of the county earlier this year.

Celebrating their tenth 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.

Bill Martin, editor of The Western Morning News, said: “I’m absolutely delighted. It’s fantastic recognition for all of the staff and of everything that the Western Morning News stands for. The newspaper has been a champion of the Westcountry for more than 150 years and that is a tradition we have stuck to, and we intend to carry on standing up for and fighting for the issues that people of the Westcountry care about.”

Tim McCoy, EDF Energy’s Head of Media Relations, said: “Congratulations to all the winners. They are clearly at the top of their game, producing content that resonates with their readers and viewers, and reflecting the lives and concerns of communities across the South West of England.”

The Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times was crowned Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year, whilst the Western Gazette went home with the Weekly Paid for Newspaper award.

ITV Westcountry’s David Woodland won Television Journalist of the Year, whilst Chris Brierley, of BBC Bristol, was named Radio Journalist of the Year.

Bristol News and Media won awards in three individual categories. Emily Koch, of the Bristol Post was named Digital Journalist of the Year, whilst Gavin Thompson won Specialist Journalist, and Steve Cotton Sports Journalist of the year awards.

Paul Nicholls, from Gloucestershire Media, won News Photographer of the Year, whilst colleague Steven Impey was named Feature Writer of the Year.

Helston Packet won Front Page of the Year for ‘Storm Force’, with a striking image capturing the moment giant waves engulf seafront buildings on the Cornish coast.

Online magazine SoGlos.com won Website of the Year, while The Mid Devon Gazette won Community Campaign for its ‘Protect Our Children’ campaign.

Other successes included Sian Davies, of The Plymouth Herald, winning Newcomer of the Year, Swindon Advertiser’s Barrie Hudson, becoming Columnist of the Year, and Jon Lewis, of the Express and Echo, securing the Designer of the Year award.

Siobhan Stayt, of the Bath Chronicle, was announced Weekly Print Journalist of the Year, whilst Claire Jones, previously with the Plymouth Herald and now with the BBC, scooped the Daily Print Journalist title.

The full list of winners:

Newcomer of the Year: Sian Davies, The Plymouth Herald

Digital Journalist of the Year: Emily Koch, Bristol Post

Specialist Journalist of the Year: Gavin Thompson, Bristol Post

News photographer of the Year: Paul Nicholls, Gloucestershire Media

Designer of the Year: Jon Lewis, Express and Echo

Sports Journalist of the Year: Steve Cotton, Bristol Post

Columnist of the Year: Barrie Hudson, Swindon Advertiser

Feature Writer of the Year: Steven Impey, Gloucestershire Media

Radio Journalist of the Year: Chris Brierley, BBC Radio Bristol

Television Journalist of the Year: David Woodland, ITV West Country

Weekly Print Journalist of the Year: Siobhan Stayt, Bath Chronicle

Daily Print Journalist of the Year: Claire Jones, The Plymouth Herald

Front Page of the year: Helston Packet – ‘Storm Force’

Community Campaign of the year: Mid Devon Gazette – ‘Protect Our Kids’

Website of the Year: So Glos Online Magazine – www.soglos.com

Radio News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year: BBC Radio Somerset – Ben McGrail Programme

Television News or Current Affairs Programme of the Year: ITV West Country – ‘Dawlish Rail’

Weekly Free Newspaper of the Year: Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead Times

Weekly Paid for Newspaper of the Year: Western Gazette

Daily Newspaper of the Year: The Western Morning News

More photos of the awards can be found here: