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A prize week at You & Yours

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Andrew Smith | 12:24 PM, Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Carolyn Atkinson and Julian Worricker at the Travel Press Awards

A nice end to the week. You and Yours won the Travel Broadcast Programme of the Year at the 2010 Travel Press Awards on November Thursday 25th. Our entry was the special edition we did in April on the air travel chaos caused by the volcanic ash blown over Britain from Iceland, forcing aircraft to abandon the skies. It's particularly rewarding because Carolyn Atkinson's small team of producers and reporters gave up their Sunday at less than 24 hours notice, to do the legwork. Julian, who presented the programme with his trade mark calm assurance, wrote a blog as to how the programme came about.

You can see the full list of Travel Press Award winners here.

Ilyas Khan and Peter White

Earlier this week at the AMI Awards (AMI stands for Ability Media International) where Peter was granted a Fellowship by Leonard Cheshire Disability. As the organisation says:

Peter White MBE has been given this award for his distinguished career in broadcasting and his commitment to championing disability. Peter's achievements are many and considerable and have brought wit, compassion, together with his outstanding journalistic skills to a range of programmes for over 30 years.

Hear hear.

There's a picture of him, for once in his suit, receiving his prize from Ilyas Khan.

24 hours later the suit was back on again. This time it's the Mind Mental Health Media Awards which recognises responsible and authoritative reporting of mental health issues. It was Peter who persuaded me to commission our entry which has made it to the shortlist - an audio diary from Chris Danes who has bipolar disorder. Chris catalogued his ups and downs, which has made for very compelling listening, not least when relating with utter honesty, how the strain of having to produce a piece of radio to a deadline, was not exactly improving his condition.

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Joe Kent produced the diaries and you can hear them here.

As it was we received warm words from the judges but not the award itself which went to our own documentaries unit for "Anatomy of a Mental Illness." This told the story of Angela Barnes who was detained under the Mental Health Act after a psychotic episode in 2005.

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That was broadcast here on Radio 4 made by a very talented documentary programme maker. Laurence Grissell who cut his teeth as a producer many years ago, here on You and Yours. The programme will be repeated in full on BBC Radio 4 on 7th December at 4pm

It was no disgrace to miss out to this fine piece of work and Peter has won so many awards in his time he'd have probably needed to extend the mantle piece. Win or lose, Peter is unaffected. Regardless of the outcome, he never buys a round

Andrew Smith is the Editor of You and Yours, In Touch, Fact the Facts and The Media Show on BBC Radio 4./p>


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