Radio Manchester triumphs at Gillard Awards
The winners of The Frank Gillard Awards 2006 were announced last night (28 September) at the Low Wood Hotel, Windermere, Cumbria.
At the ceremony, hosted by Richard Bilton, BBC Radio Manchester collected the coveted Station of the Year award - an outstanding achievement for the station which has been going through a re-launch under new Editor John Ryan.
The team also picked up the Outside Broadcast Award - for a broadcast marking the 10th anniversary of the Manchester bombing.
It was a good year for the bigger metropolitan stations as BBC London 94.9's Jono Coleman and Joanne Good won the Breakfast Programme Award and Nicola Rees of BBC Radio Leeds hit Gold in the Reporter category.
BBC Hereford & Worcester added a Gillard to the Sony they won earlier in the year when they claimed the Social Action Campaign category for their mental illness project.
Another campaign winner was Liz Kershaw of BBC Coventry and Warwickshire. Her Liz'll Fix It project was the tops in Radio Promotion.
Smaller stations took a good share of the awards. The Programme Presenter award was won by Bernie Keith of BBC Radio Northampton and BBC Radio Shropshire scooped Gold in News Coverage for its reports on a local family's campaign to make the drug Herceptin available on the NHS; whilst BBC Radio Suffolk secured the Sports award for its investigation into exploitation in the horse racing industry within the county.
There were two awards for Outstanding Contributions to BBC Local Radio.
They went to Margaret Hyde, the Managing Editor of BBC Essex, whose distinguished career in Local Radio began back in June 1973 as a journalist at BBC Radio Merseyside; and to Paul Rowley of the Regional Political Unit whose reporting and two-ways on Westminster politics for the past 12 years have become by-words for accessibility and made him a well-known and admired voice throughout the Local Radio chain of stations.
The awards were presented by BBC Deputy Director-General Mark Byford.
Thirty-nine BBC Local Radio stations and services put forward 256 entries for the awards, which are named in honour of Frank Gillard, the founder of BBC Local Radio.
At the Gillard Awards evening, a Radio Academy Fellowship was conferred on the former Managing Editor of BBC Radio Bristol, Jenny Lacey, by the Director of the Radio Academy, John Bradford.
The Frank Gillard Awards 2006
Full list of winners in Gold, Silver and Bronze order:
The Breakfast Programme
BBC London 94.9 - Jono And Jo Breakfast Show
BBC Radio Gloucestershire - Mark Cummings at Breakfast
BBC Radio Lincolnshire - The Breakfast Show with Rod Whiting
BBC Radio Northampton - Bernie Keith
BBC Radio Sheffield - Toby Foster
BBC Radio Suffolk - Nick Pandolfi
Coverage of a News Story
BBC Radio Shropshire - the Herceptin story
BBC London 94.9 - Rolling news coverage 7 July 2005
BBC Radio Nottingham - the Danielle Beccan murder trial
BBC Radio Oxford - Planet Speedway
BBC Radio Norfolk - David Clayton's Norfolk Years
BBC Three Counties Radio - Treasure Quest
BBC Radio Leeds - Nicola Rees
BBC Southern Counties Radio - Allison Ferns
BBC Radio Suffolk - Riding Roughshod
BBC Radio Sheffield - Football Heaven - Derby Day Special
BBC Radio Merseyside - FA Cup Final: Liverpool v West Ham
Social Action Campaign
BBC Hereford & Worcester - Hearing Voices
BBC Radio Cornwall - Sea Sense
BBC Radio Lancashire - Rice Appeal
BBC Radio Solent - Finding Dad
BBC Hereford & Worcester - George
BBC Radio Northampton - The Nag's Head, Wollaston
BBC Radio Manchester - The Bomb 10 Years On
BBC Radio Berkshire - The Queen's 80th Birthday
BBC London 94.9 - the 2006 London Marathon
BBC Radio Devon - The Weekend Breakfast Show
BBC Radio Lancashire - Joe Wilson - Lancashire Sunday
BBC Radio Nottingham - Breakfast Compilation
BBC Coventry & Warwickshire - Liz'll Fix It
BBC Radio Bristol - Brunel 200
BBC Radio Berkshire - The Reading FC Promotion Campaign
BBC Radio Merseyside - Ticket To Ride - Journeys on a BBC Bus
BBC London 94.9 - Compilation
BBC Radio Leicester - Telling Lives
Outstanding Contribution To BBC Local Radio
Paul Rowley - BBC Regional Political Unit
Margaret Hyde - Managing Editor BBC Essex
Station Of The Year
BBC Radio Manchester
BBC London 94.9
BBC Radio Berkshire