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The Radio Manchester team at the Frank Gillard Awards

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


Programme Presenter

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


Interactive Programme

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


Sports Coverage

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


Radio Feature

BBC Radio Solent - Finding Dad

BBC Hereford & Worcester - George

BBC Radio Northampton - The Nag's Head, Wollaston


Outside Broadcast

BBC Radio Manchester - The Bomb 10 Years On

BBC Radio Berkshire - The Queen's 80th Birthday

BBC London 94.9 - the 2006 London Marathon


Religious Programming

BBC Radio Devon - The Weekend Breakfast Show

BBC Radio Lancashire - Joe Wilson - Lancashire Sunday

BBC Radio Nottingham - Breakfast Compilation


Radio Promotion

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






Category: Radio; Radio Manchester
Date: 29.09.2006
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