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Susanna Reid wins newsreader of the year award

Susanna Reid
Image caption Reid will be part of a new team hosting ITV's breakfast show

Susanna Reid has been named newsreader of the year at the TV and Radio Industries Club (Tric) awards.

The presenter fought off competition from the BBC's Fiona Bruce and Daybreak's Lorraine Kelly to win the prize.

Reid, who had appeared on BBC Breakfast since 2003, defected to ITV last week to front a revived Good Morning Britain, which will replace Daybreak.

Other winners included Gabby Logan, who was named best sports presenter.

Speaking backstage, in her first public appearance since announcing her move to ITV, Reid said she left the BBC after receiving an offer that was too good to refuse.

"They offered me a great opportunity and, as a news journalist and a presenter, it's absolutely amazing to be given the opportunity to create a new programme," she said.

Asked if she worried whether Good Morning Britain would be a success, she replied: "You can't worry about how it's going to work. You have to aim to do the best you absolutely can do.

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Image caption Susanna Reid reached the final last year of Strictly Come Dancing, which also picked up an award at the ceremony for best reality programme
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Image caption Susanna Reid said she left the BBC after receiving an offer too good to refuse

"Our aim will be to create a great programme and invite the viewers to watch."

She added: "My view about breakfast television is that your aim is to grow an audience... not to steal an audience. So if you create great content and people love what you do then you hope that viewers will come to your programme.

"But that doesn't necessarily mean competing... you just have to build your own audience."

Industry recognition

Other awards at the ceremony went to Channel 4's Gogglebox, which was named best entertainment show over Mrs Brown's Boys and The Graham Norton Show.

Doctor Who beat period dramas Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife to win best drama.

And Ant and Dec were named best TV personalities after their 13th consecutive entertainment presenter win at January's National Television Awards.

Coronation Street was crowned best soap over EastEnders and Emmerdale, while ITV hit Broadchurch won best crime programme.

Strictly Come Dancing - in which Reid danced her way to the final last year - beat I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! and The Apprentice to win best reality programme.

Other winners on Tuesday included Peter Andre for best satellite/digital TV personality, the BBC's Carol Kirkwood for best weather presenter and This Morning for best daytime programme.

Radio 2's Chris Evans Breakfast Show was awarded best digital radio programme and former Spice Girl Emma Bunton was named best digital radio personality.

The Tric Awards - voted for by members of the TV and radio industry - were first held in 1969, when three awards were presented to Val Doonican, Kenneth Horne and The Forsyte Saga.

This year's award luncheon was held at the Grosvenor Hotel in London.

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