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Nick Clarke Award: 5 live's Nolan wins for Paris attacks interview

Stephen Nolan
Image caption Stephen Nolan is 2016's Nick Clarke Award winner

BBC Radio 5 live presenter Stephen Nolan has won the Nick Clarke Award for his interview with a survivor of the Paris terror attacks.

He spoke to Michael O'Connor, who lay on top of his girlfriend to protect her from gunmen at the Bataclan music venue in November 2015.

The award for outstanding broadcast interviews is named after the late BBC Radio 4 broadcaster and presenter.

Nolan won in 2014 for an interview with a controversial Belfast pastor.

Judges said Nolan's interview with Mr O'Connor had been "a compelling listen" that drew the listener into "a world of almost unimaginable fear and bravery".

Following the announcement, the broadcaster said: "I cannot tell you how much this award means to me.

"I have vivid memories of listening to Nick Clarke and being in awe of his effortless command of broadcasting. I want to tell Nick's family… I am deeply humbled to be associated with this award."

Other BBC presenters shortlisted for this year's award included:

  • Andrew Marr for Iain Duncan-Smith's first broadcast interview after he resigned from the cabinet
  • Victoria Derbyshire, who interviewed Shaker Aamer, the last British resident held at Guantanamo Bay
  • William Crawley, BBC Radio Ulster's Talkback presenter, for his interview with Sister Martina Purdy who swapped journalism for life as an Adoration Sister
  • Kirsty Wark, presenter on BBC Newsnight, who spoke to Sue Klebold, mother of Dylan Klebold, one of the Columbine killers
  • Lyse Doucet, the BBC's chief international correspondent, who interviewed four former Islamic State hostages for BBC Radio 4 programme Held Hostage in Syria

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