BBC Radio Berkshire has been named as the “Station of the Year” at this year’s BBC Local Radio Frank Gillard Awards.
The station gained profile this year with its exhaustive coverage of Olympic Rowing which was based in its editorial area at Eton Dorney. The team also picked up a second Gillard Award for its sport coverage.
BBC Tees picked up two Gillard Awards – one for “Left Behind” – its investigation into missing people – and the other for its reporter Lisa McCormick who was named as “Journalist of the Year”. BBC WM also scooped two golds – one for original journalism for The Adrian Goldberg Programme and the other for its coverage of the Olympic Torch Relay in the West Midlands.
The Gillard Awards, named in honour of the founder of BBC Local Radio Frank Gillard, were presented by BBC Trustee for England Alison Hastings at a ceremony in Gateshead.
The results in full:
BBC Local Radio Station of the Year: Gold – BBC Radio Berkshire; Silver – BBC Radio Tees; Bronze – BBC Solent
Breakfast Programme: Gold – BBC Essex; Silver – Toby Foster, BBC Radio Sheffield; Bronze – Adam Tomlinson, BBC Radio York
Programme Presenter: Gold – Sean Styles, BBC Radio Merseyside; Silver – Andrew Peach, BBC Radio Berkshire; Bronze – Toby Foster, BBC Radio Sheffield
Original Journalism: Gold: BBC WM – Adrian Goldberg; Silver – BBC Essex – James Melley; Joint Bronze: BBC Radio Oxford – Emma Vardy; BBC Radio Merseyside – Silent Sentences
Breaking News: Gold: BBC Radio Derby – Derby House Fire and Child Murders; Silver – BBC Tees: Darlington FC; Bronze – BBC Radio Manchester – Gas Explosion in Oldham
Journalist of the Year: Gold: Lisa McCormick, BBC Tees; Silver – Johnny I’Anson, BBC Radio Leeds; Bronze – Steve Becker, BBC Radio Lancashire;
Impact: Gold: BBC Tees – Left Behind; Silver – BBC Radio Leeds -Love for Sale; Bronze – BBC WM – The Red Alert Appeal
Best Mid-Morning: Gold – Melvyn Prior, BBC Radio Lincolnshire; Silver – Jonathan Cowap, BBC Radio York; Bronze – Danny Pike, BBC Sussex & Surrey
The Ultimate Hot Seat: Gold – Jonathan Cowap’s Big Conversation, BBC Radio York; Silver – Andrew Peach, BBC Radio Berkshire; Bronze – Roger Phillips, BBC Radio Merseyside
Sports Coverage: Gold: BBC Radio Berkshire – Olympic Rowing; Silver: BBC Sussex and Surrey – Brighton and Hove Albion: The Road to Falmer; Bronze: BBC Radio Leeds -Nicola Adams’ Gold Run
Best Multi Media Treatment: Gold – BBC WM Torch Relay; Silver – BBC Newcastle Blaydon Races; Bronze – BBC Radio Leeds – Amazing Grace
Faith Programming: Gold – Emma Philpotts, BBC Radio Norfolk; Silver- BBC Radio Cambridgeshire; Bronze – Joe Wilson, BBC Radio Lancashire
Station Promotion Campaign: Gold BBC Radio Oxford – Cornbury Festival; Silver: BBC Radio Solent – Titanic 100; Bronze – BBC Radio Leeds – Amazing Grace: Journey of a Swan
Outstanding Contribution Award: Tony Beard, presenter, BBC Radio Devon