The shortlist is out for the annual Nick Clarke Award – created in honour of the highly respected BBC journalist and presenter who died in 2006.
The Nick Clarke Award celebrates the art of the broadcast interview, with previous winners including Steve Hewlett and Victoria Derbyshire.
It was launched by former Radio 4 Controller, Mark Damazer, at the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival in October 2007.
The award is open to the whole UK media industry – Radio and TV. Each station/ programme wishing to enter can nominate one interview per presenter, reporter/ interviewer.
The 2013 shortlist is below, with the winner being announced on October 13th at the Times Cheltenham Literature Festival.
Jennifer Tracey, co-presenter on BBC Radio 4’s iPM, interviewed Consultant Lydia Guthrie about her experiences working directly with sex offenders.
Kirsty Young, presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs, interviewed Aung San Suu Kyi, Leader of Burma’s opposition party. The programme follows its enduring format with Aung San Suu Kyi choosing the items she would want to have with her on the mythical desert island.
Krishnan Guru-Murthy, one of the main presenters of Channel 4 News, interviewed American film director Quentin Tarantino, who refuses to discuss any link between movie violence and real life violence in relation to his latest film Django Unchained.
Iain Lee is BBC Three Counties Radio’s breakfast presenter. His interrogation of Bedford Hospital paediatric unit’s boss uncovered the suspension of a senior consultant and hinted at what eventually became the closure of children’s A&E services.
Alison Holt, Social Affairs correspondent for BBC News, interviewed one of the victims of a gang of men who groomed, raped and trafficked girls in Oxford. The subject became known as “Girl 3″ during the trial.
Victoria Derbyshire is a presenter on BBC Radio 5 Live. “Rachel” the alcoholic and former doctor first called Victoria Derbyshire’s programme two years ago to tell her story. In March 2013 Victoria went to spend a day with her – meeting her friends, her family and dropping into a day centre for recovering addicts.