Key 103 journalist Michelle Livesey has been named Reporter of the Year at the IRN Awards 2014 in association with Sky News HD.
Michelle was a prominent figure in fighting for Clare’s Law and judges praised Michelle for her flair, tenacity and dogged determination to drive the national news agenda.
For the second year in a row, Radio Aire in Leeds was named “News Team/Newsroom of the Year with a TSA of under one million” with the judges saying the entry combined quality and in-depth reporting with powerful local campaigning issues.
Capital FM South Wales picked up “News Team/Newsroom of the Year with a TSA of over one million” with the judges describing it as ‘a clear winner’. They said ‘it felt like the station was right at the heart of its community, reflecting the demands of an audience which wants a rich diet of news.’
In the other ‘team’ categories, Global Radio’s Entertainment Team won the first Entertainment Coverage Award. The judges said they reported stories ‘with creativity and an unbound enthusiasm for the events and interviews they bring in.’
Surrey station, 96.4 Eagle Radio, won the ‘Best Interview’ category for their handling of Trudy Barker’s story. She spoke to the station about her teenage son who died after taking a Class A drug.
Free Radio’s coverage of a planned terror attack in Birmingham was described as ‘a compelling and a must-listen piece of radio’ by judges who awarded the station the prize for Best News Special/Feature.
Absolute Radio’s long running Breakfast News presenter, Andrew Bailey, was named Newsreader of the Year with a TSA over one million. He was described by judges as having ‘considerable range’ and someone who has an ‘engaging style and calm authority.’
Metro Radio and TFM’s Sophie Calvert picked up the Newsreader of the Year with a TSA of under one million. She impressed the judges with her ‘clear, confident and relaxed tone.’
LBC’s Tom Swarbrick’s entry was named an ‘outstanding entry’ in the Newcomer of the Year Award while Dominic Johnson from the University of Sheffield and Mansfield 103.2 was named Student Journalist of the Year.
The IRN Gold Award was presented to broadcaster Dickie Arbiter LVO for his outstanding contribution to UK commercial radio.
Dickie is widely recognised as one of the leading commentators on the Royal family having spent more than a decade as the Queen’s Press Secretary. But before that he was a court correspondent for IRN and a newsreader on LBC and IRN.
The winners in full:
Dickie Arbiter LVO
News Team/Newsroom of the Year Under 1M TSA
News Team/Newsroom of the Year Over 1M TSA
Capital FM South Wales
Best News Special or Feature
Birmingham Terror – Free Radio
Reporter of the Year
Michelle Livesey – Key 103
Best Entertainment Coverage
Global Radio’s London Entertainment Team
The Trudy Barker Interview – 96.4 Eagle Radio
Newsreader of the Year Under 1M TSA
Sophie Calvert – Metro Radio & TFM
Newsreader of the Year Over 1M TSA
Andrew Bailey – Absolute Radio
Student Journalist of the Year
Dominic Johnson – University of Sheffield & Mansfield 103.2
Newcomer of the Year
Tom Swarbrick – LBC
Commenting on the awards, IRN Managing Director, Tim Molloy, said: “I want to congratulate the deserved winners and commiserate with those who missed out this time. We’ve had a record number of entries this year so thanks again to everyone who took the time to enter and help make this year’s event better than ever.
“In particular a highlight was the bringing together of experience and youth as veteran LBC Court Correspondent and IRN reporter Dickie Arbiter presented the Student Journalist of the Year award to a deserving Dominic Johnson from the University of Sheffield. Dickie was then later presented himself with the coveted Gold Award by former IRN Managing Director John Perkins, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to commercial radio news.”
IRN Editor Dave Terris added: “The awards go from strength to strength and highlight the quality, authority and power of commercial radio news. It’s a crucial part of the programming mix and this year’s winners stood out for knowing their audience, delivering a first class offering and demonstrating passion and enthusiasm for what they do.”
The IRN Awards recognise the achievements of news teams and journalists in commercial radio. The ceremony was held at the Century Club in London and hosted by Sky News and Sky Sports presenter Sarah-Jane Mee.