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Mobile phone giant launches new press awards

Communications giant 02 is launching a media awards contest for journalists working in Yorkshire and Humberside following the success of last year’s awards in Cheshire and Merseyside.

The company, one of Yorkshire and Humberside’s biggest employers with 3,000 staff at its Leeds centre, is aiming to honour the region’s most talented writers, broadcasters and photographers.

Entries are now open for a range of individual and team awards from Scoop of the Year to News Reporter of the Year. Journalists will also have the chance to win the new iPhone 3G in a charity prize draw.

A judging panel of media industry experts will select the finalists and the winners will be announced at a presentation evening at O2’s Leeds office on January 15.

Ann McCracken, Communications Manager, 02 UK, said she was delighted that the awards had been extended into Yorkshire and Humberside.

“The awards recognise outstanding media coverage of issues affecting communities across Yorkshire and Humberside,” she said.

“Journalists provide an integral service in keeping the community connected to the world around them. We have exactly the same objective here at 02 – we believe a connected community is a better community.

“The awards will honour individual writers and broadcasters as well as news teams who have worked together to bring their communities news and information that otherwise may have remained hidden.”

The panel of judges includes Nicola Priest, editor of the Warrington Guardian, Mark Thomas, editor of Liverpool Daily Post and Richard Frediani, head of regional news at ITV.

The deadline for entries is November 21. Entry forms are available by contacting Sarah Roberts at Rossiter Media on 01925 576757 or by e-mailing


Steve Anderson (10/10/2008 16:19:19)
Gordon Brown used the word twice in this week’s PMQs; now, it’s the turn of 02 to display its ignorance. “Humberside” has never existed as a geographical or historical entity. It’s time that the PM and this so-called “communications giant” went back to school. Steve Anderson, East Riding of Yorkshire.