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Judges unveiled for East of England media awards

The judging panel for the EDF Energy East of England Media Awards is being unveiled today.

The awards, run in association with HoldtheFrontPage, cover Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and parts of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

The shortlist for the awards will be published on this website in the coming weeks, with the ceremony taking place in Suffolk in early February.

As usual, our seven-strong judging panel contains some impressive names with decades of journalistic experience between them.

Here are our judges.

  • Mike Norton is editor of the Bristol Evening Post and editorial director for Northcliffe West & Wales. A journalist for the past 25 years, he was editor of the Derby Evening Telegraph before taking up his present role.

  • Marc Astley has been editor of the Express and Echo, Exeter, for the past five years. He was previously deputy editor at the Nottingham Evening Post and assistant editor at the Hull Daily Mail.

  • Leo Whitlock is editor of the Kentish Gazette, part of the KM Group. Earlier this year his title was named Weekly Newspaper of the Year in the EDF Energy London and South of England Media Awards.

  • Simon Galloway has been group picture editor of Bristol News and Media for the past three years and supplies the main photographic expertise on the panel. He has also worked as a picture editor for Haymarket publishing and PA.

  • Liz Hannam is head of news for ITV West and ITV Westcountry and has worked for ITV for 21 years. She started her career in newspapers – working for the North Devon Journal in Barnstaple and the Northampton Chronicle and Echo

  • Emma Clements is news editor at BBC Radio Devon and has worked for the BBC for 10 years. She has also been news editor at Spire FM in Salisbury and helped to set up a new radio station, Medway FM in Kent.

  • Dan Pritchard is regional media manager for award sponsors EDF Energy. A former Eastern Daily Press, Norwich Evening News and Anglia TV reporter, he now manages EDF Energy’s regional media team.

    The judging takes place at EDF Energy’s offices in Exeter tomorrow.