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Smaller titles take on Telegraph for awards crown

Non-daily titles dominate the newspaper of the year category in this year’s How-Do media awards.

The monthly Cheshire Independent and weekly Crains Manchester Business and The Westmorland Gazette will do battle with the daily Lancashire Telegraph in the third annual awards run by the North West media website.

Last year’s winner was the Stockport Express which pipped big sister daily the Manchester Evening News to the top newspaper crown.

Crain’s Manchester Business will also go head-to-head with one of its niche regional rivals in the media website category while The Bookazine, owned by Trinity Mirror’s Sport Media, is up for best magazine.

The judging panel included Philip Graf, former Trinity Mirror chief executive and currently deputy chairman of Ofcom, former editor of Newcastle’s Evening Chronicle Alison Hastings and political commentator Jim Hancock.

Entries were up 15pc on last year and the awards dinner takes place at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, on 29 April.

Jim Hancock will be the compere and the guest speaker is Robert Shrimsley, managing editor of

The editorial shortlist is below while the complete list of nominations can be read at How-Do:


Crains Manchester Business
Cheshire Independent
Lancashire Telegraph
The Westmoreland Gazette

Media Website

Blackpool Gazette
Crain’s Manchester Business
Manchester Evening News
Salford Online
The Bolton News


All Together Now!
Carlisle Living
Cumbria Life
Lancashire Business View
Lancashire Life
The Big Issue in the North
The Bookazine/Trinity Mirror Sport Media

Independent TV/Radio Production Company

All Out Productions
Blakeway North
Channel K
Chapman Entertainment
Made in Manchester
Nine Lives Media
Realtime UK
Title Role

TV Programme

Prank Patrol/Bakermedia
Terror on the Doorstep?/BBC Inside Out North
Future of Food- BBC2/Blakeway North
Lunch Monkeys/Channel K
Granada Reports
BBC History of the World series/The Tale of Two Cities/Nine Lives Media
Britain’s Biggest Heists/The Great Train Robbery/Title Role Productions

Radio Station

BBC Radio Cumbria
Galaxy Manchester
100.4 Smooth Radio
Indigo 106.6fm
Rock FM
Tameside Radio

Radio Programme

When the King Met the President/ All Out Productions
The Mike Parr Breakfast Show/ BBC Radio Cumbria
Six minutes past three- remembering Hillsborough/BBC Radio Merseyside
Gay Life After Saddam/ Made in Manchester
The Andy Peebles Show/Smooth Radio
The Rob Ellis Show/Galaxy Radio