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Smaller dailies to compete for top newspaper prize as O2 shortlist unveiled

Three of the North West’s smaller regional daily titles will do battle for the region’s top newspaper prize after the shortlist for this year’s O2 Media Awards North West was unveiled.

The Gazette, Blackpool, the Daily Post, North Wales and The Mail, Barrow will compete for the Newspaper of the Year award at Chester Racecourse on 8 November.

Neither of the two regional giants, the Liverpool Echo or the Manchester Evening News, are shorlisted for this year’s prize, although the Echo did lead the way in other categories with seven individual nomination and one team nomination.

Jimmy Armfield

The Gazette’s coverage of the death of football legend Jimmy Armfield

Anniversary coverage of the Manchester Arena bomb in 2017, the IRA attack on Warrington in 1998, the Munich Air Disaster in 1958 and the murder of Liverpool schoolboy Rhys Jones in 2008 all feature in the shortlist of finalists.

BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin will again host the awards ceremony when the winners of the 26 individual and team categories will be revealed.

New categories this year include Best Factual Programme and Best Entertainment Programme which sees independent production companies nominated alongside BBC and ITV Studios.

Nicola Green, Director of Corporate Affairs at O2, said: “This year has seen the anniversaries of some significant news events. Judges were impressed by the way in which many of these globally-known stories were remembered and re-imagined for today’s audiences.

“The finalists include a wide range of diverse media organisations – large and small. We are looking forward to celebrating that diversity and range of talent when the winners are revealed.” said

This year O2 will also present the Rachael Bland Social Media Award in memory of the BBC North West Tonight and BBC Radio Five presenter who lost her fight against cancer in September.

The full shortlist is as follows:

O2 Emerging Talent
Emilia Bona – Liverpool Echo
Tom Burnett – The Sentinel
Connor Dunn – Liverpool Echo
Lise McNally – ITV Granada Reports

News Reporter
Matt O’Donoghue – ITV Granada Reports
Neal Keeling – Manchester Evening News
Kelly Williams – Daily Post
Mari Jones – Daily Post
Kate West – BBC Radio Manchester

Best Writer
Roger Lytollis – Cumberland News
Paddy Shennan – Liverpool Echo
Rachael Oakden – Taste Cumbria
Jamie McLoughlin – Liverpool Echo

Entertainment Programme
The Making of a Militant – Saffron Cherry Productions
Jimmy & Eamonn – BBC Radio Manchester
The Big Quiz – ITV Studios
Tanya’s Extreme Therapies – Monkey Kingdom

News Programme
ITV Granada Reports – Rail Special
BBC North West Tonight – Manchester Bomb Anniversary
BBC Radio Five Live – Manchester Survivors’ Choir

Factual Programme
Manchester Bomb: Our Story – Blakeway North
The Making of a Militant – Saffron Cherry Productions
Women at War – 100 Years of Service – BBC Studios
Second Chance Sex Offenders – Blakeway North
Sex Map of Britain – BBC Studios

Sports Programme
ITV Granada Reports – Munich
BBC Radio Lancashire – My Dad and Munich
BBC North West Tonight – Race & Pace

On-Line Journalism
Warrington Guardian
Lancashire Post
ITV Granada Reports

Team (Broadcast)
CFM News
Global’s Newsroom North West
ITV Granada Reports
Radio City

Team (Print)
Liverpool Echo
Local Communications
The Sentinel
Warrington Guardian

Radio Programme
Radio City – Mental Health Marathon
Radio City – Remembering Rhys
BBC Radio Lancashire – Goodbye Gentleman Jim
BBC Radio Five Live – Pupils’ Referral Unit
BBC Radio Manchester – Manchester’s Radical Gay History

Specialist Publication
Altrincham Today
Cumbria Magazine – Country Publications
Jimmy Armfield Tribute – The Gazette, Blackpool
Taste Cumbria – Newsquest Cumbria

TV Journalist
Dave Guest – BBC North West Tonight
Paul Faulkner – That’s Lancashire
Matt O’Donoghue – ITV Granada Reports
Amy Welch – ITV Granada Reports

Sports Journalist (Broadcast)
Chris Chambers – Global’s Newsroom North West
Chris Hall – ITV Granada Reports
Stuart Pollitt – BBC North West Tonight

Sports Journalist (Print)
Jon Colman – News & Star
Tyrone Marshall – Lancashire Telegraph
Matt Scrafton – The Gazette, Blackpool
Andrew Simpson – Northwich Guardian

Radio Journalist
Chris Chambers – Global’s Newsroom North West
Amy Scarisbrick – Hits Radio
Kate West – BBC Radio Manchester

Daily Newspaper
The Gazette, Blackpool
Daily Post
The Mail, Barrow

Most Memorable
Nikki Meets PM – Blakeway North
Riverdance – The Gazette, Blackpool
Ryan Evans tragedy – The Sentinel
Trains Poem – BBC Radio Lancashire
Up ‘ere – BBC North West Tonight

Community Publication
Cumberland and Westmorland Herald
Stalybridge Correspondent
Asian Image
Tameside Reporter

Young Journalist – Print
Emilia  Bona – Liverpool Echo
Tom Earnshaw – Lancashire Post
Kate McMullin – Liverpool Echo
Lydia Morris – Daily Post

Young Journalist – Broadcast
Amani Khan – ITV Granada Reports
Mike Stevens – BBC Radio Lancashire

Visual Media
Steve Bould – The Sentinel
Martin Brough – The Sentinel
Dave Guest – BBC North West Tonight
Simon Higginbottom – ITV Granada Reports
Colin Lane – Liverpool Echo

Community Journalism (Broadcast)
BBC Radio Lancashire – Defibrillators
Global’s Newsroom North West – Still Birth
BBC North West Tonight – Tatton Garden
Radio City – Mental Health Marathon

Weekly Newspaper
Cumberland News
Sunday Echo
Tameside Reporter
Westmorland Gazette

Broadcast Presenter
Mike Hall – ITV Granada Reports
Roger Johnson – BBC North West Tonight
Tony Morris – ITV Granada Reports
Annabel Tiffin – BBC North West Tonight

Rachael Bland Social Media Award
Nicola Adam – Lancashire Post
Victoria Glover – Hits Radio
Sarah Hodgson – Daily Post
Barbara Jordan – Runcorn and Widnes World