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Echo scores 13 O2 nominations as organisers hail record year

The Liverpool Echo will compete for 13 prizes at the O2 Media Awards North West after organisers announced a record-breaking year for entries.

The Echo is up for awards including Daily Newspaper of the Year, where it will compete against the current title holder, Blackpool daily The Gazette, as well as the Lancashire Post and Stoke-on-Trent newspaper The Sentinel.

Eight Echo journalists and photographers are nominated individually, while the paper is also shortlisted in the Most Memorable, Specialist Publication, On-line Media and Team of the Year categories.

The Team of the Year nominations comes as a result of the paper’s Champions League coverage, which saw it run three special Madrid editions over the weekend of May’s European Cup final for supporters of Liverpool Football Club who had travelled to Spain.

One of the special Madrid editions run by the Echo in May

One of the special Madrid editions run by the Echo in May

Elsewhere, the Manchester Evening News is nominated in the Weekly Newspaper of the Year category following the launch of its Sunday edition in February.

The MEN on Sunday faces competition from the Cumberland News, Northwich Guardian and Westmorland Gazette for the crown.

More than 420 entries were received across the different categories – a new record for the event.

Nicola Green, director of corporate affairs at O2, said: “The O2s showcase excellence in news, sport, entertainment, social and community media and applaud the growth of creative industries in the North West.

“Whether it’s writers delivering grassroots journalism or programme makers winning national acclaim, the awards highlight the impact the media has on our communities.”

This year’s presentation evening will be held at the AJ Bell Stadium, in Salford, on Thursday 7 November, and will be hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and O2’s senior corporate communications manager Dave Massey.

The full shortlist is as follows:

O2 Emerging Talent
Stacey Copeland – ITV Granada Reports
Kerry Parvin – BBC North West Tonight
Josh Stokes – ITV Granada Reports

News Reporter
Amy Fenton – The Mail
Mari Jones – Daily Post
Matt O’Donoghue – ITV Granada Reports
Liam Thorp – Liverpool Echo

Helen Johnson – Manchester Evening News
Neal Keeling – Manchester Evening News
Roger Lytollis – The Cumberland News
Jimmy McGovern & Gillian Juckes – LA Productions
Paddy Shennan – Liverpool Echo
Rob Smith – ITV Granada Reports

Entertainment Programme
BBC Factual, Salford – Home Front Heroes
BBC Factual, Salford – Watchdog Live
Blakeway North – Greatest Chocolate Adverts
Radio City Talk – Dad’s Hour
True North – Teen Mom UK

Community Newspaper
Saddleworth Independent
Tameside Reporter
Whitehaven News

Video Journalism
Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News
Global’s Newsroom North West
Dave Guest – BBC North West Tonight

Most Memorable
BBC Radio Lancashire – Seagull Rescue
ITV Granada Reports – Ricky Hatton
Liverpool Echo – Six Stone Man

News Programme
BBC North West Tonight – Police Special
Global’s Newsroom North West – Life After Murder
ITV Granada Reports – Homelessness
ITV Granada Reports – Stalking
ITV Granada Reports – Suicide Special

BBC Factual, Salford – Sex Map of Britain
Blakeway North – The Foreign Doctors Are Coming
Blakeway North – ‘My Life, I Will Survive’
Title Role Productions – Paedophile Hunters

Sports Programme
BBC North West Tonight – The Kennedy Who Changed The World
BBC Radio Manchester – Bolton/Bury Special
Global’s Newsroom North West – Champions League Final
ITV Granada Reports – Aintree

Radio Programme
Reach plc North West – ‘Really I’m Fine’
Global’s Newsroom North West – Life After Murder
Global’s Newsroom North West – Right To Die
Radio City – Lost Childhoods

Carlisle Living – Newsquest Cumbria
Cheshire Living – Newsquest Cheshire
Cumbria Life – Newsquest Cumbria
Cumbria Magazine – Dalesman Publishing Ltd.

Specialist Publication
Business Post – Liverpool Echo
Farmer – Newsquest Cumbria
Inspiring Lancashire – Lancashire Post
Lancashire Business View

TV Journalist
Abbie Jones – BBC North West Tonight
Dave Guest – BBC North West Tonight
Hannah Miller – ITV Granada Reports
Matt O’Donoghue – ITV Granada Reports
Amy Welch – ITV Granada Reports

Young Journalist (Broadcast)
Charanpreet Khaira – ITV Granada Reports
Kerry Parvin – BBC North West Tonight
Mike Stevens – BBC Radio Lancashire
Layla Wright – Radio City & BBC Radio 4

Young Journalist (Print)
Emilia Bona – Liverpool Echo
Isobel Cotogni – Warrington Guardian
Catherine Murphy – Liverpool Echo
Stephen Topping – Northwich Guardian

Sports Journalist
Jon Colman – News & Star/Cumberland News
Tom Evans – Liverpool Echo
Chris Hall – ITV Granada Reports
Matt Jones – Radio City
Matt Scrafton – The Blackpool Gazette

Drama/Factual Drama
LA Productions – Care
LA Productions – Clink
LA Productions – Moving On

Daily Newspaper
The Blackpool Gazette
Lancashire Post
Liverpool Echo
The Sentinel

Steve Bould – The Sentinel
Vincent Cole – Manchester Evening News
Colin Lane – Liverpool Echo
James Maloney – Liverpool Echo
Stuart Walker – News & Star/Cumberland News

On-Line Media
BBC North West Digital Team
Liverpool Echo Live Newsroom
North Wales Live

Community Award
Cheshire Live – Cervical Cancer Campaign
Chorley Guardian – Project Feed Chorley
Hits Radio – Fill Food Banks
The Sentinel – The Way We Were

Broadcast Presenter
Mick Coyle – Radio City
Roger Johnson – BBC North West Tonight
Graham Liver – BBC Radio Lancashire
Tony Morris – ITV Granada Reports

Rachael Bland Vlogger/Blogger Award
Nicola Adam – JPI Media
Sarah Hodgson & Owen Evans – Daily Post
Bethan Shufflebotham – The Sentinel
Samantha Yarwood – Manchester Evening News

Nicola Adam – Lancashire Post
Jenny Amphlett – The Sentinel
Mike Hill – Lancashire Post
Sue Lee – Liverpool Echo

Weekly Newspaper
The Cumberland News
Manchester Evening News On Sunday
Northwich Guardian
Westmorland Gazette

Factual Programme
BBC North West Tonight – The Church That Changed
Blakeway North – Who Needs A Man When You’ve Got A Spray Tan?
ITV Studios – 63 UP
Title Role Productions – All Inclusive – Is It Worth It?

Team of the Year
ITV Studios – 63 UP
Liverpool Echo – Champions League
The Sentinel – Commercial Editorial

Radio Journalist
Andy Bell – BBC Radio Manchester
Paul Doward – Radio City
Mike Gaffney – Global’s Newsroom North West
Eloise Linford – Hits Radio
Mike Stevens – BBC Radio Lancashire

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  • October 2, 2019 at 9:52 am

    Huge congrats to Liam Thorp, great journo and top bloke.

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