Yorkshire Post leads field in print categories

BBC broadcast journalists working across Yorkshire and The Humber have achieved a record number of nominations in this year’s O2 Media Awards.

The broadcaster features in 16 of this year’s 24 categories.

It’s the highest number of nominations achieved by the BBC since the awards began in Yorkshire and The Humber nine years ago.

Leading the BBC charge are news presenters Peter Levy of Look North East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire and Look North colleague Amy Garcia.

Hull-based BBC reporter and presenter Caroline Bilton’s investigations in child abuse see her nominated as 2017’s best TV Journalist. Bilton’s husband and BBC cameraman Joe Bilton is also highlighted in the Best Images category.

In the print categories The Yorkshire Post dominates the finalists’ line up. The Hull Daily Mail wins eight nominations with a double citation for the paper’s award-wnning scribe Kevin Shoesmith.

In radio BBC Radio Leeds scoops the other regional stations with six finalists, one ahead of BBC Radio Sheffield.

ITV Calendar has four nominations including one for outstanding journalism, while Made In Leeds, the city-based TV operator, picks up five nominations – including two for one of the the station’s newest presenters, Kerry Maule.

Nominations for best TV programme include BBC Tom’s Ingall’s thrilling documentary on a steam train’s attempt to break a speed record; True North’s documentary investigating the mystery of a man found dead on Saddleworth Moor and the BBCs coverage of Hull’s City of Culture status.


“These awards grow from strength to strength both in terms of diversity and quality. The entries demonstrate how Yorkshire remains home to some fantastic media talent and is also producing the media stars of the future. The judges had a marathon task and had some very difficult decisions to select overall winners from a brilliant line-up of finalists. All of this year’s entries were strong and those who are nominated should feel extremely proud of their achievements,” said Nicola Green, Director of Corporate Affairs at O2.


The presentation evening will take place at Aspire in Leeds city centre on September 28. Nominees should contact Liz@rossitermedia.co.uk to discuss ticket allocation.

The Yorkshire O2 Media Awards are part of a series of regional media contests across the North. Judging for the North West regional awards will take place in August and September.

This year’s nominees for Yorkshire and The Humber are:


Image of the Year (Still photography)

Tony Johnson – Yorkshire Post

James Hardisty – Yorkshire Post

Jon Corken Grimsby Telegraph


Image of the Year (Moving pictures)

Joe Bilton – BBC Look North

Sophie Kitching – Hull Daily Mail

Michael Newton – ITV Calendar


Best Writer

Tony Earnshaw – Yorkshire Post

Roberta  Mothersdale – The Dalesman

Helen Mead – Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Ian McMillan – The Dalesman

Kevin Shoesmith – Hull Daily Mail



Young Journalist

Ben Blosse – Hull Daily Mail

Kristian Johnson – Made In Leeds

Ali Fortescue – BBC Look North

Sam Jones – Whitby Gazette

Ben Bason – Hallam FM


Broadcast Presenter (Radio)

David Burns – BBC Radio Humberside

Toby Foster – BBC Radio Sheffield

Nick Ahad – BBC Radio Leeds

Andrew Edwards – BBC Radio Leeds


Broadcast Presenter (TV)

Amy Garcia – BBC Look North

Peter Levy – BBC Look North (East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire)

Owain Wyn Evans – BBC Look North

Kerry Maule – Made In Leeds


TV Journalist

Gaggan Sabherwal – BBC Look North

Mark Kielesz-Levine – Made in Leeds

Caroline Bilton – BBC Look North (East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire)

James Vincent – BBC Look North


Best Team

Global Radio

Made in Leeds

ITV Calendar (KOS)

BBC Impact Team

Yorkshire Post investigations team


News Reporter (Print)

Kevin Shoesmith – Hull Daily Mail

Rob Parsons – Yorkshire Post

Ruby Kitchen – Yorkshire Evening Post

Rob Waugh – Yorkshire Post


News Reporter (Broadcast)

Gaggan Sabherwal – BBC Look North

David Rhodes – BBC Yorkshire

James Webster – ITV Calendar

Katy Austin – BBC Look North (East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire)


Most Memorable (Print)

Kevin Shoesmith – Hull Daily Mail (Do I look like a terrorist?)

Yorkshire Evening Post (Jo Cox murder)

Rob Parsons – Yorkshire Post (Battle of Orgreave)


Most Memorable (Broadcast)

Jamie Coulson – BBC Look North (Living with dementia)

Caroline Bilton – BBC Inside Out (St Williams investigation)

BBC Look North  (Sammy’ story)

BBC Radio Leeds (Period Poverty)


Community Journalism

Yorkshire Evening Post (Speak Your Mind)

BBC Radio Humberside (Dead Bod)

The Star, Sheffield (Pride in Our Schools)

Gaggan Sabherwal – BBC Look North


Radio Journalist

Jhangir Ahmed – BBC Radio Leeds

Rosanna Austin – Radio Aire

Tracy Gee – BBC Radio Leeds

Charlotte Rose – BBC Radio Sheffield


Best Newspaper (Daily)

Hull Daily Mail

Huddersfield Examiner

Yorkshire Post


Best Newspaper (Weekly)

Goole Times & Selby Times

Bridlington Free Press

Whitby Gazette

Scarborough News


Sports Journalist

Rob Staton – BBC Radio Sheffield

Danny Hall – The Star, Sheffield

Phil Hay – Yorkshire Evening Post

Dave Craven Yorkshire Post


On-Line Journalism

BBC Look North (East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire)

Abigail Davies – BBC Radio York

Huddersfield Examiner

Hull Daily Mail

Graham Walker – Johnston Press


Community Publication

Bridlington Free Press

Just Beverley

The Dalesman – Down Your Way

The Gryphon



Best Magazine

Yorkshire Post – The Magazine

The Dalesman

Yorkshire Post – Country Week

Hull Daily Mail – The Journal


O2 Stand Out Award


Owain Wyn Evans – BBC Look North

Kerry Maule – Made In Leeds

Kofi Smiles – BBC Look North (East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire)


Best Programme (News & Factual) TV


BBC Yorkshire (Tornado, 100mph steam train)

True North (Mystery of the Man on the Moor)

BBC Yorkshire & Lincolnshire (City of Culture)


Best Programme (News & Factual) Radio


Global Radio Yorkshire (Man Down)

BBC Radio Sheffield  – Steve Bailey (Eczema: More than skin deep)

BBC Radio Sheffield – Steve White (The Magic of John Sullivan)

BBC Radio Leeds – Jonny I’Anson (Bare Knuckle Boxing)

BBC Radio Sheffield – Tom Ingall (Women of Steel)


O2 Judges’ Media Award for Journalism


ITV Calendar

BBC Look North

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Rossiter Media Limited


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