Post dominates O2 awards in memorable year for news and sport events

Photos from the night can be found here

The husband of murdered MP Jo Cox has called on the regional press to fight prejudice and narrow-mindedness in communities.

Brendan Cox told journalists at last night’s O2 Yorkshire Media Awards how local and regional media had a vital role in “bringing communities together”.

He also thanked Yorkshire journalists for “everything they had done to honour his wife’s memory”.

“I wanted to tell you how much Jo valued the role of local and regional media. She often talked about the key role you had in breaking down the prejudice and insularity of different community groups and bringing people together.

That role will become even more necessary in the months and years ahead.

“I also want to thank you for the way you focused on Jo’s life, her ideas, beliefs and values rather than just on the way she was taken from us.

Cox was one of a number of special guests who praised local and regional journalists at the awards in Leeds.

Hillsborough families campaigner Trevor Hicks said the support of the local media had been invaluable during their campaign for justice. Team GB’s Paralympic golden girl Hannah Cockroft delivered “a massive thank you” to the journalists who had covered her career.

“Those words of support give you a massive boost at the starting line,” she added.

Now in their ninth year the O2 Awards are a celebration of local and regional journalism.

Nicola Green, Director of Communications and Reputation at O2 UK, said the awards had produced exceptional examples of regional journalism in what had been a memorable year for news events.

“O2 is proud to be associated with these awards which showcase the very best examples of local and regional journalism,” she added.

During the evening sister titles the Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post took away the lion’s share of the prizes.

The Evening Post was crowned Best Daily Newspaper and also picked up the Community Journalism Award for its campaign to boost organ donors across the region.

The Yorkshire Post won Scoop of the Year, with reporter Rob Waugh’s investigation into overtime payments made to senior fire officers in South Yorkshire and the Post were named Print Team of the Year for their coverage of the Yorkshire floods.

The Yorkshire Post was also joint winner of the Best Website award, while photographer James Hardisty reclaimed the Image of the Year (Stills) title he won in 2015.

Hull Daily Mail chief reporter Kevin Shoesmith was crowned both News Reporter and Feature Writer of the Year. The Mail won the Specialist Publication award with its season review of Hull City FC, and staffer Allison Coggan also won the Specialist Writer (Print) category.

There was success for both BBC Look North and ITV Calendar.

Look North’s Harry Gration and Paul Hudson won the O2 Stand Out Award for their epic fund raising walk in aid of Sport Relief. Their award was announced by Good Morning Britain presenters Susannah Reid and Piers Morgan. Look North Business Reporter Danni Hewson won Specialist Writer (Broadcast) and BBC cameraman Mark Graham picked up the Moving Images of the Year award.

ITV anchors Christine Talbot and Duncan Wood made it a double for the Calendar team with Talbot named TV Journalist of the Year. Her award was presented by Hillsborough victims’ campaigner Trevor Hicks. Wood was crowned best TV Presenter. He sent a thank you message to judges from Kos, Greece, where he’s reporting on Ben Needham, the Yorkshire toddler who went missing in 1991.

In other broadcast categories, BBC radio stations led the field. Radio York won the Broadcast Team of the Year for its reporting of the Christmas flood disasters which hit the city. BBC Radio Sheffield’s Kat Harbourne was named Radio Journalist of the Year and BBC Radio Humberside morning show host David Burns won the Radio Broadcast Presenter award.

BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin hosted the awards’ evening in Leeds alongside O2’s Head of Press and Reputation Dave Massey. Awards were presented by personalities and members of the community who had featured in media stories through the year including GB Olympic and Paralympic heroes Jack Laugher, Rebecca Gallantree and Hannah Cockroft as well as Emmerdale star Isabel Hodgins and Pride of Britain winner Bailey Matthews.


The awards, now in their ninth year, are a celebration of journalism across broadcast, print and digital media.


O2 Media Awards Yorkshire and the Humber 2016 winners

News Reporter

Winner – Kevin Shoesmith – Hull Daily Mail


Highly Commended

Simon Spark – BBC Look North East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire

Rob Waugh – Yorkshire Post

Jon Hill – ITV Yorkshire

Helen Steel – ITV Yorkshire


Specialist Reporter (Broadcast)

Winner – Danni Hewson – BBC Look North


Specialist Reporter (Print)

Winner – Allison Coggan – Hull Daily Mail


Highly Commended

Jonathan Brown – Yorkshire Evening Post

Aisha Iqbal – Yorkshire Evening Post


Feature Writer

Winner – Kevin Shoesmith – Hull Daily Mail


Highly Commended

Tom Richmond – Yorkshire Post

Allison Coggan – Hull Daily Mail

Aisha Iqbal – Yorkshire Evening Post


Best Website

Winner – Yorkshire Post

Winner – York Mix


Highly Commended

ITV Yorkshire

The Star Sheffield

Bradford Telegraph & Argus


Specialist Publication

Winner – Hull Daily Mail – City 2015-16


Highly Commended

The Star Sheffield – Hillsborough

Hull Daily Mail – Heritage

Yorkshire Post – Queen at 90


Television Journalist

Winner – Christine Talbot – ITV Calendar


Highly Commended

Phil Bodmer – BBC Look North

James Vincent – BBC Look North

Andy Seddon – Made In Leeds


Sports Journalist

Winner – Danny Hall – The Star Sheffield


Highly Commended

Matt Dean – BBC Look North East Yorkshire & Lincolnshire

Tom Richmond – Yorkshire Post

Richard Sutcliffe – Yorkshire Post


Young Journalist

Winner – Ben Blosse – Hull Daily Mail


Highly Commended

Gareth Barlow – BBC Radio York

George Torr – The Star Sheffield

Rosanna Austin – Radio Aire


Images of the Year (Stills)

Winner – James Hardisty – Yorkshire Post


Highly Commended

Frank Dwyer – The Press York

Jonathan Gawthorpe – Yorkshire Post


Moving Images

Winner – Mark Graham – BBC Look North


Highly Commended

Michael Newton – ITV Yorkshire

Peter Thompson  – BBC Look North East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire


Radio Journalist

Winner – Kat Harbourne – BBC Radio Sheffield


Highly Commended

Tracy Gee – BBC Radio Leeds

Elly Fiorentini – BBC Radio York

Sarah Urwin – BBC Radio York



Winner – Yorkshire Post  – Fire chiefs’ expenses


Highly Commended

ITV Yorkshire – Baby Ashes scandal

Yorkshire Evening Post  – My Dubai Hell

ITV Yorkshire – Child smuggling


On-Line Media Award

Winner – Insider Media


Highly Commended

The Star Sheffield

Huddersfield Examiner

York Mix


Daily Newspaper

Winner – Yorkshire Evening Post


Highly Commended

Hull Daily Mail

Yorkshire Post


Weekly Newspaper

Winner –  Scarborough News


Highly Commended

Sheffield Telegraph

Rotherham Advertiser


Team of the Year (Print)

Winner – Yorkshire Post


Highly Commended

Little Vikings

Yorkshire Living


Team of the Year (Broadcast)

Winner – BBC Radio York


Highly Commended

BBC Look North

Global Radio

BBC On-line


Weekly Newspaper Reporter

Winner – Katia Harston – Barnsley Chronicle


Highly Commended

Joseph Keith – Wakefield Express

Lynsey Bradford – Barnsley Chronicle

Natalie Derham – Selby Times


Community Journalism Award

Winner – Yorkshire Evening Post – Be A Hero


Highly Commended

Pulse FM – Bradford Fire campaign

BBC Look North East Yorkshire and Lincolnshire – Migrants

Huddersfield Examiner – Community campaigns

ITV Yorkshire – Baby Ashes scandal


Broadcast Presenter (Radio)

Winner – David Burns – BBC Radio Humberside


Highly Commended

Toby Foster – BBC Radio Sheffield

Richard Stead – BBC Radio Leeds

Georgey Spanswick – BBC Radio York


Broadcast Presenter (TV)

Winner – Duncan Wood – ITV Yorkshire


Highly Commended

Lara Roston – BBC Look North

Peg Alexander – Made In Leeds


Best Magazine

Winner – The Dalesman


Highly Commended

The Magazine – Yorkshire Post


The Journal – Hull Daily Mail


O2 Stand Out Award

Winner – BBC Look North – Harry Gration & Paul Hudson


Highly Commended

Phil Iveson – ITV Yorkshire

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