Essex: Heart Nominated For Awards

The Heart Essex news team has been shortlisted in two categories of the prestigious EDF East of England Media awards.

Heart is the only commercial radio station to be nominated in this year's awards, where it will be up against BBC Essex, BBC Cambridgeshire and BBC Suffolk.

The EDF Energy Regional Media Awards, now in their eighth year, honour the best in journalism across Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire.

Essex newspapers are well represented with both the Basildon Echo and Essex Chronicle each getting six shortlisted entries across three categories each.

Dan Pritchard, EDF Energy regional media manager, was on the judging panel, said, "There’s a real mix of exciting newcomers and established names from across the region who impressed the judges and are worthy contenders."

This is the full list of nominees:

Radio News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
The Dave Monk Show, BBC Essex
Heart Essex
The Ray Clark Breakfast Show, BBC Essex
1962 – The Golden Year of Ipswich, BBC Suffolk

Radio Journalist of the Year
Samantha Appleby, BBC Cambridgeshire
James Melley, BBC Essex
David Paramore, Heart Essex

Newcomer of the Year
Georgina Cotton, Essex Chronicle
James Drummond, Essex Chronicle
Amie Keeley, East Anglian Daily Times
Jacqueline McMillan, Echo
Charles Thomson, Yellow Advertiser

Digital Journalist of the Year
Michael Bailey, Archant Norfolk
Martin George, Eastern Daily Press

Specialist Journalist of the Year
Jon Austin, Basildon Echo
Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
Chris Hill, Eastern Daily Press
Gina Marden, Basildon Echo
Lizzie Parry, Ipswich Star

News Photographer of the Year
Denise Bradley, Archant Norfolk
Ian Burt, Archant Norfolk
Nick Butcher, Archant Norfolk
Simon Finlay, Archant Norfolk
Matthew Usher, Eastern Daily Press

Sports Journalist of the Year
Michael Bailey, Archant Norfolk
Donovan Blake, ITV Anglia
Chris Brammer, Ipswich Star/ EADT
Dave Gooderham, East Anglian Daily Times/ Ipswich Star
Jim Rice, ITV Anglia

Feature Writer of the Year
Colin Adwent, Archant Suffolk
Wendy Brading, Newsquest Essex
Stacia Briggs, Eastern Daily Press
Emma Higginbotham, Cambridge News
Keiron Pim, Eastern Daily Press

Columnist of the Year
Dave Bromage, Herts & Essex Observer
Paul Kirkley, Cambridge News
David Powles, Norwich Evening News
Ellen Widdup, East Anglian Daily Times

Designer of the Year
Annette Hudson, Archant Norfolk
Alex Leys, Brentwood Gazette
Le-anne Reeve, Archant Suffolk

Television Journalist
Emma Baker, ITV Anglia
Elodie Harper, ITV Anglia
Kate Prout, ITV Anglia
Debbie Tubby, BBC East
Jonathan Wills, ITV Anglia

Print Journalist of the Year (Weekly)
Sophia Charalambous, Essex Chronicle
James Drummond, Essex Chronicle
Gemma Gardner, Hertfordshire Mercury
Faye McBride, Essex Chronicle
Neil Speight, Essex Enquirer
Lui Straccia, Luton on Sunday

Print Journalist of the Year (Daily)
Jon Austin, Basildon Echo
Matt Gaw, Archant Suffolk
Melissa Hills, Basildon Echo
Gina Marden, Basildon Echo

Website of the Year

Community Campaign of the Year
Say yes to better broadband in Norfolk, Eastern Daily Press
Cassie’s law, Essex County Standard
A friend in need, Norwich Evening News

Front Page of the Year
Our wedding nightmare, Cambridge News
60 Jubilee, Cambridge News
Roads of death, Essex County Standard
I will bring Wills!, Ipswich Star
Farewell to a city legend, Norwich Evening News

Television News/Current Affairs Programme of the Year
BBC TV East Inside Out
BBC East Late Kick Off
ITV Anglia

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Free)
Bedford Midweek
Cambridge News and Crier
The Hunts Post

Weekly Newspaper of the Year (Paid-for)
Brentwood Gazette
Clacton Gazette
Essex Chronicle

Daily Newspaper of the Year
Basildon Echo
Eastern Daily Press
Ipswich Star