North West finalists prepare for media showdown

Lancashire Business View has been shortlisted for yet another top regional media award.

The magazine has been nominated in the ‘Specialist Publication’ category in this year’s O2 Media Awards North West.

In a record breaking year more than 420 entries were received across the different categories.

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, November 7.

BBC Breakfast’s Louise Minchin and Dave Massey, O2’s Senior Corporate Communications Manager, will host the evening.

The nomination marks a headline-making year for independent publisher Lancashire Business View, which has seen it receive a hat-trick of honours.

The publication triumphed in the ‘news and magazine’ category at the prestigious Prolific North awards.

It received the coveted ‘Contribution to Lancashire’ honour in this year’s Lancashire Business Awards, hosted by Downtown in Business.

And earlier this year the title received the ‘Time to Shine Partnership Award’ from the charity Cash for Kids after its Red Rose Awards raised almost £40,000 for the local good cause since 2016.

The other publications nominated in the O2 specialist publications category are Liverpool Echo’s Business Post, Newsquest Cumbria’s Farmer and the Lancashire Post’s Inspiring Lancashire title.

The Liverpool Echo and ITV Granada Reports both feature strongly in this year’s list of finalists.

There are multiple nominations too for BBC North West Tonight and its sister radio stations, across both news and sports categories, while regionally based programme makers LA Productions and Blakeway North lead the way in entertainment and drama.

See the full shortlist of O2 Media Awards North West 2019 nominees below:

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

Cheshire Live – ‘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