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RNZ Dominates Qantas Media Awards

Radio New Zealand Dominates Qantas Media Awards

Radio New Zealand has dominated the radio broadcasting categories of the Qantas Media Awards announced at a ceremony in Auckland this evening.

The awards, which recognise New Zealand’s best journalists, presenters and programme makers are judged by New Zealand and international experts.

National Radio’s Sue Ingram has won the prestigious Bill Toft Memorial Award for Radio Journalism for her portfolio of work on the Insight programme and for her news reporting from Pitcairn Island during the recent sex abuse trials.

The Qantas Media Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting has been presented to long time Radio New Zealand broadcaster, Henare Te Ua, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Te Reo Maori programming and archiving and the wider New Zealand broadcasting industry.

Radio New Zealand received several major awards:

Best News Programme - Morning Report Best Senior News Reporter – Sue Ingram Best Current Affairs Reporter - Sue Ingram Best Current Affairs Programme - Tagata O Te Moana Best Documentary Programme - The Gujurat Experiment and After Mabo Phil Smith Best Feature Programme - Rakiura and The Waiting Room Halina Ogonowska-Coates

Radio New Zealand journalists also received awards in 23 sub categories.

Commenting on Radio New Zealand successes in the Qantas Media Awards, Chief Executive, Peter Cavanagh, emphasised the importance of the awards to the industry.

“ The Qantas Media Awards provide a broad based measure through which Radio New Zealand staff can compare themselves with worthy peers in the highly competitive electronic and print media. As a public service broadcaster we set ourselves exacting standards of quality and professionalism. Success in external awards means that we have measured up to the highest standards of broadcast journalism established by both local and international judges.

“We take pride in the quality of our news, current affairs and feature programmes. It is reassuring to see that talent and excellence continue to thrive in this country’s broadcasting media.”

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