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Radio NZ Dominates Qantas Media Awards

Radio NZ 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 Todd Niall has won the prestigious Bill Toft Memorial Award for Radio Journalism for his portfolio of work on political, business and sporting issues, and for his on-air work as presenter of the Summer Report programme.

Radio New Zealand received several major awards:

Best News Programme - Summer Report
Best Senior News Reporter – Nathan Mills
Best Junior News Reporter – Catherine Wilson
Best Current Affairs Reporter - Sue Ingram
Best News or Current Affairs Presenter – Linda Clark
Best Current Affairs Programme - Sunday Morning With Chris Laidlaw
Best Documentary Programme - Nga Manu Taiko ( Paul Diamond )
Best Feature Programme - Encore : The Story of NZ Theatre ( Lynn Freeman )
Best Broadcasting Student Journalist - Jacobina Plummer

Radio New Zealand journalists also received awards in 15 sub categories.

The Qantas Media Award for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting has been presented to
former Radio New Zealand Chief Executive, Sharon Crosbie, in recognition of her outstanding
contribution to the broadcasting industry.

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.”


National Radio and Concert FM are networks of Radio New Zealand and are funded through New Zealand On Air

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