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C4 triumphs at One World Awards

C4 triumphs at One World Awards
David Wood
11 May 2011

Channel 4 won a total of five awards at last night’s One World Media Awards including Journalist of the Year which went to Channel 4 News’ International Editor Lindsey Hilsum.

Hilsum beat off stiff competition in an all-female line up to scoop the coveted gong at the event which recognises excellence in media coverage of the developing world.

She was the unanimous choice of the judges, who described Hilsum’s reportage from Gaza, Afghanistan, Iraq and the Congo as “story-telling at its best”.

“This was a master class in challenging and provocative journalism. Her stories gave voice to the vulnerable and exposed the harm that comes from political spin and official corruption,” was the judges' verdict.

C4 clocked up a further four awards including two for the channel’s international current affairs strand Unreported World. The Television Award went to Unreported World: Philippines – The City with Too Many People (Quicksilver Media for Channel 4) - an expose of conditions in Manila, one of the world’s most overpopulated cities.

The Environment Award, sponsored by the International Institute for
Environment and Development, went to Unreported World: Pakistan – After the Floods (Quicksilver Media for Channel 4) – an investigation into the catastrophic consequences of the disaster.

The Drama Award, which highlights the contribution of drama in bringing international stories to UK audiences, was won by Peter Kosminsky’s critically acclaimed Channel 4 series The Promise, exploring Britain’s role in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Children’s Rights Award, sponsored by UNICEF UK and judged by a panel of young people aged between 16 and 19, went to Dispatches – Children of Gaza (True Vision Productions for Channel 4) which follows the lives of children living in the aftermath of the Israeli attack on Gaza in December 2008.

The BBC scooped a hat-trick of awards across TV and radio. The Documentary Award, sponsored by Malaria Consortium, went to Welcome to Lagos (Keo Films for BBC2) – an observational documentary series exploring life at the sharp end of one of the most extreme urban environments in the world. The Radio Award went to the BBC World Service’s Assignment strand for India’s Microcredit Meltdown, an investigation into the crisis hitting India’s microcredit industry.

The Popular Features Award went to Blood, Sweat & Luxuries, Gold and E-Waste (Ricochet for BBC3), in which six young British adults lived and worked alongside people in Africa who who mine, manufacture, process and recycle luxury goods.

Marion Bowman, director, One World Media, said: “In a year like this, it’s great to recognise the outstanding work that so many journalists, filmmakers and broadcasters do in the developing world. They often put themselves in harm’s way, but they are true internationalists and, importantly, help the rest of us understand what is going on in
the world and how we are all connected. We’d like to congratulate all of the nominees and winners.”

The ceremony was hosted by Jon Snow, with guest speaker Alan Duncan MP, Minister of State for International Development, and attended by key figures from the media industry, government, and development NGOs.

The Awards will be broadcast to a global audience on BBC World News on 14 and 15 May.

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