The Political Studies Association awards today saw the BBC‘s Nick Robinson, Radio Four’s The Westminster Hour and Ann Treneman from The Times recognised by the world of political academia.
According to the PSA “Robinson has proved that political coverage can be made accessible to a broad audience At the BBC, and previously at ITN“.
They said: “He has covered political events with clarity and verve, in an accessible, but highly informative, style.”
The Westminster Hour was named political programme of the Year for its “informative, in-depth coverage of political matters”.
The PSA said: “Its serious and thorough coverage of political issues belies claims of ‘dumbing-down’ made in respect of media coverage of politics. Through accurate and concise analysis and excellent interviews with politicians, journalists and academics, The Westminster Hour provides a model of how to cover politics seriously, but in an accessible and lively form.” In January, Carolyn Quinn took over as presenter of the show rom Andrew Rawnsley.
The political satire prize went to Ann Treneman for her sketch in The Times.
The judges said: “Unlike some other satirists Treneman has not been stumped by the replacement of Blair with Brown, whom she has described as a ‘big square bear of a man’ and ‘Hurricane Brown’.”