Radio lifeline scoops award

The role of Radio Canal Révélation in reuniting families separated during the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo has won the station a Special Award in the One World Media Awards.

It was described as providing a lifeline to listeners in a region deprived of newspapers for over a decade in the awards that recognise the achievements of media professionals in furthering our appreciation of international affairs.

The station’s founder, Richard Pituwa, said: “No one believed that we would dare to function under the circumstances, but our team of volunteers never stopped working, even when our town was overrun with militia and ubiquitous gunfire”.

International editor for Channel 4, Lindsey Hilsum, was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year and was singled out for her 12-week coverage of the Iraq war.

The BBC scored a hat-trick by scooping three of the 12 awards in the TV Documentary, Children’s Rights and Radio Documentary categories.

Lord Bill Deedes received a special commendation from the judging panel.

They wished to recognise his lifelong commitment to reporting difficult stories from remote parts of the world — most recently about Sudan.

Newscaster Jon Snow presented the awards.

Other awards included: TV Documentary Award: Orphans of Nkandla, Brian Wood of the BBC.

The Press Award: Spectre Orange, Cathy Scott-Clarke and Adrian Levy of the Guardian Weekend magazine. The Local Media Award went to the Abandoned Children Appeal, Eastern Daily Press. Popular Features Award: Meeting Mandela: A Staying Alive Special, MTV. The New Media Award: Institute for War and Peace Reporting website (www.iwpr.net). The Photojournalism Award: Iron People, Alfredo D’Amato of Panos Pictures for Eight Photojournalism magazine.

Women in Society Award: Kim Longinotto, Channel 4.

The International Premier Award: S-21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine, Institut National de l’Audiovisuel.

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