BBC wins three One World Media Awards

The BBC was the big winner as it collected a hat-trick of prizes across TV and radio at last night’s One World Media Awards.

Tim Whewell’s Radio 4 programme Crossing Continents, which examined the spate of child sacrifices in Uganda, collected the radio documentary award at the event held at King’s Place, in London.

BBC3’s Blood, Sweat & Takeaways collected the popular features award for its film showing six young Brits working in Indonesia’s tuna fishing industry.

The local media prize went to E-Waste/BBC Inside Out London for its investigation into London’s electrical waste.

Dan McDougall collected the inaugural journalist of the year prize for three pieces which appeared in the Mail on Sunday‘s Live magazine.

Judges praised his ability to ‘communicate how the actions of the world’s rich impact upon the lives of the world’s poor and vice versa, and appeal to a UK audience through its innovation and flair”.

McDougall was also shortlisted for the popular features and press awards.

The press award instead went to Ed Caesar for his article for GQ magazine, Congo: The Horror, which detailed the bloody civil war in the country.

Channel 4’s documentary strand, Dispatches, collected two awards, including the children’s rights award for Evan and Jeremy Williams’ film, Orphans of Burma’s Cyclone.

The TV documentary prize was also awarded to Dispatches for Behind Enemy Lines in which reporter Najibullah Quraishi investigated the new frontline that is encircling the north of Afghanistan.

Judges selected two winners in the feature documentary category. Last Train Home, by Chinese filmmaker Lixin Fan, followed migrant workers making their way home for New Year.

Mexican film Presumed Guilty, co-directed by Geoffrey Smith, was also honoured for its examination of the Mexican penal system.

The new media award went to the Makutano Junction project in which a Kenyan TV soap opera is being used to promote global learning and awareness of Africa in UK secondary schools.

The environment award went to The End of the Line, a feature documentary film exploring the effects of over-fishing.

Director Jamie Doran’s documentary Africa Rising won the MDGs Award for coverage that addresses the progress or challenges in meeting the blueprint for international development laid out by the 2015 Millennium Development Goals.

The special award went to Samajhdari – Equal Access (Nepal), a Nepalese radio programme which is changing attitudes to women’s rights and HIV/AIDS prevention.

The One World Media Awards, which were presented this year by Channel 4 News host Jon Snow, are held annually to recognise excellence in media coverage of the developing world.

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