Echo sportswriter named Merseyside Journalists of the Year

Chris Bascombe, the Liverpool Echo's sports writer, has won the Merseyside Journalist of the Year award.

received his accolade from Bill Kenwright CBE, guest of honour at the
Merseyside Media Network Journalism Awards staged at the Holiday Inn
Lime Street.

Bascombe also won the Sports Journalist of the Year category, adding another £150 to his winnings.

by Littlewoods Shop Direct Group, the awards recognise members from the
Merseyside Media Network, contact point for more than 200 journalists
from newspapers, television, radio, magazines and Internet providers.

journalists also won other categories. Greg O'Keefe claimed The Scoop
of the Year and Jason Roberts collected the Photo-Journalist of the
Year award.

And the Liverpool Daily Post and Echo's Kate Mansey and Adrian Butler shared
the Newcomer of the Year prize with Amber Tan of Mercury Press and
Laura Finn, BBC Radio Merseyside.

Special jade plaques was
presented to Bill Kenwright for services to entertainment, arts and
soccer, comedian Stan Boardman for services to comedy and Peter Grant,
the Echo feature writer, for services to journalism and the arts.

monies raised by ticket sales and raffles on the night with be shared
between the sponsors chosen charities, Alder Hey Childrens' Hospital
and the Weston Spirit.

The Echo's Sunrise Fund, BBC Charitable
Trust, Radio City's Give A Child a Chance and the Journalists' Charity
will also be beneficiaries.

Other category winners: News
Journalist: Andy Kelly and Jessica Shaughnessy, Daily Post; Features
Journalist: David Charters, Daily Post; Broadcaster: Radio City Team
and Andy Gill, BBC North West Tonight.

Freelance: Andy Swanson,
Mercury Press; Business: Sophie Freeman, Liverpool Daily Post and Andy
Gill, BBC North West Tonight; Designer: Colin Sumpter, Sportsmedia;
Student: Angela Johnson, Community College; Special commendations: BBC
Radio Merseyside team, Radio City Team.

Winners of the Barrel of
Laughs award, endorsed by Cains Brewery, were: Andy Bonner, Granada
Reports, Steve Shakeshaft, Paddy Shennan and Luke Traynor, Liverpool
Echo; David Charters, Daily Post.


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