Thursday, June 15, 2006

Sir Trevor honoured at media awards

Former ITV newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald has been named Media Personality of the Year at the Race in the Media Awards.Despite Sir Trevor's win, the BBC took the bulk of awards at the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) awards at the Royal Opera House.

The BBC won 10 of the 20 titles, including Media Organisation and best Broadcast Soap, with the BBC Asian Network's Silver Street beating EastEnders and Coronation Street.Meera Syal's Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee won the corporation the TV Drama title, while BBC London News took the TV News category.

The BBC was also awarded the Film Documentary, Radio News, Radio Drama, Radio Factual and Youth awards. ITV won the TV Factual award for Poles Apart, an edition of Tonight with Trevor McDonald.But the broadcaster had only been nominated for one other award - Broadcast Soap, which was taken by the BBC - and as a result, went away with just the two gongs.Gee Walker, the mother of murdered black teenager Anthony Walker, and the Rt Rev John Sentamu, who became the Church of England's first black Archbishop last year, lost out to Sir Trevor in the Media Personality Award.

Judges credited the former newsreader with helping to "enlighten British people's understanding and awareness of race relations" through his "integrity and commitment to objective and fair reporting".CRE Chair Trevor Phillips said: "The UK's first black news anchor.

Excuse me but. . . . . Isn't this just the sort of thing that the CRE is supposed to stop. It would be only fair for the CRE to have a White Race in Black Media Award as well, otherwise this event stands out as a racist event specifically to high light the predudiced that exist within the CRE.

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