u.tv wins Online Platform of the Year

Published Saturday, 28 June 2014
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u.tv has been named Northern Ireland's Online Media Platform of the Year at the CIPR Media Awards in Belfast.

u.tv wins Online Platform of the Year
UTV’s team receive the CIPR Media Platform Of The Year award (© CIPR)

UTV's website and news apps were up against NI 4 Kids, The Sunday World, The Belfast Telegraph and The Detail.

The judges described the winning platform as "a fantastic site with everything you need in life".

"Suitable for desktop and mobile platforms, (it is) a very well thought out simple to navigate site with the user in mind," they said.

Michael Wilson, Managing Director, UTV Television said it was a "fabulous achievement".

"The digital team at UTV have delivered a great site, great user numbers and now received the recognition they deserve from a panel of some of the industries most respected journalists," he said.

"I congratulate the whole team."

The Belfast Telegraph's site was highly commended in the category during the ceremony held at the MAC theatre.

Over 260 people from the world of media, public relations and business attended the annual gala event hosted by Eamonn Holmes on Friday night.

It is organised by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations in Northern Ireland to honour local journalism.

Paul Clark, who fronts UTV Live and UTV Live Tonight, was highly commended as news and current affairs presenter in a category won this year by the BBC's Stephen Nolan.

UTV's programme marking the 20th anniversary of the Shankill Bomb in October last year was highly commended in the news and current affairs programme category.

Correspondent Jane Loughrey, who had covered the story of the atrocity as a young reporter in 1993, went back to the Shankill to speak to victims and relatives on the eve of the anniversary.

BBC Spotlight was named news and current affairs programme of the year, showing "the importance of whistle blowers to go public".

The Belfast Telegraph was named daily newspaper of the year, while the Sunday Life won in its category.

Mike Gilson was named journalist of the year, while Deric Henderson, who stepped down earlier this year as Ireland editor of the Press Association after 33 years with the agency and 45 years in journalism, received the CIPR Chair award.

Former editor of the Belfast Telegraph Martin Lindsay was the winner of the Lifetime Achievement award.

Congratulating the winners, CIPR NI Chair Chris Love said: "These awards celebrate the strength of our local media who bring colour, debate and insight from the very heart of what is making the news. This year's standard of entries were exceptional and judging proved to be tougher than ever before. "


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Comments Comments
dawn in belfast wrote (215 days ago):
Well done excellent site and app . When I need a news fix I go straight to it on my phone the best for local coverage of news
Steven in Belfast wrote (218 days ago):
What!! How did it manage that?
Mark in Belfast wrote (218 days ago):
Lol utv win award and comments appear !!!! Now we know why utv won lol.
colin in bangor wrote (218 days ago):
well done it's a much loved mobile phone platform for the news
Jim in Carrickfergus wrote (218 days ago):
I would leave a comment but the moderator must be off sick as no comments on any issue are getting displayed
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