u.tv wins Online Platform of the Year

u.tv wins Online Platform of the Year

u.tv has been named Northern Ireland's Online Media Platform of the Year at the CIPR Media Awards in Belfast.

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.u.tv is officially the Online Media Platform of the Year!!! #ciprnima14pic.twitter.com/PUa0Uav1hR— Conor Shanley (@Conor_utv) June 27, 2014Paul 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. "Well done to all highly commended & #ciprnima14award winners tonight, including our own Paul Clark (without an e). pic.twitter.com/NsmNescnld— UTV (@utv) June 27, 2014 

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