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Friday, 6 April, 2001, 16:26 GMT 17:26 UK
Race awards recognise diversity
Hope and Glory
Lenny Henry's Hope and Glory scooped award
The BBC has picked up a host of awards at the Race in the Media Awards.

It won nine of the 18 awards at the ceremony backed by the Commission for Racial Equality.

Channel Four collected the broadcaster of the year award and Brookside actor Louis Emerick, who plays Mick Johnson, was judged media personality of the year.

The awards are designed to recognise the contribution of ethnic minorities in broadcasting.

Benjamin Zephaniah
Poet Benjamin Zephaniah won radio prize

Newsreader Moira Stuart and writer and Goodness Gracious Me star Meera Syal were on hand to present the awards.

BBC One drama Hope and Glory, which starred comedian Lenny Henry, was named best TV drama.

Deserting viewers

Newsround won the award for best children's programme for a special edition on racism.

Acclaimed poet Benjamin Zephaniah's radio play Listen to Your Parents claimed best radio drama.


The overall title of broadcaster of year was awarded to Channel 4 for the "refreshing way it gave an integrated and consistent portrayal of diversity."

Commission chairman Garbux Singh said he was pleased with the progress the industry had made to recruit more people from ethnic minorities.

But he warned of broadcasters alienating viewers.

He said: "Figures already show that black and Asian viewers are deserting terrestrial television in record numbers.

"Broadcasters must either adapt, or risk becoming increasingly irrelevant.

"If people do not like what they see, hear or read they will go elsewhere."

Award winners in full

Regional/local newspaper - Peter Lazenby, Yorkshire Evening Post

Specialist magazine - Hospital Doctor

Consumer magazine - Reader's Digest

TV news - Sian Kevill, Newsnight (BBC 2)

TV factual - New Model Army (made by Umbrella Pictures for Channel 4)

TV entertainment - Drumbeat (Carlton Television)

TV drama - Hope and Glory (BBC 1)

Radio factual - Not Welcome in Clubland (All Out Productions for BBC Radio 1)

Radio news - BBC Asian Network for coverage of Runnymede Trust Report on the Future of Multi-Ethnic Britain

Radio entertainment/music - Mr Entertainment (Ladbroke Productions for BBC Radio 2)

Radio Drama - Listen to Your Parents (BBC Radio 4)

Soaps - Westway (BBC World Service Drama)

Broadcaster of the year - Channel 4

Children's programme - Newsround Special: Racism (BBC 1)

Youth programme - Test of Time: Forgiveness (BBC2)

Advertising - National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (Child And Maternal Nutrition Unit, Department of Health)

Websites - Asian Life (BBC Online -

Media personality of the year - Louis Emerick (Mick Johnson in Brookside - C4)

See also:

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