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Thursday, 6 July, 2000, 13:26 GMT 14:26 UK
BBC sweeps science awards

Rocket launch: Fast, accurate reporting impressed the judges
The BBC has won every award for which it was eligible at the UK's most prestigious awards for science journalism.

BBC News Online journalist Dr Damian Carrington won in the online category for a series of reports on the Ariane 5 rocket launch, all filed from French Guiana.

The radio award at the Glaxo Wellcome - Association of British Science Writers ceremony in London went to Helen Sewell, of the BBC Radio Science Unit. She reported from Armenia on a controversial treatment for Aids. All four nominations in the category were broadcast on the BBC World Service.

A Horizon documentary about a terrible bone disease won the television award for producer Steve Ruggi, who shared the prize with Nigel Henbest, script writer for Channel 4's The Universe.

Winners in the print section included journalists from The Daily Telegraph, The Independent and New Scientist:

  • Best science feature in a newspaper:
    Aisling Irwin, for "Gene warfare" in the Daily Telegraph
  • Best science feature in a periodical:
    Robert Matthews, for a feature on scientific fraud in New Scientist
  • Best science news item:
    Steve Connor, for "It is Britain's pre-eminent medical journal. Now its reputation hangs on a single issue."
  • Best communication of science in a non-science context:
    Oliver Morton, for "The universe is savage" in Prospect magazine.

The awards have been running since 1966.

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