BBC colleagues win prestigious television award

A TRIUMPH for two broadcast journalists from Leeds is being celebrated today.

Although they’re not involved with this particular walkout, BBC Inside Out producer Nicky Addyman and presenter Jamie Coulson, have this week received ballots for industrial action at the Corporation in protest against threatened compulsory redundancies and a rejected pay claim.

Last night in London, they won the prestigious Royal Television Society regional award for their coverage of the death of Michael Barnett, the Hull man who was swept to his death in a storm drain during last year’s horrendous floods.

Nicky, who until recently was the NUJ’s mother of chapel at the BBC in Leeds, yesterday visited Yorkshire Post and Yorkshire Evening Post strikers before getting the train to London for the awards ceremony.

BBC producer and former MoC Nicky Addyman talks to NUC vice president Pete Murray on the picket line in Leeds

BBC producer and former MoC Nicky Addyman talks to NUC vice president Pete Murray on the picket line in Leeds

“Their success is a credit to dedicated journalism in the face of continued management pressures,” said NUJ national executive council member Adam Christie.

“Nicky and Jamie and everyone else working for the BBC in Leeds show us every day just how much journalism matters to our communities. It’s great that the RTS has recognised their work in this way.”

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