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Midlands Media Awards 2019 nominations announced

30 October 2019


The nominations have been announced for this year’s Midlands Media Awards.

More than 170 journalists, photographers, PR companies and media organisations from across the Midlands region have been nominated for the prestigious awards.

To view the nominations, click HERE.

This year the ceremony is being held at the Holte Suite, Villa Park, Birmingham on the evening of Friday November 15th, with a drinks reception at 6.30pm.

Hundreds of entries have flooded in from across the region, stretching as far as North Staffordshire, Lincolnshire, Oxfordshire and Herefordshire.

The annual awards are organised by Birmingham Press Club, the oldest Press Club in the world.

Press Club Chairman, Llewela Bailey said: “We have had another tremendous response this year and we are truly grateful to each and every entrant.

“The judges have had a really tough job – they have managed to whittle the enormous number of entries down to these nominees, now we must wait until November 15th to find out who has won!”

More than 30 senior journalists and ex-journalists were involved in the judging process.

Tickets for the awards can be obtained at and go to “Buy Tickets”.

Tickets are priced at £85 per person (including VAT) or £800 for a table of ten.


Any queries, please contact Peter Brookes on 07974 454503 or

Media Awards Attract “Highly Impressive” entries

24 October 2019


Almost 220 entries have been received for this year’s Midlands Media Awards, which recognise the achievements of the region’s journalists, photographers, broadcasters and bloggers.


The awards, which take place at The Holte Suite, Villa Park, on Friday 15 November, are being scrutinised by a panel of more than 40 media experts, including nine former newspaper and magazine editors, amongst them award-winning Fiona Alexander and Gary Phelps.


Fiona, who is director of communications at University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, was editor of both The Birmingham Post and Sunday Mercury, while Gary, who now runs his own communications company, twice won the Newspaper of the Year accolade while editor of the Tamworth Herald.


Other former editors on the judging panel are Amanda Woolley (Business & Finance East Midlands), Chris Mair (Group Editor, Newsquest, East Wales weekly titles), Christopher Mowbray (Public Security), Murray Morse (Irish Post/Cambridge News), Neil White (Derby Telegraph), Peter John (Worcester News), and Nick Hudson, who was the launch editor of Spain’s first national English-language weekly.


Also included on the panel are Dave Woodhall, editor of, John Duckers, ex-business editor of The Birmingham Post; Dan Barton, former head of news at ITV Central West and now assistant director, corporate communications at West Midlands Police , former Smooth Radio programme controller Alan Carruthers and ex-TV executive Laurie Upshon, who is chairman of the judging panel.


Llewela Bailey, chairman of Birmingham Press Club, commented: “Despite recent challenging times for the industry, which has been hit by redundancies and title closures, it is very encouraging to have received such a highly impressive list of entries. I’m especially pleased that our Newcomer of the Year category attracted 18 entries – beaten only by the News Reporter of the Year category – which augurs well for the future.”


Ticket prices for the event are £85 (including VAT) for individuals, while tables of ten are available at £800.


Tickets may be booked via Click on to “buy tickets” for various options on how to purchase.


Enquiries:  Peter Brookes, Press Club director

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Villa Park setting for Midlands Media Awards

24 September 2019


One of Birmingham’s premier leisure venues is to host this year’s prestigious Midlands Media Awards – which sees the introduction of a new category to engage with the public relations sector.


The event, organised by Birmingham Press Club to celebrate the achievements of the region’s journalists, photographers, broadcasters and bloggers, will take place on Friday 15 November in the renovated Holte Suite at Villa Park, Birmingham.


Press Club chairman Llewela Bailey said: “This is the 18th year of the awards, which showcase the tremendous professionalism of media specialists throughout the East and West Midlands. There is a wealth of media talent in the region and the Awards clearly demonstrate that we are amongst the best in the country.


“This year we have extended our range of highly-contested categories – and introduced a new element, which recognises the public relations industry, acknowledging campaigns which generate positive publicity,” added Llewela.


Entries for the award’s 24 categories – which also recognise the best use of social media and the skills of multi-media journalists - will initially be scrutinised by a panel of professionals who will then submit a shortlist to the final judging panel. Deadline for entries is 18 October.


Details on how to enter the awards are on :


Ticket prices for the event are £85 (including VAT) for individuals, while tables of ten are available at £800.


For further information regarding the awards, sponsorship opportunities and tickets please contact Press Club Events Committee members Fred Bromwich ( and Peter Brookes (