‘Big Week’ TV series takes guild’s top prize

‘Big Week’ TV series takes guild’s top prize

Above: Judging panel chair Alan Dukes, farmer John Fagan, John Cummis of Independent Pictures, and Oonagh O’Mahony of IFP Media, chair of Guild of Agricultural Journalists, at the guild’s 2016 awards. 

Mr Dukes, chairman of the judging panel, said: “It was throbbing with the energy of live television, interspersed with colourful scenes and high levels of practical involvement that made educational and entertaining viewing. And all of this was exemplified by the enthusiasm and personality of the host farmer John Fagan.”

Mr Dukes presented the overall award to John Cummins of Independent Pictures.

Produced by Conor Moloney and Liam Lavelle and broadcast on RTÉ over five nights in April, the series drew an audience of 1.5m, covering topics from badgers and bees to driverless tractors. Aine Lawlor and Ella McSweeney hosted the series.

The prize for best print article went to the Irish Farmers Journal news team for their rolling coverage of public reaction to the salaries being paid to some IFA executives; the Agriland news team won best online coverage for their coverage of the same evolving crisis in the IFA, the senior resignations and elections.

Best print feature article went to Declan O’Brien’s ‘Cowtown Revisited’, a history of the Dublin cattle market. Aisling O’Brien’s Whose Land Is It Anyway? on Radio Kerry won the best radio programme award.

The judges described the programme as “a well-produced radio programme getting to grips with the practicalities of life on the land and the attachment people have for it”.

Peter Varley of the Irish Farmers Journal won best technical article for his ‘On & Off Farm’ series. Mary Phelan, Irish Farmers Journal, won best targeted campaign for her Agri Careers Fair promotion.

Valerie O’Sullivan won best photograph for her ‘One Girl and Her Dog’ picture, which was published in the Irish Farmers Journal.

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