Saturday, 11 October 2008

Best Broadcast Interview Award With Johnston

Carrie Gracie, presenter of 'The Interview', has won an award for her interview with the BBC Correspondent, Alan Johnston.

The Nick Clarke Award for 'Best Broadcast Interview' was won by Carrie after her interview with the Gaza Correspondent, who was kidnapped and held for nearly four months.

Alan Johnston was the BBC's Gaza Correspondent, who was kidnapped by Palestinian militants in 2007.

There was a massive backlash to the kidnapping, with the BBC launching an appeal, and there were protests worldwide. Pressure was put on the political party Hamas to try and have Johnston released.

The BBC compiled a timeline of events from his capture, through the stories of murder, to his release on the 4th July 2007.

Carrie Gracie's interview with Johnston covered his feelings while incarcerated, his feelings towards his kidnappers and his plans for the future.

The full interview can be heard here.

Speaking to BBC News, Kevin Marsh ,the former Today editor and one of the judges for the award said of the interview that it was "conducted in Nick's spirit, offering a rich radio experience of remarkable quality".

The award was launched in honour of the fromer presenter of Radio 4's The World at One, who died in 2006. The winner of the award is given a dozen bottles of 'good claret' - as Nick Clarke himself would have enjoyed such a prize.

The interview with Alan Johnston by Carrie Gracie is notable, in that it is the first time the award has been given out.

The Radio 4 controller Mark Damazer said "I believe Carrie Gracie will be the first in a long line of terrific broadcast journalists to win an award named after one of the BBC's greatest interviewers".

By giving out awards such as this, it gives journalists something to aspire to as well as recognising quality in an interviewer.

I find the award notable because one in the future I plan to be among the terrific broadcast journalists to win the award!

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