BBC World Service won the award for best radio feature at tonight’s Diageo Africa Business Reporting Awards in London. There was good competition not least from The World Tonight’s Paul Moss, the BBC’s own Will Ross and even Capital FM.

Much chuckles ensued at the plush art deco London Park Lane hotel when about 8 BBC staff got up to accept the award . . .”Typical BBC overstaffing!” some wag muttered in my ear as I squeezed through the throng for my moment of glory. Naturally I should have told him about all the folks that weren’t there but who should’ve been (Julian Bedford was far too modest too go onstage) . . . but I bit my lip and made sure he saw me carrying the (ridiculously heavy) trophy on the way back.

I’m chuffed not least because the BBC’s Africa Slowdown week was a real team effort . . Julian Keane and Julian Bedford in Senegal, Komla Dumor with Helena Merriman in Zambia and myself Rob Young, Andrew Walker, Nik Young and Krupa Thakrar in Dar es Salaam plus James x 2 and Alistair back at base in Bush. It wasn’t just radio either . . there was the fabled ‘tri-media’ too: TV, Radio and Web. . . speaking of which click on the pic below to see my contribution.



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