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22.12.06
Falmouth Broadcast Journalism graduate wins Royal Television Society Reporter of the Year

University College Falmouth Broadcast Journalism graduate, Nick Waite, has been named Reporter of the Year at the prestigious Royal Television Society (Devon & Cornwall) Programme Awards for his contribution to St Helier-based Channel Television.

Founded in 1978, the Royal Television Society Awards recognise excellence in regional programme making, and this year's awards were presented at a ceremony in Plymouth.

Since graduating from University College Falmouth's long-established and successful postgraduate diploma in Broadcast Journalism, Nick has worked as a reporter for the BBC in Guernsey; as a producer and reporter for ITV1 Westcountry; and for a number of independent radio stations.

Nick joined Channel Television just a year ago and has already delivered a number of exclusive stories regarding local and regional politics. In addition to being honoured for his talents in delivering hard news, Nick was also commended for his ability to bring character and colour to his stories and features.

"I'm thrilled to receive the award and thank Falmouth for training me to be a journalist," said Nick of his win. "I was up against some tough competition from Julie Fisher and Jonathan Gibson from ITV West Country – both are long serving reporters – but I'm delighted that Channel Television has achieved this recognition for meeting the highest standards in UK broadcasting."

"I was absolutely delighted when I heard that Nick had been nominated for Reporter of the Year in the Devon & Cornwall Royal Television Society annual awards," said Broadcast Journalism Course Leader, Dr Denis Gartside. "When he was announced as the winner at the awards ceremony, I was overwhelmed with joy," he added. "Nick really deserves this success and it just goes to show that only four years after graduating from Falmouth, you can reach the top of the profession."

University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall, a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through higher education. The CUC is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.

Through the College's Creative Enterprise Cornwall project, which is part-funded by the European Social Fund, eligible students can receive a fees discount of up to £1,000 on postgraduate study at University College Falmouth. For further information, visit www.falmouth.ac.uk/cec.

For further information about PgDip/MA Broadcast Journalism, please visit www.falmouth.ac.uk/broadcastjournalism, email admissions@falmouth.ac.uk or telephone Admissions on 01326 214386.

For further information contact Jilly Easterby, Public Relations Officer, University College Falmouth on 01326 213792 or email jilly.easterby@falmouth.ac.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2, through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). University College Falmouth is a partner of the CUC.

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Clare Morgan
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Objective One Partnership Office
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Pydar Street
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Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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