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Coronation Street and EastEnders battle it out for coveted CRE Race In the Media Award
01 June 2005

Coronation Street and EastEnders are both strong contenders to win the ‘TV Soaps’ category at this year’s Race in the Media Awards (RIMA) as the Commission for Racial Equality announces the 2005 shortlist. 

For the first time RIMA will be awarding a film category with ‘Bullet Boy’ (Shine Ltd) up against ‘Wondrous Oblivion’ (Apt Films) for the prize.  The Bill (Thames Television), Sex Traffic (Granada Drama) and 55 Degrees North (Zenith Entertainment) will also battle it out for the TV Drama Award. 

Announcing the shortlist of prize winners today Trevor Phillips, CRE Chair, said:

The quality of entries this year has been excellent with many journalists, programme and film makers producing some outstanding material that has contributed towards the British public’s appreciation of race relations.  Media representation of ethnic minority communities has improved considerably since RIMA was launched 13 years ago, though issues such as integration, Islamophobia and migration from the expanded EU and the continued discrimination faced by Gypsies and Travellers still present huge challenges to all who work in the media.

These awards matter because balanced representation of ethnic minority communities in the media matters.  The industry has a key part to play in this, it is a powerful tool and can go a long way towards helping to build an integrated society.

Judges from the national, regional and ethnic media have short-listed 45 journalists and media organisations across 16 categories from hundreds of entries.  They included journalists Robert Thomson, Krishnan Guru-Murthy, Moira Stewart, Adam Boulton and Tom Bradby and actor and playwright Kwame Kwei-Armah. 

The winners will be announced on Tuesday 28 June at an evening ceremony at the Curzon Mayfair, followed by a VIP after-party at Just St James.  RIMA 2005 will be attended by judges, nominees, a host of celebrities and leading players in the UK media. 

The RIMA 2005 shortlist

TV Soaps 
  • Coronation Street (Granada Television)
  • Family Affairs (Thames Drama)
  • EastEnders (BBC Drama)
TV Drama 
  • 55 Degrees North (Zenith Entertainment Ltd)
  • The Bill  (Thames Television)
  • Sex Traffic (Granada Drama)
TV Factual 
  • What Ron Said (Aspect Television Ltd)
  • Two Tone Britain (Carbon Princess/Channel 4)
  • I'll Show Them Who's Boss: Sleeping Partners (BBC Specialist Factual)

TV News 
  • Body of Work - Kurt Barling (BBC London News)
  • Body of Work - Tim Samuels (BBC News)
  • Norwich Gangsters (Channel 4 News)
Consumer Magazine 
  • Body of Work (Time Out)
  • Body of Work (Good Housekeeping)
Film - Documentaries 
  • Who Killed PC Blakelock? (Films Of Record)
Film - Feature 
  • Wondrous Oblivion (Apt Films)
  • Bullet Boy (Shine Ltd, UK Film Council)
Film - Shorts 
  • Other (Screen East)
  • Coming to England (Floella Benjamin Productions Ltd)
  • The Last Client (Apt Films)
National Newspapers 
  • Young, Muslim and British – Madeleine Bunting (The Guardian)
  • True Colour of Football – Ryan Parry (Daily Mirror)
  • London: The World In One City – Leo Benedictus (The Guardian)
Local Newspapers 
  • Body of Work (Yorkshire Evening Post)
  • Facing up to a new life as a refugee: suburbia's melting pot (Birmingham Post)
New Media 
  • Every Generation (Every Generation Media)
  • Romany Voices (BBC Kent Website)
  • (BBC Asian Network Interactive)
Radio - Drama 
  • Oxford Road – The Story (BBC Radio Berkshire)
  • Romeo and Juliet in Southwark (BBC Radio Drama)
  • Something Dark (BBC Radio Drama)
Radio - Factual 
  • Vote Friction Unique (The Production Company)
  • Untold Stories (BBC Radio Derby)
  • Golly in the Cupboard (BBC Radio Merseyside)
Radio - News 
  • Red Button to Red Ball (BBC Asian Network)
  • Eddie Nestor - Sunday Phone In (BBC London 94.9)
  • Ursula's Story (BBC Radio Wales)
Specialist Magazine 
  • Black & Ehnic Minority Nurses Special Issue (Nursing Standard)
  • Chinatown  (Chinatown Magazine)
  • Body of Work - Vic Motune (The Voice)
  • My Life as a Popat (Feelgood Fiction Ltd, CITV)
  • Kerching! (CBBC Drama)
  • Islam Week (CBBC Newsround)

For more information about RIMA and the shortlisted entrants, contact the CRE Press Office on 020 7939 0106/0064/0072 .

Notes for editors
  1. RIMA is an established part of the media landscape attracting hundreds of entries from television, radio, advertising, print and online.  Created by the Commission for Racial Equality (CRE) to encourage informed coverage of race relations, diversity and multiculturalism, RIMA is self-supporting with extensive sponsorship.
  2. RIMA patrons are: Lord Waheed Ali, Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Floella Benjamin OBE, Sir Trevor McDonald OBE, Tom Paulin, Jon Snow, Uriah Rennie.
  3. RIMA categories are – Consumer Magazine, Film, Local Newspapers, National Newspapers, New Media, Radio Drama, Radio Factual, Radio News, Specialist Magazine, TV Drama, TV Factual, TV News, TV Soaps, Youth, Media Organisation of the Year and Media Personality of the Year.
  4. RIMA sponsors are Belmont Press, UK Film Council, ITV, BBC, Ethnic Media Group, Daily Mirror, National Magazine Co, Five TV, NUJ.
  5. For more information, including winners of past awards, visit the RIMA 2005 microsite


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