The winners of the 2006 One World Media Awards were announced in June at Porchester Hall in London. Jon Snow of Channel 4 News arrived just in time to present the awards, with the help of an ITN helicopter, while the keynote speech was delivered over a video link by the renowned economist Jeffrey Sachs.
Among the winners was Sorious Samura, the highly regarded journalist from Sierra Leone, who was named Broadcast Journalist of the Year. The judges gave particular mention to his documentary Living With Aids, in which he engaged viewers with the complex reality of life in Zambia.
The series African School, produced by Lion TV, won awards in two separate categories: the Children's Rights Award, and the newly created MDGs Award, which recognised media addressing and analysing efforts to reach the UN's Millennium Development Goals.
The Special Award for Development Media went to Radio Voice of the People, Zimbabwe, a radio station that has resisted numerous police raids, frequency jams and bomb attacks to broadcast independent news to the people of Zimbabwe in the country's three national languages - Shona Ndebele and English.
John Masuku, Radio VOP Director, said: "What drives us on is the belief in giving a voice to the voiceless – giving the people of Zimbabwe an opportunity to speak freely about issues that affect their lives and country."
Broadcast Journalist of the Year
Sorious Samura - Living with Aids, Insight News TV for Channel 4
Assignment: Message from Mavembo - Jenny Cuffe, BBC World Service
Children of Beslan - Ewa Ewart, Leslie Woodhead, BBC 2
Make Poverty History - Ros Wynne Jones, photographer; John Ferguson, Daily Mirror
New Media Award
Africa Lives on the BBC - Tessa Watt, Seetha Kumar, BBC
Local Media Award
Gambia Hospital - Paul Baker, BBC East
Popular Features Award
Transit - Georgia Arnold, MTV Networks International
Show Me the Money (African School) - Nicki Stoker, Lion TV for BBC 4
Children's Rights Award
Running for your Life (African School) - Sarah Hamilton, Lion TV for BBC 4
International Premiere Award
La Sierra - Scott Dalton, Margarita Martinez
Radio Voice of The People (VOP), Zimbabwe