One of the best-known faces of HTV Wales, Jonathan Hill has been named BT Welsh Journalist of the Year. He got the judges’ vote for his ‘superbly researched and chilling report’ on convicted murderer Mark Shillibier which also earned him the BT Welsh News Broadcaster of the Year title at a ceremony at Cardiff’s Hilton Hotel last night (Tuesday , May 1).
There were some strong entries in the category but judges said Jonathan had produced a ‘highly accomplished portfolio of items which set the agenda rather than followed it’.
His report on Shillibier, now suspected of being a serial killer, plus his tough interview with the Archbishop of Cardiff, the first he had given to the media after the jailing of a paedophile priest, earned him the coveted double award.
Jonathan headed the list of 14 category winners at the BT Welsh Media Awards 2000, in last night’s ceremony. He won £250 and the BT trophy.
Highly commended in the broadcast category was Catherine Gorman, also from HTV Wales, who caught the judges’ eye with ‘an excellent cross-section of stories that demonstrate strong all-round skills’.
Catherine is a journalist on HTV’s current affairs series, ‘Wales This Week’ which was also highly commended in the BT Welsh News/Current Affairs Programme category.
The judges said ‘Wales This Week’ had two excellently told stories about a community fighting back against a reign of terror which had driven people from their homes and the amazing story of a Welsh cyber bandit who had hacked into credit card accounts of 26,000 people
HTV also won the BT Welsh Website Publication of the Year award which went to htvwales.com whose Website co-ordinator is Phillip Probert. Judge David Felton, editor of The Independent Online, said the site employed ‘solid journalistic, technical and design skills’ and was ‘easy to navigate, has good interaction, a clean design and an ideal mix of text, video and audio’.
Elis Owen, HTV Wales Controller and Director of Programmes, said of Jonathan Hill’s double award, "It is justifiable recognition of one of our best journalists. Jon joined us from the Cardiff Journalism School and has fulfilled the promise he showed then. His success justifies our policies of developing our own talent.
"I’m also thrilled our Website, built partly on the strength of HTV News, has won a prestigious award and that ‘Wales This Week’ has been recognised once more for its journalistic strength and viewer appreciation.