Grad­u­ate wins ra­dio award

Kapi-Mana News - - EDUCATION -

Whi­tireia grad­u­ate Libby Great­batch took out the Best New Broad­caster cat­e­gory at the re­cent New Zealand Ra­dio Awards.

She was awarded two ac­co­lades in this cat­e­gory; the Best New Broad­caster Creative and Tech­ni­cal award, and the Best New Broad­caster Over­all award.

‘‘This is a fan­tas­tic ef­fort and achieve­ment for Libby,’’ said Jono Manks, pro­gramme man­ager for the New Zealand Ra­dio Train­ing School at Whi­tireia.

Ms Great­batch is a creative writer for The Ra­dio Net­work in Welling­ton and won the gong ahead of 11 other fi­nal­ists.

Four Whi­tireia com­mer­cial broad­cast­ing grad­u­ates were fi­nal­ists in this year’s awards. Along with Ms Great­batch, De­bra Sand­ford was a fi­nal­ist in the As­so­ci­ated Craft cat­e­gory, Emma Helleur was a fi­nal­ist in the Best New Broad­caster – Pro­mo­tions cat­e­gory and Ge­orge Berry was a fi­nal­ist in the Best New Broad­caster – Jour­nal­ist cat­e­gory.

‘‘We were ab­so­lutely thrilled to have four of our grad­u­ates as fi­nal­ists in this year’s ra­dio awards,’’ said Mr Manks. ‘‘To have their tal­ent recog­nised this early in their ca­reers is very ex­cit­ing.’’

The Certificate in Com­mer­cial Broad­cast­ing is a six- month, full­time pro­gramme run from the Whi­tireia Me­dia Train­ing Cen­tre in Welling­ton City and also in Auck­land.

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