Diversity In Media Awards 2017: Lily Allen, Reggie Yates And Rio Ferdinand Are Big Winners At Inaugural

The event celebrated those who work to promote diversity across Britain’s media industries.

15/09/2017 22:00

Lily Allen, Reggie Yates and Rio Ferdinand were the big winners at the inaugural Diversity In Media Awards on Friday (15 September).

Singer Lily was honoured for her her passionate and outspoken support for those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire, picking up the Hero Of The Year Award at the star-sudded ceremony.

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Lily Allen

The awards celebrated those who work to promote diversity across Britain’s media industries, and also saw presenter Reggie Yates beat the likes of Graham Norton to be named Presenter Of The Year. 

Former footballer Rio Ferdinand was also awarded Media Moment Of The Year for his documentary, ‘Being Mum And Dad’, which saw his open up about parenting his children in the wake of his wife Rebecca Ellison’s tragic death in 2015. 

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Reggie Yates

Labour MP Diane Abbott, who this year celebrates thirty years since being elected the UK’s first black woman MP, also won the prestigious Icon of the Year award.

There were also gongs for ‘Gogglebox’ and actor Russell Tovey at the event, which was held at London’s Hilton Waldorf Hotel. 

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Rio Ferdinand 

Commenting on the winners, Diversity in Media Awards host, Jane Hill, said: “It has been a fantastic night that has rightly celebrated people and organisations across the media who are making a real difference in promoting the values of diversity.

“So many brilliant people have won awards and there were some very special moments.”  

Awards co-founder, Linda Riley, added: “There is still much to do to ensure that every strand of British media accurately reflects the diversity of society but these awards are a great way to celebrate those who are already doing it. It has been wonderful to celebrate such inspirational role models.” 

Myleene Klass, Mollie King, Susanna Reid, Ollie Locke, Gemma Collins, Michelle Collins and Beverley Knight also among were amongst the showbiz names who came out in support of the event. 

2017 Diversity in Media Award winners include:

Broadcaster of the Year:  Reggie Yates

Hero of the Year: Lily Allen

Media Moment of the Year: Rio Ferdinand: Being Mum and Dad

Icon of the Year: Diane Abbott MP

TV Programme of the Year: Googlebox

Journalist of the Year: Matthew Cain (Attitude)

Rising Star of the Year: Victoria Broom

Actor of the Year: Russell Tovey

Broadcaster of the Year: BBC

Production Company of the Year: Betty

Marketing Campaign of the Year: Jabong

Media Organisation of the Year: Simon Jones PR

Blogger/Podcaster of the Year: Gemma Turner

Radio Programme of the Year: Badass Women’s Hour

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