Saturday 10 December 2016

Gongs for Nick Grimshaw and Bill Turnbull at Tric Awards

Published 08/03/2016 | 15:26

Bill Turnbull received his award from Sian Williams
Bill Turnbull received his award from Sian Williams

Nick Grimshaw has beaten Chris Evans to be named radio personality of the year at the Television and Radio Industries Club (Tric) awards.

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The Radio 1 breakfast show host took home the prize ahead of his Radio 2 rival and Simon Mayo at a celebrity-packed ceremony at London's Grosvenor House hotel.

Collecting his digital radio personality award, Grimshaw said: "There were two things I wanted to do as a teenager. One was to present the Radio 1 breakfast show and the other was David Beckham."

Ant and Dec, who did not attend the awards, beat Graham Norton and Keith Lemon to be named TV personality of the year, while Match Of The Day received the HD sports programme gong.

Bill Turnbull, who recently stepped down as BBC Breakfast presenter after nearly 15 years in the role, was awarded the news presenter/reporter of the year.

Receiving the award from his former co-presenter Sian Williams, he said: "I deserve the award for being the first presenter to say the c-word live on breakfast television."

Turnbull later explained that he accidentally swore after stumbling over the words "customer"' and "client".

Celebrity Juice was awarded the satellite digital programme prize.

Collecting the award, comedian Leigh Francis, who plays Keith Lemon, joked about a brooch worn by host Kate Garraway, comparing it to a Jim'll Fix It medal.

Collecting his award, he said: "I want to thank all the people who came and asked for a picture while I was eating dinner."

Grand Designs beat Paul O'Grady - For The Love Of Dogs and The Hunt for factual programme, while Downton Abbey was awarded HD drama programme of the year.

Strictly Come Dancing took the reality programme prize and Pointless was named daytime show of the year.

Peter Kay sent a video message after winning the entertaining programme prize for Car Share.

EastEnders was named soap of the year, while Silent Witness was awarded the crime programme prize.

The Tric special award went to hospital drama Casualty after 30 years on BBC One.

Speaking after the awards, EastEnders actor Danny-Boy Hatchard said there was "friendly rivalry" with ITV soap Coronation Street.

"We know it may be their time next year or the year after that," he said.

"It's not going to be a continuing process of EastEnders winning every award going for the next 30 years.

"It's good. It's competition. It keeps us on our toes."

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