Mind Media Awards 2017 shortlist revealed as Fearne Cotton announced as this year’s host.
Top of the Pops: Fearne Cotton will host the 2017 Mind Media Awards.
“I am thrilled to be hosting this year’s Mind Media Awards. This event honours progressive journalists who are truly making a difference to the way that we all think about mental health through their sensitive and responsible reporting. It also celebrates the amazing people who are sharing their personal stories of living with mental health problems so that they might help others. I am excited to be following in the footsteps of Stephen Fry, Jo Brand and Freddie Flintoff in hosting this prestigious event. It promises to be a wonderful and heart-warming evening and I can’t wait to see who the winners will be in 2017.” – Fearne Cotton, Mind ambassador
The shortlist for this year’s prestigious Mind Media Awards was announced yesterday with Fearne Cotton revealed as host of this year’s event on Monday 13th November 2017 at the ODEON in Leicester Square, London.
This Morning, Cold Feet and Rio Ferdinand’s BBC documentary have all earned nominations on this year’s diverse shortlist. The annual award ceremony celebrates the very best portrayals and reporting of mental health problems across broadcast, print and digital media and film.
Stories from those with personal experience of mental health problems have a strong presence this year, with those nominated including BBC documentary Mind over marathon, Telegraph journalist Bryony Gordon’s Mad World podcast, and TalkSPORT’s On the sporting couch series.
The Soaps and Continual Series category, always hotly contested, sees EastEnders, Hollyoaks, Casualty and Call the Midwife go up against each other.
“Mental health has received unprecedented attention in the media over the last year. Public figures as diverse as Prince Harry and Stormzy have put mental health on the media agenda like never before. Mind has seen the impact of this coverage, with more people calling our infoline for help and support and more people accessing the services offered by our local Minds. We received a record number of entries for this year’s Mind Media Awards. I would like to say thank you to all those who submitted material and to congratulate those who made it to the shortlist. It’s going to be an extremely tough decision for our judges this year.” – Paul Farmer, Chief Executive of Mind
The winning entries will be chosen by an expert panel of judges who have personal experience of mental health problems or have produced their own work championing mental health issues in the media.