Colin Murray to host the PANI Awards

by • October 9, 2014 • Business, City NewsComments (1)1463




The countdown is most definitely on to the Publicity Association of Northern Ireland (PANI)’s thirteenth awards in the stunning surrounds of Belfast City Hall on 17 October. The glittering awards event, which will be hosted by BBC Presenter Colin Murray, just this week announced the short list of campaigns from across the advertising, marketing and publicity industries in Northern Ireland; and local agency representatives will be out in force on the night to see who brings home the prizes for most creative and innovative campaigns over the last two years.

PANI Awards host BBC Presenter Colin Murray said: “I am delighted to be returning home to host the thirteenth PANI Awards. Having worked in the Northern Irish media industry for several years, I know there is so much talent and creativity here and I’m looking forward to seeing the entries on the night. I would like to take this opportunity to wish all involved the very best of luck.”

Lynne Doherty, PANI Awards Committee Chair and Managing Director of People Power NI, said: “We are delighted to have Colin Murray as our host at the thirteenth PANI Awards.  These awards represent creativity in the media here and Colin embodies that spirit as he is a home-grown talent who started out in journalism with the News Letter, before joining the BBC in Belfast and then becoming a leading national radio broadcaster, television presenter and writer. Colin is not unfamiliar to awards ceremonies having received three Sony Gold Radio Academy awards himself. He has always championed Northern Ireland throughout his career with the BBC, Channel 5 and now with Talk Sport, embracing his love of sport and music as well as bringing the unique Northern Irish wit and wisdom to the world.”

PANI Chair Cathy Martin said: “Our awards represent an important opportunity to showcase a high calibre of work to both peers and clients across the wider publicity and marketing industries. We have received some fabulous entries this year, and the shortlisted entries have given the judges some really tough decisions to make. As PANI Chair, I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time to enter this year’s awards, and congratulate our industry collectively for its creativity in the face of, oftentimes, ever-decreasing budgets as well as its dynamism and adaptability in the face of increasing competition from new forms of media. The awards theme celebrates ‘Past, Present and Possibilities’ and in keeping with this theme, we’ve also taken some learnings from the awards for our own future possibilities.”

The awards are sponsored by Belfast Telegraph, Citybeat, Clear Channel, Downtown/Cool FM, Exterion Media, Irish News, JCDecaux, Mirror Media, UTV, U105 and WG Baird.

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