UK’s leading BAME female newsreaders have teamed up to host this year’s inaugural Baton Awards 2018.
Keen to address the obstacles facing BAME women, each of the hosts are pioneers in their own right; British freelance journalist and television presenter of Jamaican and Nigerian descent Trish Adudu to date, still holds the mantle of the only Black woman to solely present a Radio Breakfast Show in the U.K, presenting The Breakfast Show with Trish Adudu on BBC radio. Broadcaster and journalist Charlene White was notably the first black woman to present the ITV News at Ten and occasionally co-presented this until October 2015.
Fellow hosts include, Claudia-Liza Armah, English newsreader of Ghanaian descent, who works for London Live TV and has worked for Sky News on several occasions also hosting the BBC‘s 60 Seconds.
Gillian Joseph has over 30 years of broadcast experience, she presents Sky News Sunrise Friday to Sunday with Stephen Dixon and can also be regularly seen across the rest of the output as well as reporting on the road.
‘Not so long ago I was the intern, the green hopeful in the newsroom but now advancing years and experience have placed me firmly in the position of Mentor. It’s a role I actually relish as it is imperative that the baton is passed on, and that is precisely what the awards hope to achieve.’ Gillian Joseph, British Newscaster, Sky News
The Baton Awards 2018 has been designed to inspire BAME women, by celebrating pioneers and innovators, to actively activate change at a grassroots level and create a surge in the number of industries that aren’t being accessed by the female BAME community. Winners will receive their Baton Award 2018, from one of the pioneering predecessors (torchbearers) in the field they have succeeded in and receive ongoing mentoring from their BAME industry pioneer.
Hundreds of nominations have been submitted from all over the world and include distinguished BAME actress Mona Hammond Hammond OBE, best known for her role in EastEnders.
A panel of esteemed judges prepare to shortlist the UK’s brightest BAME nominees, judges include an array of British Pioneers Dr Shola Mos Shogbamimu, leader at the Women’s March on London in 2017, and co-organiser of the 21 January Time’s Up protest and one of WeAreTheCity’s 2018 Rising Star Champion award winners.
You can find out more about the Baton Awards here.