Radio Wanno Wins Top Award

Radio Wanno

A prison radio run in conjunction with Kensington and Chelsea College earned a high-profile win at a prestigious awards ceremony recently.

Radio Wanno, the prison radio station that broadcasts to HMP Wandsworth walked away with both the winning and highly commended title for the Radio Category of the IVCA Clarion Awards 2010.

The awards recognise excellence in communicating issues including diversity, health and welfare matters in the public, charity, social enterprise and corporate sectors.

Radio Wanno were nominated twice in the Radio Category, which they went on to win with their entry ‘The Safety In Custody Documentary’. A second nomination for their entry ‘An Interview with Stephen Fry’ also scooped the Highly Commended title.

The award winning documentary was praised for its efforts to engage with prisoners and increase awareness about support and services available to vulnerable prisoners and those with mental health issues.

This year’s ceremony was held at the British Film Institute on the Southbank, London.

Kevin Field, Project Manager of Radio Wanno commented: ‘These awards say so much for the Radio Wanno project. The Safety in Custody Documentary is an ideal example of a prison radio station doing what it should, linking in to its community and providing information for the opportunity of change. It is a real achievement to qualify in the first place, but then to go on and win is the perfect recognition for all involved.’

Marco Forgione, IVCA Chief Executive commented: ‘This years’ IVCA Clarion Awards winners have once again demonstrated the high levels of creativity, innovation and best practice in ethical and inclusive communications which are a true inspiration to all of us in the visual communications industry. Many congratulations to Radio Wanno for their excellent and much deserved winning entry.’

Radio Wanno is the prison radio station broadcasting via in cell televisions to the prisoners of HMP Wandsworth, Western Europe’s largest prison. The radio project is managed by Media for Development a not for profit organisation, with radio production courses delivered by Kensington and Chelsea College and in partnership with HMP Wandsworth.