BBC Five Live Victoria Derbyshire wins award for MRC Harwell programme
Our congratulations to Victoria Derbyshire, the BBC Radio Five Live team, and the staff at MRC Harwell for winning the Live journalism - radio category at this years international broadcasting awards.
The programme was a fine example of how openness can provide excellent opportunities to talk about animal research.
Victoria Derbyshire recorded from the Mary Lyon (MRC) animal research centre near Oxford. She heard about the scientific research that takes place, and watched scientists carrying out tests on mice in order to find new ways of treating diseases such as Alzheimers and diabetes.
The show pulled no punches, featuring a cervical dislocation live on air, complete with an explanation of how, although the body was kicking, the animal had experienced an instant death. It was followed by a further phone-in, which revealed a range of views.
It was clear from the range of voices we heard that the staff at the Mary Lyon Centre were not only enthusiastic about their work but also really knew how to put their points across to a general audience.
What emerged was an honest and balanced portrayal of animal research, accurately articulating how and why research is done, allowing the public an opportunity to determine the value to them of this research.
The award judges obviously thought the programme was of value, describing it as
"classic investigative journalism and in-depth reporting, well-balanced and thoroughly researched"
You can listen to the programme by downloading it here.