Pride Media Centre scoops national award

The UK’s first LGBT+ business and media hub has beaten off competition from across the country to scoop a national award.

Gateshead’s Pride Media Centre was named the winner in the Innovation category in the Community Radio Awards, held in Wales, along with being shortlisted in the Station of the Year category for Pride Radio 89.2 FM.

And it is another triumph for the centre which opened just over a year ago and is now home to a whole host of businesses, along with being the base for Pride World Radio, which broadcasts to 127 countries worldwide.

The Community Radio Awards were set up to honour community radio across the UK, with a judging panel made up of broadcasters, academics and the third sector.

Pride Media Centre faced other nominees from across the county to take the prize, recognising the work done to transform the former Stonehills television studio at Pelaw into a vibrant community hub.

Mark Nichols, Chair of Pride Media Centre, attended the ceremony and collected the trophy on behalf of the team.

The centre, which has been supported by Gateshead Council, was transformed and now has a number of tv and radio studios and recording booths, along with 16 offices which have been rented to fledgling businesses from both the LGBT+ community and their supporters.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Cllr Martin Gannon, said the council was “delighted that Pride Community Network has been recognised in this way and this award is well deserved.

Businesses based at the centre are given the chance to develop and be nurtured in the incubator hub, in a safe environment with support given to address any particular issues.

At the same time the centre is planning to run a range of outreach programmes aimed at reaching isolated members of the LGBT+ community and delivering them a range of relevant services.

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