Louise wins coveted radio award

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FORMER Clitheroe Royal Grammar School pupil Louise Hulland (pictured) hit the national spotlight this week.

Louise (25) won the 2005 Gold Sony Radio Academy Award in the feature category for her work on Radio 1.

Her documentary: "Missing the Message," broadcast on World Aids Day, highlighted young people in the UK living with HIV.

Louise said: "The last national safe sex campaign was 20 years ago – so a generation has grown up with a shocking knowledge of what it is, this coupled with poor sex education in schools means that in Britain there are more than 50,000 people living with HIV and last year more than 6,500 were diagnosed. That's 18 every day. One in three are between 15 and 30 years-old."

The judges commented: "This programme is a master class on how to connect a young audience to a painful subject (AIDS) and hard-hitting evidence they may well not wish to hear.

"This was achieved by meticulous research and skilful scripting, interwoven with appropriately contemporary music. Powerful and effective documentary radio".

A former resident of Read, Louise had aspirations to become a journalist from a young age. She spent several periods of work experience at the Clitheroe Advertiser and Times, followed by stints at The Journal, Newcastle, Sky's film programme and ITN.

She went on to gain a theology degree at St Chad's College, Durham University, saying at the time: "Theology helps you understand people's motivations and the good and bad things about the world."

A weekend job at Radio Lancashire saw her launched on to the air waves and made up her mind that her future career was in radio.

A member of the Unique radio production company, Louise told us: "My job is a showbiz reporter for the commercial radio network, so I present bulletins, make packages and reports for radio.

"I've covered the BAFTAs, film premieres and awards ceremonies and interviewed a range of people from Julie Andrews, Cliff Richard, Michael Palin and Sean Connery to Kylie, Blue, Britney Spears and Halle Berry.

"Before that I worked at Radio 1 as a researcher for Newsbeat, Chris Moyles, Jamie Theakstone and Jo Whiley. I also now contribute to LBC and BBC London 94.9."