Belfast Live was named ‘Best Local / Regional News Site’ at the Drum Online Media Awards.
We were the only Northern Ireland-based news brand to be shortlisted in this year’s awards which recognize original, smart and challenging work on the best platforms.
Our sales team was also highly commended in the Sales Campaign of the Year category for their work with Electric Ireland on the ‘ Pause power ‘which was nominated alongside works from Channel 4, LADbible Group and Evening Standard.
Belfast Live editor-in-chief Ryan Smith said: “It’s a very proud moment for us and it’s great to be recognized among major titles across the UK.
“More people than ever are choosing Belfast Live for their news, with the latest figures from Comscore showing that we remain Northern Ireland’s most widely read business news site.
“We are nothing without our readers, so a big thank you to them for continually choosing us. “
Mark Whyte, Director of Brand Partnerships at Reach, whose team worked on the commercial campaign, said, “Power of Pause was an honor to work and be a part of, and to see him highly recommended in these awards on makes it all the more rewarding.
“The mental health crisis at NI is well documented and given the year 2020 has turned out, helping to normalize the conversation about mental health issues and providing wellness road signs was the key. main objective of this campaign.
“I would like to pay tribute to our Power of Pause partners, Electric Ireland, whose passion to make a difference in our communities is unwavering. “
Anne Smyth, Sponsorship Specialist at Electric Ireland added: “As a brand, Electric Ireland cares deeply about the issues that impact our customers and local communities in Northern Ireland and our hope when we started working on Power of Pause with the Belfast Live team was that we would be able to create content that would inform and support people all over Northern Ireland in their toughest times.
“We are delighted to be recognized for the work involved in Power of Pause and proud of this partnership. “
Other winners included ITV, Channel 4 and CNN. See the full list of winners here .