Tessa Padden, the presenter of Close Up, has been nominated for Best Presenter at the North East and Border Centre RTS Awards.
Close Up is produced by Becoming Visible, and is the BSL Zone's in-depth interview show. The first series interviewed well-known Deaf people such as Doug Alker and Lilian Lawson, and the second series is currently in production.
Tessa attended the ceremony last weekend, and can be seen in the photograph on the left-hand side. Although she didn't win, the evening was still a positive occasion.
Dawn Marshall, from Becoming Visible, said:
"By shortlisting Tessa for this award, the television industry in the North East and the Borders region is recognising the outstanding quality of Tessa’s work and the high quality of Close Up. We are delighted to receive this recognition for a BSLBT presenter and programme. It is Becoming Visible’s first venture into television production and we feel honoured to receive this recognition for our very first series."
John Wilson, who is a BSLBT trustee, attended the ceremony and said:
"Although she didn't win, both Becoming Visible and BSLBT were still smiling massively as we were immensely proud to be part of the celebration of another Deaf outstanding achievement in the world of television and in the face of very strong competition! I would like to say a very big thank you to Dawn Marshall of BecomingVisible for making me welcome. And Tessa, you're always the WINNER in our eyes!"
Watch all episodes of Close Up by clicking here.