Paul Hardiman, Corporate Communications Partner, Roche & Claudia McVie (widow of Gordon McVie) present the Gordon McVie Award for reporting cancer research to Kat Arney, freelance writer & broadcaster with host Nicholas Owen

The MJA is delighted to welcome back Roche in 2022 as sponsor of the new Gordon McVie Award for reporting cancer research.

In 2021 Roche sponsored the News Story of the Year – General audience category won by Dean Kirby, Northern Correspondent & Cahal Milmo, Chief Reporter of the i newspaper for their piece PPE Chaos Revealed.

Hear from Dean and Cahal on their win in the MJA Awards 2021.

In 2020 Roche sponsored the MJA Awards in the News Story of the Year – Broadcast category.

The award for News Story of the Year – Broadcast 2020 was won by a team from the BBC: Rachael Buchanan (producer/director), Fergus Walsh (correspondent), Julius Peacock (cameraman and editor), Tony Fallshaw (cameraman), Joanne McDonald (graphics)

In 2019 Roche sponsored News Story of the Year – General Audience, and the Award was won by Helen McArdle, Herald & Times Group Newspapers. Helen was not able to get to London for the ceremony — she was literally stopped in her tracks after a tree fell into overhead cables near Carlisle, forcing her to turn back — but she did share the celebrations with a fizzing photo on social media.

Helen McArdle winner News Story of the Year – General Audience 2019

Roche sponsored the Science Explained award at the 2017 MJA Awards. The award went to Linda Geddes for The complex circumstances that defined your gender,  published on BBC Future. 

Kat Arney and Jacqui Thornton were both highly commended. Kat for The viruses that made us human for BBC Focus Magazine and Jacqui for When the miracle of childbirth turns to life and death published by London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Roche has supported the MJA Awards for more than a decade. Chris Saunders, Corporate Communications Lead, said: “We are proud to have supported the MJA Awards over the years. Journalists play a vital role in ensuring that our national conversation about healthcare is balanced, informative and human. In a world where facts and context can sometimes be lost amongst the noise, journalistic excellence is more important than ever before.”

At Roche UK, we focus our energy and investment in developing tests and treatments that change lives and give us more quality time with the people we love. And, together with others, we’re solving healthcare’s greatest challenges; helping to achieve better results by connecting early diagnosis to targeted treatment and ongoing support. 

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