THE Bolton News was highly commended at a glittering North West O2 Media Awards evening.

Editor in chief Ian Savage was presented with the award in the Daily Newspaper of the Year category at the event which was held at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on Thursday evening.

The category was won by the Manchester Evening News and the newspaper’s coverage of the Manchester Arena bombing was widely praised.

Mr Savage said: “We are delighted that The Bolton News was recognised and received glowing comments from the judges. In the end, the MEN’s coverage of the terrorist attack was superb and they are worthy winners.”

Meanwhile, monthly magazine Asian Image, produced by Newsquest at its Blackburn office, won the Community Publication award and Tyrone Marshall, from the Lancashire Telegraph, Blackburn, walked away with the award for Sports Journalist (Print) of the Year.

Other Newsquest titles, The Lancashire Telegraph in Blackburn and the Westmorland Gazette in Kendal were highly commended in the Daily and Weekly Newspaper of the Year categories respectively.

Almost 300 journalists from newspapers, TV and radio stations across the region attended.

Nick Fellows, managing director of Newsquest North West, said he was delighted at company’s success at the awards.

He said: “This was a prestigious awards evening with some extremely high quality nominations and even to be shortlisted was an achievement in itself and shows what talented journalists we have in the North West and is a testament to their dedication and hard work.

“I would like to congratulate the winners for their thoroughly deserved awards.”

Cumbria daily newspaper The Mail was also highly commended in the Daily Newspaper of the Year category.