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TRIC Awards 2021 WINNERS: Piers Morgan BEATS Susanna Reid as GMB wins big

Piers Morgan beat his former Good Morning Britain co-host Susanna Reid to scoop News Presenter Of The Year at the TRIC Awards 2021 on Wednesday.

The TV star, 56, looked delighted to be back with his old colleagues at the event held in London, as the breakfast show led the winners at the star-studded awards.

It was also a day to remember for his former co-star Kate Garraway, who was recognised with a special award after continuing her tireless TV and radio work while her husband Derek Draper battles Covid-19. 

Close: Piers Morgan reunited with his former Good Morning Britain co-presenters Kate Garraway and Susanna Reid on the red carpet at the TRIC Awards 2021 on Wednesday

Piers sensationally quit the breakfast show following his comments about Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview and subsequent onscreen clash with co-star Alex Beresford back in March. 

But it seemed his dramatic departure didn’t stop him being honoured for his tireless presenting during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, beating out both Susanna and Huw Edwards to scoop the coveted prize.

GMB itself also scooped the prize for Multi-Channel News, while fellow ITV staples This Morning and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here awarded gongs for Daytime and Reality respectively.  

2021 TRIC Awards: The Winners

RADIO PROGRAMME

Capital Breakfast with Roman Kemp – WINNER

Kate Garraway

The Jason Manford Show

FOOD PROGRAMME

Gordon Gino & Freds American Road Trip – WINNER

Saturday Morning with James Martin

The Great British Bake Off

NEWS PRESENTER 

Huw Edwards

Piers Morgan – WINNER

Susanna Reid

PODCAST OF THE YEAR 

David Tennant Does a Podcast With… – WINNER

Off Menu with Ed Gamble and James Acaster

Sh**ged Married Annoyed

ENTERTAINMENT 

Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway

Bradley Walsh & Son: Breaking Dad

Gogglebox – WINNER

NEW DRAMA 

Bridgerton

Des

Gangs of London

REALITY 

I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!

The Masked Singer

Strictly Come Dancing

SPORT 

A League Of Their Own

Match of the Day

A Question of Sport

DRAMA 

Call the Midwife

Killing Eve

The Crown

FACTUAL 

24 Hours in A&E

Ross Kemp Living with…

The Repair Shop – WINNER

SOAP ACTOR 

Danny Dyer

Jane Danson

Shelley King – WINNER

COMEDY 

After Life

Sex Education

Would I Lie To You? – WINNER

DAYTIME 

Steph’s Packed Lunch 

The Chase

This Morning – WINNER

TV PERSONALITY

Alison Hammond

Ant & Dec – WINNER

Bradley Walsh

MULTI-CHANNEL NEWS 

BBC Breakfast

Good Morning Britain – WINNER

Sky News

RADIO PERSONALITY 

Roman Kemp – WINNER

Tony Blackburn

Zoe Ball

SOAP OF THE YEAR 

Casualty

Coronation Street – WINNER

EastEnders

Emmerdale

TRIC SPECIAL AWARD

KATE GARRAWAY

 

 

Happy! The TV star, 56, looked delighted to be back with his old colleagues as he stood between them and posed for snaps

Happy! The TV star, 56, looked delighted to be back with his old colleagues as he stood between them and posed for snaps

Honour: It was a day to remember for his former co-star Kate, 54, who was recognised with a special award after continuing her tireless TV and radio work while her husband Derek Draper battled Covid-19

Vision in white: The GMB host looked incredible in her elegant white outfit which she paired with rose gold heels as she was seen clutching her award

Honour: It was a day to remember for his former co-star Kate, 54, who was recognised with a special award after continuing her tireless TV and radio work while her husband Derek Draper battles Covid-19

Seal of approval: He delivered a thumbs up as he was recognised for his TV presenting and broadcasting achievements

Seal of approval: He delivered a thumbs up as he was recognised for his TV presenting and broadcasting achievements

Funny: Getting in on the reunion was Ben Shephard, who also joined them on the red carpet

Funny: Getting in on the reunion was Ben Shephard, who also joined them on the red carpet

Had enough: The presenter left the show (pictured) following comments he made about Harry and Meghan's Oprah interview

Had enough: The presenter left the show (pictured) following comments he made about Harry and Meghan’s Oprah interview

Famed duo Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly were crowned the winners of the TV Personality category, while Roman Kemp was named best Radio Personality. 

Roman’s co-star Siân Welby was seen clutching a TRIC trophy as their Capital Breakfast show secured an award in the Radio Programme category.

The Soap Of The Year gong was given to Coronation Street, with the show’s actress Shelley King landing the Soap Actor prize. 

BBC programme Would I Lie To You? was announced as the winner of the Comedy category and The Repair Shop scooped the gong for best Factual show. 

Colleagues: Piers threw his arms around the ladies, proving their are no hard feelings between the trio

Colleagues: Piers threw his arms around the ladies, proving their are no hard feelings between the trio

Celebration! Siân Welby was seen clutching a TRIC trophy as her Capital Breakfast show secured an award in the Radio Programme category

Green without envy: She looked dazzling in a jade green dress which revealed her toned legs

Celebration! Siân Welby was seen clutching a TRIC trophy as her Capital Breakfast show secured an award in the Radio Programme category

Dream team: She was joined by Capital co-star Roman Kemp who was also named best Radio Personality at the exclusive event

Dream team: She was joined by Capital co-star Roman Kemp who was also named best Radio Personality at the exclusive event

The Crown was awarded the prize for the Drama category. Gordon Ramsay, Gino D’Acampo, and Fred Serieix were elated when their show American Road Trip! was recognised for the Food category award. 

Piers looked dapper in a black suit, crisp white shirt and black shoes as he larked around with his friends on the red carpet ahead of the awards show, throwing his arms around both Susanna and Kate to prove there are no hard feelings between the trio.

Getting in on the reunion was Ben Shephard, who also joined them on the red carpet.

Ben remains the main male anchor on GMB while Piers still is yet to be replaced with a full-time Monday-Wednesday anchor.

Smart: Meanwhile Piers looked dapper in a black suit, crisp white shirt and black shoes as he larked around with his friends

History: Piers sensationally quit the breakfast show following his comments about Meghan Markle and subsequent onscreen clash with co-star Alex Beresford back in March

Smart: Meanwhile Piers looked dapper in a black suit, crisp white shirt and black shoes as he larked around with his friends

Having a laugh: Piers pulled a funny pout for the camera alongside the two women

Having a laugh: Piers pulled a funny pout for the camera alongside the two women

Ben looked smart in an eggplant-hued suit over a crisp white open-collar shirt with a silver pocket square, while Piers went for a classic back suit. 

Piers stormed off GMB in March as he discussed the Harry and Meghan interview, where he expressed his belief that Meghan was lying during the chat with Oprah Winfrey and that the couple damaged the royal family’s reputation. 

The outspoken host left the daytime series after he insisted he ‘didn’t believe a word’ of Meghan’s account of suffering suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the royal family.  

Piers then walked off set after a fierce debate with Alex, in which the weather presenter accused Piers of unfairly ‘trashing’ Meghan, and branded him ‘diabolical’. 

When Piers walked off screen, Alex continued: ‘I’m sorry but Piers just spouts off on a regular basis and we have to sit there and listen.’  

Piers, who refused to apologise, later announced his resignation and tweeted his thanks to the GMB team, praising them for their ‘hard work and dedication’ that led to them beating their main breakfast TV rival.  

And Piers shared his own reflections on the events of that fateful week in a piece for the Mail On Sunday shortly afterwards. 

Fun: Susanna - who looked incredible in a red cocktail dress - looked like she was having a great time chatting to Piers

Fun: Susanna – who looked incredible in a red cocktail dress – looked like she was having a great time chatting to Piers 

Piers called Alex ‘GMB’s occasional stand-in weatherman’ and ‘uptight’ in the telling account, adding that the presenter hasn’t messaged him since his exit unlike others on the show.   

Reflecting on their now infamous encounter on GMB, which ended in Piers leaving the studio, Piers said he wasn’t going to sit there and be ‘whacked’ by one of his own team. 

Pier’s comments about the Duchess of Sussex’s interview led to the highest number of complaints in Ofcom’s history.  

The Duchess of Sussex also made a formal complaint to Ofcom about Piers after he dismissed her account of suffering suicidal thoughts and experiencing racism at the hands of the royal family.   

Dynamic duo: Susanna beamed as she stood beside Piers in her red dress and sparkly silver shoes

Dynamic duo: Susanna beamed as she stood beside Piers in her red dress and sparkly silver shoes 

Autumn chic: Liberty - who appeared in this summer's series of Love Island - still rocked a tan as she posed for snaps in a black lace strap-top and chocolate slacks

Golden gal: She matched the look with a blazer, which she wore over her shoulders for snaps

Autumn chic: Liberty – who appeared in this summer’s series of Love Island – still rocked a tan as she posed for snaps in a black lace strap-top and chocolate slacks. She matched the look with a blazer, which she wore over her shoulders for snaps

Following her own reunion with Piers, Kate was honoured with a Special Award for her tireless broadcasting work while her husband Derek Draper’s continues to recover from a year-long battle with coronavirus.

It comes just days after the star won Best Authored Documentary at the National Television Awards, while offered viewers a harrowing glimpse of Derek’s battle with the virus.

Kate – who has children Darcey, 15, and William, 12, with Derek, 54 – has since revealed that she hopes to make a follow-up to the show.

She told The Sun: ‘We are going to make another documentary, there are plans for more. Derek has a very short window of energy, but we are trying. He has been home for four months now and it was enough for him being home. Now we are really hoping we can have more and more people in to see him.’ 

Also among this year’s winners was Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly who were given the award for TV Personality, beating This Morning’s Alison Hammond and Bradley Walsh. 

Following it’s hard-hitting storyline depicting Yasmeen Nazir’s horrific abuse by her controlling husband Geoff Matcalfe, Coronation Street was awarded the prize for Soap Of The Year, whie star Shelley King was given the award for Soap Actor. 

Gogglebox scooped the award for Entertainment, while racy period series Bridgerton scooped New Drama.

Pretty: Liberty wore amber-hued strap heels and accessorised with gold jewelry. She swept her golden locks back from her features and made a statement with bright red lipstick and a thick sweep of mascara on her lashes

Pretty: Liberty wore amber-hued strap heels and accessorised with gold jewelry. She swept her golden locks back from her features and made a statement with bright red lipstick and a thick sweep of mascara on her lashes

The TRIC Awards 2021 kicked off on Wednesday afternoon at 8 Northumberland Avenue in London – with Love Island’s Liberty Poole leading the glamour on the red carpet.

Liberty – who appeared in this summer’s series of the ITV2 show – still rocked a golden tan as she posed for snaps in a black lace strap-top and chocolate slacks.

She matched the look with a blazer, which she removed and slung over one shoulder for snaps. 

Liberty wore amber-hued strap heels and accessorised with gold jewelry. She swept her golden locks back from her features and made a statement with bright red lipstick and a thick sweep of mascara on her lashes.

Liberty was among the early arrivals, along with Good Morning Britain co-anchors Kate and Susanna who looked stunning in cocktail dresses for the event.

Kate – who can’t move for an awards ceremony at the moment, momentously scooping the National Television Award last week for her documentary Finding Derek, about her husband’s battle with COVID-19 – wore a flowing white wrap-dress with delicate sleeves and a floor-length skirt.

Her GMB colleague Susanna wore a figure-hugging red dress with silver heels and wore her dark locks loosely around her shoulders. 

Charlotte Hawkins looked radiant in a layered semi-sheer frock while Georgie Porter donned a tiny emerald mini-dress and Charlie Brookes went all-black at the event. 

Since 1931 TRIC has promoted mutual understanding and goodwill among those in broadcast technology​ and related industries, across TV, Radio & online platforms and, as a not for profit organisation, it raises money for good causes through social events and the high profile TRIC Awards.

For over 50 years TRIC has been recognising the on air talent across TV, Radio & online which continues to showcase and praise the diverse talent in UK broadcast media.

TRIC brings the industry together to support good causes through its annual events, corporate partners and the sponsorship opportunities.

TRIC involvement extends to all platforms consumers watch, listen and tune into today to reflect the evolution of the UK’s brightest and most innovative of industries. You can be part of a broadcasting tradition through attending or sponsoring TRIC events.

Event: Since 1931 TRIC has promoted mutual understanding and goodwill among those in broadcast technology​ and related industries, across TV, Radio & online platforms and, as a not for profit organisation, it raises money for good causes through social events and the high profile TRIC Awards

Event: Since 1931 TRIC has promoted mutual understanding and goodwill among those in broadcast technology​ and related industries, across TV, Radio & online platforms and, as a not for profit organisation, it raises money for good causes through social events and the high profile TRIC Awards

Shows: For over 50 years TRIC has been recognizing the on air talent across TV, Radio & online which continues to showcase and praise the diverse talent in UK broadcast media

Shows: For over 50 years TRIC has been recognizing the on air talent across TV, Radio & online which continues to showcase and praise the diverse talent in UK broadcast media

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