This year, necessitated by the pandemic, we are taking the BCO Awards online. The growing strength of the BCO’s regional chapters and their desire to spotlight the very best in each area will feature in a Festival Week of Virtual BCO Awards which will take place from 19 October – 23 October.

Start Date / Time 19 Oct 2020 17:00
End Date / Time 19 Oct 2020 18:30
Venue Virtual Awards
Category BCO Awards
National Yes
Region Midlands and East Anglia
Type Awards
Available to Non Members Yes


The Midlands & Central England Awards will now be hosted online on Monday, 19 October @5pm by the BBC’s former Chief Political Correspondent, John Sergeant, who will be announcing all category winners. Joining John on our virtual stage will be our CEO, Richard Kauntze and Chair of the Midlands Committee, Danny Parmar and Chair of the Judging Panel, Robert van Zyl.

Whilst we are precluded from being together at the ICC in Birmingham, we have worked hard to provide a fabulous experience with all the excitement you would expect at this prestigious and popular event. Virtual events are innovative spaces and we invite you to step into a world of new possibilities: network with your guests ‘face to face’, welcome them for drinks at your virtual table, watch the show “live” on a virtual stage and make contact with others on the guest list. If this sounds fantastic but hard to imagine, don’t worry, we will provide you with an easy to follow “How to Guide”, so all you need to do on the day is to put the Champagne in the fridge and enjoy the event.

However, putting a virtual show of this scale and quality together does incur costs and we therefore would need to ask £70 (excl VAT) per person to cover the expense.

We very much hope that you will join us at the virtual awards show to celebrate the fantastic achievements of the talented teams that have entered their projects this year.

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Probably the only journalist to be doorstepped by a politician, John Sergeant was famously interrupted mid-broadcast by Margaret Thatcher. She emerged from the Paris Embassy, grabbed his microphone and declared her participation in the Conservative leadership ballot. The famous handbagging won John his place in television history and a Press Guild Award for the most memorable outside broadcast.


As memorable as it was, that incident was just one of many in the course of a 30 year career at the BBC, where John became Chief Political Correspondent. As a war reporter, he covered all the major trouble spots, including Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Rhodesia and the Middle East.


After leaving the BBC, and a spell as ITN’s Political Editor, John turned to writing. His memoirs, Give Me Ten Seconds, led to a nationwide tour of a hilarious onemanshow. His witty analysis of Thatcher’s life and career, Maggie: Her Fatal Legacy, became a best seller.


Now a freelance journalist and broadcaster, John is reporter on BBC1’s The One Show, has hosted Have I Got News For You?, and is a regular on many Radio 4 panel shows. John bravely defied his years when he became a hugely popular contestant on Strictly Come Dancing, with unexpected success. John displays his unique wit and keen sense of the absurd, whether his subject is contemporary politics or his experiences in combat zones. He has also been known to tackle his pet hates, which include the television series Casualty, 4x4 cars and…er…buying shoes.





John Sergeant








£70 +VAT per place (plus 4 complementary places)

£140 +VAT for 1 x table (plus another table free of charge at the event)

£700 + VAT  (If you would like to o support the BCO and help cover the costs for the virtual awards you also have the option to pull the full price of £700 and receive an additional table at your chosen event, plus a complementary table at one of the other four regional events. For more information on the pricing structure, please click here.           


Bookings can be made by downloading the booking form and returning to Createvents:, T: 01183 340085




 Tickets for the event will not be issued until payment has been received in cleared funds.
1. Confirmation of booking: Bookings are only accepted with full payment in advance. Your table booking is not guaranteed until you have received written confirmation from CreatEvents. If you do not receive written confirmation within 10 working days, please contact us on 07769 905959.The BCO are unable to raise invoices in advance for payment but will issue a VAT invoice after payment has been received.
2. Cancellation policy: Unfortunately, due to commitments with the venue, we are unable to offer refunds.
3. Lighting and special effects: It is the table booker's responsibility to inform guest(s) that special effects, including strobe lighting, may be used at the event.
These terms and conditions are governed by English law and the courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction over any dispute.