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AUCKLAND, Today: The Comms Council has made changes to this year’s Beacon Awards schedule – and reports only positive responses to the online judging proposals.

“We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the invitation to online judge this year’s Beacon Award entries,” reports an unnamed Comms Council spokesperson.

“Many judges say they are looking forward to keeping their minds busy by focusing on the excellent media campaigns from last year as we all adjust to the new normal.”

There are now new dates on the website for announcement of finalists, creative material requirements, and a date for the announcement of winners at the end of May.

“The Council thanks partners oOh!media and TVNZ, and sponsors Bauer, Nielsen, TRB, Facebook, Google, mi9 and NZME.”

The council is also starting to plan for a ceremony and industry celebration later in the year, “when we are able to gather in large groups again”.

In the meantime, the council is heading online to judge both prelim and category rounds over the next few weeks, and will be making use of Zoom to conduct category round discussions with the convenor Simon Lendrum, on hand to help with eligibility and other queries.

“And who knows, maybe by the time we reach the Executive judging day we can hold this gathering in person again? Here’s hoping.”

The council offered “a massive thanks” to its commercial partners – oOh!media and TVNZ, and sponsors Bauer Media, Nielsen, TRB, Facebook, Google, mi9 and NZME “for continuing to support the industry and The Beacon awards through these coming months”.

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