Belfast Telegraph

MBE for Holywood TV production boss

By Emma Deighan

Managing director of Waddell Media, Jannine Waddell, has been awarded an MBE for her contribution to broadcasting as part of the Queen's Birthday Honours' list.

The former BBC travel editor has been at the helm of Co Down TV production company Waddell Media since 2003 and has successfully sold productions to global TV giants including The Discovery Channel, History Channel US, and National Geographic as well as Channel 4, RTE, BBC and ITV.

The mother-of-three said: "That letter arrived while I was in South Africa and my husband called me and told me there was something very official looking in the post. I thought, what have I done, am I in trouble?

"I couldn't believe it and I'm not sure who recommended me but it's a huge recognition not just for me, but the company. We are a huge team," she said.

Mrs Waddell and her team have produced 15 series and five one-off documentaries over the past 18 months for the firm, which was started in 1988 by her father Brian Waddell.

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