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Financial Times named News Provider of the Year for third time at BJAs

Posted on: December 10, 2020 by Mariella Brown

The Financial Times has been named News Provider of the Year for a record third time at the British Journalism Awards this week.

Dan McCrum also of the FT was named Journalist of the Year for his investigation into German payments company Wirecard, which exposed a multi-billion euro fraud.

The awards organised by Press Gazette, which recognise public interest journalism across national, regional and broadcast media, were announced virtually due to Covid-19.

The BBC’s Emily Maitlis scooped Interviewer of the Year for her “outstanding” face-to-face with Prince Andrew, while the Guardian’s Matthew Weaver and Mirror’s Pippa Crerar and Jeremy Armstrong took Scoop of the Year for their “must-read” exposé of Dominic Cummings’ lockdown trip to Durham.

The Daily Express was awarded Campaign of the Year for their Time to End Cystic Fibrosis Drug Scandal – another accolade for the crusade after the paper picked up the British Journalism Review’s Cudlipp Award at the Society of Editors’ Press Awards earlier this year.

Meanwhile the Daily Mail’s £11m PPE fundraising drive Mail Force picked up the inaugural Public Service Award.

New this year was the Barbara Blake-Hannah Award, named after the UK’s first black on-screen TV news reporter.  The award, for the best up-and-coming BAME journalist, went to Kuba Shand-Baptiste of The Independent.

Press Gazette editor-in-chief and chairman of the judges, Dominic Ponsford, said the awards would “provide a vaccine which I believe is almost 100% effective against any doubts that journalism is the most important and exciting job in the world”.

“Despite furloughs, pay cuts and the challenge of swapping the newsroom for the spare room and the ‘Zoom room’, there has been a huge amount to celebrate and admire about the way journalists have risen to the challenge of covering the biggest story since World War Two,” he added.

The full list of winners appears on Press Gazette.