A note to members of the national press from Executive Director Ian Murray.
May I begin by expressing the hope that you, your family and colleagues are both well and safe at
this difficult time.
As executive director of the Society of Editors (SoE) I wanted to bring you up to date with regard to
the Press Awards for the national press which, as you will be aware, are organised each year by the
Entries for the 2019 Press Awards were submitted at the beginning of this year and after the judging
was completed the shortlist of nominations was announced in February shortly before the current
Covid-19 crisis engulfed not just the UK but the world.
The annual Gala Dinner to announce the winners was set to take place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel
in London on April 2, but for obvious reasons the decision was taken early in March to postpone the
event until a later date when it was hoped the situation would have improved.
While there is still the hope the worst of the virus emergency will have passed in the next few
months nothing is certain and after careful thought we have decided the awards ceremony should
not go ahead so late in the year and after so much has taken place in our nation and to our industry.
While the battle to defeat the Covid-19 virus and support the UK public at this time eclipses all
other considerations, I do feel it is important to ensure the hard work and professionalism shown
by our profession during 2019 does not go unrecorded.
The results of the Press Awards will now be published at noon tomorrow (Friday, April 3) and will
be available here on our website.
A special e-brochure for the awards can be found here from today which provides full details of
the nominations, citations, judges’ remarks and the support, gratefully received, from our sponsors.
In anticipation of tomorrow’s results may I congratulate the winners as well as all those nominated.
The best wishes of all at the SoE at this time.