Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 27 August 2014

Belfast Telegraph scoops top CIPR press gong

Bill Turnbull, BBC breakfast, Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph, Coca-Cola CIPR Specialist Journalist of the Year, Claire Flaherty Belleek Living and Joanne Sweeney, Chair of CIPR.
.Bill Turnbull, BBC Breakfast, Mike Gilson, Belfast Telegraph Editor with Coca-Cola CIPR Newspaper of the Year award, Zoe Cunningham, Communications Manager Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland and Joanne Sweeney, Chair of CIPR.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography
Bill Turnbull, BBC breakfast, Darren Kidd, Press Eye, Coca-Cola CIPR Photographer of the Year, John Harrison, Harrison Photography, sponsor and Joanne Sweeney, Chair of CIPR.Photo by Simon Graham/Harrison Photography

The Belfast Telegraph has been named Newspaper of the Year at the prestigious Press and Broadcast Awards.





A string of wins at the glittering ceremony hosted by the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) in the Europa Hotel capped a hugely successful year for the Tele.

Reporter Claire McNeilly won both Newcomer of the Year and Specialist of the Year for an outstanding series of scoops, while the Business Telegraph triumphed in the Supplement of the Year category.

Meanwhile, the Belfast Telegraph’s sister paper Sunday Life was named Sunday Newspaper of the Year.

Gail Walker, the Belfast Telegraph’s Deputy Editor (Features), was Highly Commended in the Feature Journalist category for her exclusive interview with Peter Robinson in the wake of the Iris revelations earlier this year.

Belfast Telegraph editor Mike Gilson said: “This has been a great night for the Belfast Telegraph and a recognition of the outstanding level of journalism achieved over the past year.

“The Belfast Telegraph strives every day to produce stories which make the difference to the lives of people across Northern Ireland and will continue to do so.”

Guest speaker, BBC News presenter Bill Turnbull, told a packed room that the quality of journalism that is evident across the whole of Northern Ireland's media was perfectly displayed in the winning Belfast Telegraph.

“It is a sad fact that newspapers thrive on bad news. In Northern Ireland, that was certainly true and there was no peace dividend for the press - quite the reverse,” he said.

“But one paper that was always the most powerful media voice in the region is learning to live in the tough world of multimedia competition, gradually being transformed into an essential read against a vastly different economic, social and political background.

“The big hard stories are still there, of course, but so are the consumer investigations, lifestyle features and brilliant supplements, all backed up by a rejuvenated website.”

The judges described Claire McNeilly as a great reporter who brought new insights to some of the biggest stories of the year.

The Business Telegraph was described as a lively and comprehensive weekly guide to Northern Ireland’s business sector.

Deric Henderson, of the Press Association, was awarded the Journalist of the Year title.





Full list of winners:



COCA-COLA CIPR NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Category winner, Print media Newcomer of the Year

Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph



Category winner, Broadcast media Newcomer of the Year

Peter Cardwell, BBC Northern Ireland



Overall winner, Newcomer of the Year

Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph

Sponsored by Queen’s University, Belfast with the Martin O’Hagan Bursary sponsored by the Sunday World.









COCA-COLA CIPR PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Category winner, News Photographer of the Year

Darren Kidd, Press Eye



Category winner, Regional Photographer of the Year

John McVitty, Impartial Reporter



Category winner, Sports Photographer of the Year

Darren Kidd, Press Eye



Overall winner, Photographer of the Year

Darren Kidd, Press Eye

Sponsored by John Harrison Photography



COCA-COLA CIPR CAMERAMAN/CREW OF THE YEAR

Blane Scott UTV



COCA-COLA CIPR CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR

Highly commended: The Adams Family, Insight, UTV



Winner: The Iris Robinson Investigation, Spotlight, BBC Northern Ireland



COCA-COAL CIPR NEWS PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR

Winner: UTV Live Tonight Special on the Ryan Report



COCA-COLA CIPR NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Commended: Jonathan Gibson, Daily Mirror



Winner: Jeremy Kirker, The Irish News



COCA-COLA CIPR SPECIALIST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Category winner, Broadcast Specialist Journalist of the Year

Ken Reid, UTV



Category winner, Print Specialist Journalist of the Year

Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph



Overall winner, Specialist Journalist of the Year

Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph

Sponsored by Belleek Living



COCA-COLA CIPR FEATURE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Category winner, Print Feature Journalist of the Year

Suzanne Breen, Sunday Tribune



Honourable mention, Print Feature Journalist of the Year

Gail Walker, Belfast Telegraph



Category winner, Broadcast Feature Journalist of the Year

Claire Savage, BBC Northern Ireland



Overall winner, Feature Journalist of the Year

Suzanne Breen, Sunday Tribune

Sponsored by Belleek Living



COCA-COLA CIPR Magazine/Supplement of the YEAR

Category winner, Magazine of the Year

PURE



Category winner, Supplement of the Year

Business Telegraph



Overall winner, Magazine/Supplement of the Year

PURE

Sponsored by mxbrandcom



COCA-COLA CIPR NEWS/Current Affairs Broadcaster of the Year

Category winner, Radio News/Current Affairs Journalist of the Year

Kevin Sharkey, BBC Northern Ireland



Category winner, Television News/Current Affairs Journalist of the Year

Darragh McIntyre, BBC, Northern Ireland



Overall winner, News/Current Affairs Broadcaster of the Year

Darragh McIntyre, BBC, Northern Ireland



COCA-COLA CIPR SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Category winner, Broadcast Sports Journalist of the Year

Denise Watson, BBC Northern Ireland



Category winner, Print Sports Journalist of the Year

Brendan Crossan,The Irish News



Overall winner, Sports Journalist of the Year

Brendan Crossan, The Irish News

Sponsored by The Sports Council for Northern Ireland



COCA-COLA CIPR BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Category winner, Broadcast Business Journalist of the Year

Kevin Magee, BBC Northern Ireland



Category winner, Print Business Journalist of the Year

Gary McDonald, Irish News

Overall winner, Business Journalist of the Year

Gary McDonald, Irish News

Sponsored by Phoenix Natural Gas







COCA-COLA CIPR WEEKLY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Jim Flanagan, Ballymena Guardian

 

COCA-COLA CIPR DIGITAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

Category winner, News Digital Innovation of the Year

Fermanagh TV



Category winner, Specialist Digital Innovation of the Year

Sugahfix.com



Overall winner, Digital Innovation of the Year

Fermanagh TV

Sponsored by bmibaby



COCA-COLA CIPR PRINT NEWS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Category winner, Sunday Print News Journalist of the Year

John Cassidy, Sunday World



Category winner, Daily Print News Journalist of the Year

Deric Henderson, Press Association



Overall winner, Print News Journalist of the Year

Deric Henderson, Press Association



COCA-COLA CIPR SCOOP OF THE YEAR

The Iris Robinson Investigation, Spotlight, BBC Northern Ireland



COCA-COLA CIPR WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Derry News



COCA-COLA CIPR NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Category winner, Daily Newspaper of the Year

Belfast Telegraph



Category winner, Sunday Newspaper of the Year

Sunday Life



Overall winner, Newspaper of the Year

Belfast Telegraph

Sponsored by Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland



COCA-COLA CIPR Journalist of the Year

Deric Henderson, Press Association

Sponsored by Coca-Cola HBC Northern Ireland







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