Belfast Telegraph

Belfast Telegraph is named best regional daily in the UK at prestigious awards ceremony

By Margaret Canning

In an unprecedented month of plaudits and awards, the Belfast Telegraph has now been named best regional newspaper in the UK.

Our awards winning streak continued as we were named Newspaper of the Year at the Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards in London and were highly commended in two other hotly-contested categories.

The Belfast Telegraph was praised for “strong, clean design, great pictures and an authoritative air” which combined to make the newspaper “an excellent read”.

Saturday supplement Weekend was described as an “irresistible weekend package containing top class content across the leisure spectrum” and was highly commended in the supplement category.

Sports Editor Steven Beacom was highly commended in the sports journalist category and praised for “great contact-making” which had secured him many exclusives.

Belfast Telegraph Editor Mike Gilson said: “I am delighted for the whole team at the Belfast Telegraph that we have been recognised by our peers as having the best newspaper in the UK.

“The hard work that goes in to providing the a top-class news, sports and features service in Northern Ireland is paying off. We want to keep getting better. Good newspapers will remain the key ingredient in the media mix of any country for decades to come.”

Meanwhile, journalist John McGurk from sister newspaper Sunday Life was crowned Reporter of the Year for his brave, uncompromising description of meeting Robert James Campbell, who killed his mother, sister, uncle and 12 others in the 1971 bombing of his family’s pub McGurk’s Bar.

John’s story was described as “controlled, compassionate and compelling” by the judges. Accepting his award, John thanked Sunday Life Editor Martin Breen for “gently manoeuvring” him into writing the piece. The Sunday Life was highly commended in the Newspaper of the Year category.

Executive Director of the Society of Editors, Bob Satchwell, said: “Congratulations to all of the winners. Against a background of change across the media and economic downturn their achievement is all the more significant.”

The glittering ceremony took place at the Savoy Place in London on Friday.

At the Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) Northern Ireland Media Awards earlier this month, the paper won seven prizes, including the top award of Newspaper of the Year.

Factfile: the industry accolades

Society of Editors’ Regional Press Awards

  • Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year (circulation of over 25,000): Belfast Telegraph
  • Highly commended: Sunday Life

Coca-Cola CIPR Northern Ireland Media Awards 2012

  • Newspaper of the Year, Website of the Year, Supplement of the Year for its Titanic Tales series, Business Journalist of the Year for Claire McNeilly, Production Journalist of the year for Heather Byrne, Features Journalist of the Year for Jane Hardy and Lifetime Achievement Award for former editor Roy Lilley.

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