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Belfast Telegraph Digital named UK's Best Regional News Site

Belfast Telegraph is named best local/regional news site at the 2019 Drum Online Media Awards in London
Belfast Telegraph is named best local/regional news site at the 2019 Drum Online Media Awards in London

The Belfast Telegraph website has been named the Best Regional News Site in the UK at The Drum Online Media Awards in London.

The Drum Online Media Awards "identify the cleverest, boldest and most original purveyors of news and views from around the world" and were decided by a prestigious panel of judges, featuring Press Association Editor-in-Chief Peter Clifton and Jasper Jackson, Digital Editor of the New Statesman, among others.

Beating out competition from the Liverpool Echo, Belfast Telegraph Digital scooped the award following a record-breaking year for the website.

In 2018, Belfast Telegraph Digital racked up an additional eight million page views compared to the previous year, surpassing the 200 million page views milestone for the first time in the 23-year history of the website.

Some of the site's biggest news stories throughout the year included coverage of the ongoing Brexit crisis, the rape trial of former Ulster Rugby players Paddy Jackson and Stuart Olding and the tragic death of racer William Dunlop in July.

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July brought with it the tragic news of William Dunlop's death at the Skerries 100 races

August's devastating Primark fire in Belfast city centre and its aftermath also dominated the news cycle, as well as January's dissident republican car bomb attack outside a Londonderry courthouse.

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Belfast Telegraph Digital provided extensive coverage of August's Primark fire

The Belfast Telegraph publishes content across desktop, mobile, app and AMP.

“Our work last year highlights our focus on quality regional content and original reporting”, Morgane Campioni, Head of Digital, said.

“Our rolling seven-day coverage offers a mix of breaking news, in-depth reporting, analysis and opinion.

“We are proud of the way we tell important stories and reach digital audiences in Northern Ireland and beyond.

"Receiving this accolade is a great achievement for the whole Belfast Telegraph team.”

The ceremony took place on Tuesday at the Marriott in Grosvenor Square, London.

Scooping the Grand Prix was The Evening Standard.

Other winners included the BBC World Service English, Channel 4, Guardian News & Media, CNN, Al Jazeera and DriveTribe.

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