Shottobani Desk: Her Majesty The Queen has been named Londoner of the Year at the 2017 London Press Club Awards. The Queen was praised by the judges for her unstinting and faithful service to London and called an ‘icon of our City’. HRH Prince Andrew accepted the award on behalf of his mother who was unable to attend.
Presenting the award at the annual London Press Club lunch at Corinthia Hotel, Lord Guy Black said, ‘Her Majesty has presided over our second Great Elizabethan Age and pulled off a task of extraordinary historical and constitutional importance. For on the one hand she has been a beacon of stability, our steadfast rock in an age of great turbulence, anxiety and change. Yet at the same time as being a figure of such continuity, our Sovereign. For all that she has done for our Capital City – as indeed for our nation – HM The Queen is this year’s Londoner of The Year.’
The keynote speech was given by the Speaker of the House of Lords, Lord Fowler, who emphasised the need for an impartial press to hold those in charge to account. The London Press Club was delighted to welcome back BBC presenter, Kate Silverton to present the remaining awards in eight categories.
News UK swept the board in the newspaper of the year awards; The Times won Daily Newspaper of the Year and The Sunday Times scooped best Sunday title with editors John Witherow and Martin Ivens respectively collecting the awards.
In other categories, Oliver Shah, whose Sunday Times investigation into Sir Philip Green’s £1 sale of BHS is reverberating still, won Business Journalist of the Year. Emily Maitlis of BBC’s Newsnight won Broadcast Journalist of the Year while the Print Journalist of the Year award went to Ian Hislop of Private Eye.
In his acceptance speech, Ian said that Private Eye’s record circulation currently at its highest level in the magazine’s 55-year history was proof that ‘print journalism is not dead.’ ‘Print journalism is alive and kicking,’ he added.
Lara O’Reilly of businessinsider.com was named Digital Journalist of the Year and Scoop of the Year went to Daniel Taylor of The Guardian for his sensational investigation into sexual abuse in football. Anthony Hilton of the London Evening Standard received The Edgar Wallace Award for outstanding writing and reporting.
Chairman of the London Press Club, Doug Wills, said, ‘As the chairman of our awards judges says, news came in thunderbolts in the past year. With incessant claims from over the Atlantic about fake news, in London brilliant journalism came into its own. British journalists had their finest hour.’