Dennis Publishing founder Felix Dennis was presented the Mark Boxer Award at the British Society of Magazine Editors Awards last night for his contribution to the magazine industry.
Dennis was presented the award at the London Hilton Hotel by comedian Ronnie Corbett, and told the audience of editors: “The strange thing about editors is that I’ve always sort of loved them and hated them at the same time – and I’ve fired a lot of them. But it’s the editors in the end who made me all the money.”
The Mark Boxer Award is presented to an individual who, in the opinion of the BSME committee, has made an outstanding editorial contribution to magazines in this country.
Veteran TV presenter and entertainer Bruce Forsyth presented the editors’ editor award to Grazia’s Jane Bruton – on whom he then demonstrated some tango moves.
Other winners on the night included Phil Hilton, editor of free weekly men’s magazine Shortlist, who picked up the award for launch of the year.
New editor of the year went to former art director Tony Chambers of Wallpaper, who also picked up three awards for his magazine at the Press Gazette Magazine Design and Journalism Awards on Monday night.
Danny Rogers of PR Week was awarded the prize for weekly business and professional magazine – in a year that has seen the title produce a number of government exclusives that have been followed up by the nationals.
Ali Hall of IPC Media’s £18m launch, Look, scooped the award for weekly or fortnightly women’s magazine, with the judges commending the title for its ‘innovation and dedication and ability to find its own voice in a competitive market”.
Rachel Downey of Nursing Times beat competition from Computeractive, Chemist & Druggist, Time Out and Building to win campaign of the year.
The judges said that the magazine’s campaign – Time Out for Training – raised awareness of the negative impact of cuts to nurse training and ‘achieved all its objectives”.
The full list of winners
Beccy Bland for Sparkle World
Special Interest & Current Affairs
Michael Harris, Golf Monthly
Customer Magazine (business readership)
Paul Simpson, DCM
Customer Magazine (consumer readership)
Alec Marsh, Private Banking
Entertainment and celebrity magazine
Mark Dinning, Empire
Business & Professional Magazine (weekly)
Danny Rogers, PR Week
Business & Professional Magazine (non-weekly)
Dicken Ross, Engineering & Technology
Dylan Jones, GQ
Women’s Magazine (Weekly or fortnightly)
Ali Hall, Look
Michele Lavery, Telegraph Magazine
Maureen Rice, Psychologies
Business Magazine Website
Andre Rickerby, Drapersonline.com
Consumer Magazine Website
David Moynihan, NME.com
Women’s Magazine Monthly
Alexandra Shulman, Vogue
Launch of the year
Phil Hilton, Shortlist
New Editor of the year
Tony Chambers, Wallpaper
Art Director of the Year
Marissa Bourke, Elle
Campaign of the Year
Rachel Downey, Nursing Times
Innovation and Brand Building Initiative of the Year
Stuart Knott, Contact
Mark Boxer Award
Jane Bruton, Grazia