Media Show persenter Steve Hewlett has won this year’s Nick Clarke award for journalism for his interview with Press Complaints Commission chair in February this year.
Hewlett gave Buscombe a grilling on the Media Show in February this year – before the Dowler revelations, but a point when the regulator was already under pressure over its handling of the phone-hacking scandal.
The judges said: “Steve’s live interview, against the clock, demonstrated all the features essential to any conducted in the Nick Clarke tradition. It was challenging, well argued, well structured, well informed, impartial and courteous.
“The interview was broadcast when the PCC chair was under considerable pressure. Her posture was, understandably, defensive. Steve’s polite insistence, bringing into play his own background knowledge and research, enabled him to take the listener with him beneath that posture.
“At the time, the issues were complex and the questions changing almost daily. Steve’s guidance through all of this was well-planned and well-executed.”