Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow is to host the revamped British Press Awards, to be held later this month at London’s Dorchester Hotel.
Snow is currently in Iran, from where he will host a week of Channel 4 News specials (see page 15), and is one of the country’s most respected journalists. He’s no stranger to awards, having picked up plenty of them during a career spanning four decades — including the Royal Television Society’s journalist of the year trophy last week.
He has also won RTS awards for reporting in Eritrea, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq and El Salvador and was RTS presenter of the year in 1994.
Snow will preside over a very different British Press Awards event compared to recent years.
The 2006 ceremony on the evening of 20 March will be a more exclusive event, with just 450 guests attending compared with more than 900 in recent years.
The presentations to winners in 21 categories — also significantly fewer than previously — will be made at the beginning, rather than the end, of the evening, with dinner served afterwards.
There are no individual sponsors for categories this year. Instead, the event has a single overall sponsor, Vodafone.
Press Gazette managing director Simon Read said: "We are delighted that Vodafone has agreed to sponsor the British Press Awards. Securing a partner with such global reach and significance highlights how much the awards have grown in stature and importance, and how much they can grow further. It’s a powerful partnership that will produce a remarkable event."
Simon Lewis, director of corporate affairs at Vodafone, commented: "Vodafone is involved in many of the changes that are happening across the media. Our service is both an essential tool for journalists and increasingly a platform in which their work can be seen. We are delighted to be able to work with Press Gazette to celebrate the best of British journalism."
THE CUDLIPP AWARD
The shortlist for the final category, the Cudlipp Award honouring excellence in popular journalism, has been announced.
The six on the list are:
Daily Mirror: Make Poverty History — A Year in Rwanda
Evening Standard: Charles and Camilla to wed
News of the World: London Bombings News of the World: What About the Victims?
The Sun: Animal Cruelty
The Sun: One last Chance
For full shortlists see
Throughout the 21 awards categories The Sunday Times leads the way with 18 nominations, followed by The Times with 13.
The Guardian has 12, the News of the World and The Independent have 10 each, the Daily Mirror, The Sun and The Observer have nine each. The Mail, Telegraph and Express groups are not taking part.