The Financial Times has been named newspaper of the year at the What The Papers Say awards.
The paper was commended by the judges its coverage of stories such as the global credit crunch and the Northern Rock crisis, and was called a ‘truly 21st-century newspaper”.
Deputy editor Martin Dickson picked up the award at a ceremony in London last month, as editor Lionel Barber was in the USA, but Barber said in a statement: ‘We are delighted to have won this prestigious newspaper of the year award.
‘All the staff at the FT have worked hard to make this happen and I’d like to extend my thanks to them for making the FT the world’s leading business newspaper and website.”
The Daily Mail picked up three awards on the night, with political sketch writer Quentin Letts scooping feature writer of the year, crime correspondent Stephen Wright winning reporter of the year and Mac – real name Stan McMurtry – picking up cartoonist of the year.
The Independent’s James Lawton was sports writer of the year and The Guardian reporters David Leigh and Rob Evans won the judges’ award for their investigation into alleged corruption at arms company BAE Systems.
The Sun picked up two awards, with Tom Newton Dunn being awarded the gong for scoop of the year for his revelation that ‘friendly fire’in Iraq had killed British soldier Matty Hull. Peter
Jordan was named photographer of the year for his pictures of soldiers in Afghanistan.
Christina Lamb of The Sunday Times was named best foreign correspondent for the second year running for her dispatches from Zimbabwe and Pakistan, and The Times’s Alice Miles was named columnist of the year.
The Mirror’s 3am girl, Eva Simpson, won showbiz writer of the year, a suitable send-off as she is soon to join thelondonpaper. The lifetime achievement award went to Independent on Sunday columnist Alan Watkins, whose 47-year career includes time at The Observer, the Sunday Express, The Spectator, and the New Statesman.