Last night, the Financial Times won the prestigious award of Newspaper of the Year at the 2008 British Press Awards. Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, collected the award at the awards ceremony in London. Barber said, "I am delighted that the Financial Times has been voted as Newspaper of the Year. It's a tremendous tribute to our team of journalists around the world."
The judges said the Financial Times "has been uncompromising in its core mission, which is to give readers a service which is poised, informed, classy and intelligent and it has done this while increasing its circulation and raising its price." The Financial Times, the judges said, is "incomparably the best newspaper in the country".
2007 saw the 'refresh' of the Financial Times and the launch of a new brand campaign, under the new tagline 'We Live in Financial Times'. The Financial Times also launched a new access model for FT.com, pioneering a new way of paying for digital content. The Financial Times was also named Newspaper of the Year at the What the Papers Say Awards in December 2007.
The Financial Times also won the following awards: Gillian Tett won the award for Business and Finance Journalist and was highly commended in the Reporter of the Year category. Philip Stephens was named Political Journalist of the Year. There were also commendations for Ingram Pimm in the Cartoonist of the Year category and for Lucy Kellaway in Columnist of the Year.
The British Press Awards is the annual celebration of the very best in journalism across the national press, honouring the finest journalists and newspapers in the land for more than 30 years. Further information about the awards can be found online at: www.britishpressawards.com
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The Financial Times, one of the world's leading business newspapers, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed at 24 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 448,342 (ABC figures, February 2008) and a readership of more than 1.3 million people worldwide. FT.com is one of the world's leading business information websites, and the internet partner of the FT newspaper. FT.com is the definitive home for business intelligence on the web, providing an essential source of news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community. FT.com attracts 6.2 million unique users, generating 48 million page views. FT.com has 101,000 subscribers.