Hat-trick of awards for the Daily Mail: Country’s best-selling paper sweeps the board with honours for Afghan translators’ campaign and podcasting star of politics Andrew Pierce
Only weeks ago the British Press Awards officially confirmed what you already know – that the Daily Mail is not just the biggest-selling, but also the best daily paper in Britain.
Now the respected London Press Club has done the same with a unique hat-trick of honours.
Awarding the Mail its third Daily Newspaper of the Year title in only two years, judges at the awards ceremony praised the paper for its ‘groundbreaking scoops and investigations’ and ‘superb sport and City sections’, which made it their ‘unanimous choice’.
They added that the paper had ‘risen to the challenge [of Covid] with action as well as words’ and was an ‘outstanding example of successful campaigning journalism and enterprise’.
The Daily Mail veteran reporter David Williams took the prestigious Print Journalist of the Year category for his outstanding work on Betrayal of the Brave
The campaign fought for the rights of Afghan translators who served Britain to be given a safe haven in the UK
Judges described Williams as a reporter of ‘extraordinary tenacity and integrity’, the ‘quintessential reporters’ reporter’, who ‘really did make a difference’
And that’s not all. In a virtual clean sweep of the major prizes, Mail journalists also picked up the sought-after Print Journalist and Multi-media Journalist of the Year titles – as well as a nomination for Scoop of the Year.
In a hugely significant recognition of his tireless six-year campaign, veteran Mail reporter David Williams took the prestigious Print Journalist of the Year category for his outstanding work on Betrayal of the Brave.
The campaign has fought relentlessly for the rights of Afghan translators who served Britain so loyally to be given a safe haven in the UK.
The campaign was thrown into the sharpest relief when the Taliban swept into Kabul this summer, asking the question: how many more would have been rescued had ministers listened to Williams and the Mail before Kabul fell?
Judges described Williams as a reporter of ‘extraordinary tenacity and integrity’, the ‘quintessential reporters’ reporter’, who ‘really did make a difference’.
They said that ‘he had told the human, harrowing stories of hundreds of translators’, adding that the ‘force of his journalism combined with his commitment and dedication helped save many lives’.
The Mail’s peerless Andrew Pierce took the highly prized Multi-media Journalist of the Year category.
Judges heaped praise on his ‘hard-hitting’ writing and said he displayed a ‘wide range of writing and broadcasting skills’.
Also shortlisted was the Mail’s bombshell scoop about Dominic Raab being too busy on holiday to make a crucial phone call to save those trapped in Afghanistan, which led the news agenda for weeks.
Daily Mail Editor Geordie Greig said: ‘This is another huge tribute for our superbly talented team of journalists and also for our millions of loyal readers who – through their remarkable generosity – help make the paper such a powerful force for good.’
Our sister paper The Mail on Sunday also triumphed in the prestigious Sunday Newspaper of the Year category, while Ian Birrell was shortlisted for Print Journalist of the Year.
With the best scoops, unmissable supplements and strident campaigns, it’s little wonder that Britain’s biggest-selling Daily Mail has – yet again – been crowned Daily Newspaper of the Year.
But none of it would be possible without you – Britain’s best and most kind-hearted readers.