Award for The Independent

The Independent has been named best national newspaper in this year’s plain English awards.

The judges were impressed by the new compact Indy and the paper’s “continual work to expose those who try to hide behind waffle and jargon”.

The award for best regional paper went to the Bristol-based Western Daily Press, which was praised for the quality of its news.

Best national radio show was Wake up to Money on BBC radio Five Live. Its team was praised for shunning jargon.

Minster FM in North Yorkshire was named best regional station. Judges liked the station’s journalists’ clear and concise writing. The best national television programme was Channel 4 News.

Judges said: “The language used on the show proves that plain English doesn’t mean dumbing down.”

Best regional television programme was the BBC’s Look North (Yorkshire edition).

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