Belfast Telegraph named NI's newspaper of the year

The Belfast Telegraph and the Irish News were the big winners at Northern Ireland’s Press and Broadcast Awards as each newspaper collected three prizes.

The Telegraph collected the coveted title of newspaper of the year while its reporter Claire McNeilly was named both newcomer and specialist journalist of the year.

Deric Henderson, Irish editor of the Press Association, was also a double winner as he collected the journalist of the year and print news journalist prizes.

The Irish News picked up its prizes as Brendan Crossan was named sports journalist of the year. Colleague Gary McDonald picked up the business journalist prize and Jeremy Kirker collected the newspaper production journalist award.

Other winners include UTV News which was named news programme of the year for its Live Tonight Special on the Ryan Report, which looked into allegations of child abuse in Ireland.

Scoop of the Year went to BBC Northern Ireland for its investigation into the business affairs of Iris Robinson, the wife of former first minister Peter Robinson.

Full list of CIPR Northern Ireland Press and Broadcast Awards winners

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph

PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

Darren Kidd, Press Eye

CAMERAMAN/CREW OF THE YEAR

Blane Scott UTV

CURRENT AFFAIRS PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR

The Iris Robinson Investigation, Spotlight, BBC Northern Ireland

NEWS PROGRAMME OF THE YEAR

Winner: UTV Live Tonight Special on the Ryan Report

NEWSPAPER PRODUCTION JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Jeremy Kirker, The Irish News

SPECIALIST JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Claire McNeilly, Belfast Telegraph

FEATURE JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Suzanne Breen, Sunday Tribune

MAGAZINE/SUPPLEMENT OF THE YEAR

PURE

NEWS/CURRENT AFFAIRS BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR

Darragh McIntyre, BBC, Northern Ireland

SPORTS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Brendan Crossan, The Irish News

BUSINESS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Gary McDonald, The Irish News

WEEKLY JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Jim Flanagan, Ballymena Guardian

COCA-COLA CIPR DIGITAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

Fermanagh TV

PRINT NEWS JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Deric Henderson, Press Association

SCOOP OF THE YEAR

The Iris Robinson Investigation, Spotlight, BBC Northern Ireland

WEEKLY NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Derry News

NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

Belfast Telegraph

JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR

Deric Henderson, Press Association

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