London Mayor and Daily Telegraph columnist Boris Johnson is to deliver the opening address at this year’s British Press Awards.
Organisers Wilmington confirmed today that the former Spectator editor is to be this year’s guest of honour. Last year the star guest was Conservative leader David Cameron.
The British Press Awards takes place on 23 March at the Grosvenor hotel in London and is organised in association with Press Gazette. Today programme presenter John Humphrys is this year’s host.
The shortlisted finalists for most of the various awards categories have already been announced. But the finalists and winnners for the premiere awards of journalist of the year, newspaper of the year and international journalist of the year will be announced on the night.
This year the nominees for journalist of the year comprise all of those who have been shortlisted in the various awards categories plus any other special nominees suggested by the judges. All the British Press Awards judges, plus a wider academy of senior figures from the journalism industry, have been asked to vote on the three top awards.