CN Group boss awarded OBE

Chief executive of regional newspaper publisher CN Group Robin Burgess has been awarded an OBE in the same week that the group’s Cumberland News won three awards at the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards.

Former Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express editor, Eve Pollard, has also been given an OBE for services to journalism and broadcasting in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Pollard is the honorary president and founding member of Women in Journalism.

Ballymena Guardian editor Maurice O’Neill will receive an OBE for services to journalism in Northern Ireland. The director of the Scottish Daily Newspaper Society, James Raeburn, also picks up an OBE for services to the Scottish newspaper industry.

Guardian Media Group chief executive Carolyn McCall will meanwhile receive an OBE for services to women in business.

Veteran television presenter and Independent columnist Joan Bakewell is to become a dame in recognition of her services to journalism and the arts, nine years after she was appointed CBE.

Bakewell presented the BBC2 discussion programme Late Night Line-Up between 1964 and 1972. She was also Newsnight’s arts correspondent in the mid-Eighties.

The editor-in-chief of the American edition of Vogue, Anna Wintour, was given an OBE for services to British journalism and British fashion in the US. Among those to be honoured with an MBE is arts and music journalist David Gillard, in recognition of his services to journalism and charity.

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