CN Group boss crowns press awards triumph with OBE

The chief executive of regional newspaper publisher CN Group has been recognised in the Queen’s birthday honours list, in the same week that the group’s Cumberland News won three awards at the Press Gazette Regional Press Awards.

Robin Burgess is one of a number of journalism figures – from both print and broadcast – who will pick up honours from the Queen at Buckingham Palace later this year. He has been awarded an OBE in recognition of his services to the newspaper industry.

Burgess is the fourth generation of his family to run CN Group, which publishes daily and weekly newspapers in Cumbria, Northumberland and south-west Scotland, including the Cumberland News, which was named weekly newspaper of the year selling more than 20,000 copies at the Regional Press Awards on Friday.

“It’s a nice feeling to be recognised,” he told his local paper, the CN Group-owned Whitehaven News.

“I am very passionate about Cumbria and the newspaper industry and I am very keen to make sure that both progress.”

Former Sunday Mirror and Sunday Express editor, Eve Pollard, has been given an OBE for services to journalism and broadcasting. Pollard is the honorary president and founding member of Women in Journalism, and also sits on the Competition Commission’s newspaper takeover panel.

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, meanwhile will recielve an OBE for 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 was a pioneering female TV journalist, presenting the BBC2 discussion programme Late Night Line-Up between 1964 and 1972. She was also Newsnight’s arts correspondent in the mid 1980s.

The editor-in-chief of the American edition of Vogue, Anna Wintour, has been made an OBE for services to British journalism and British fashion in the US. The doyenne of women’s magazine publishing, who has edited Vogue since 1988, started her journalism career as an editorial assistant on Harpers & Queen in 1970.

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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