Daily Mirror fraud-busting duo Andrew Penman and Michael Greenwood
have been named jointly National Consumer Journalist of the Year for
the second year running.
The pair entered the award, given by the
Tradings Standards Institute, before ending their seven-year
partnership earlier this year. Greenwood has left the weekly consumer
justice column to become assistant news editor and has been replaced as Penman's side-kick by Nick Sommerlad.
Consumer Journalist of the Year is Jane Barrie, of the Sunday Mail, and
winners of the same title for Wales are Louise Elliot and Rhodri Owen,
of X-Ray, BBC Wales, and in Northern Ireland the winner is Linda
McAuley, of BBC Radio Ulster.
Regional Consumer Journalist of the
Year is Jayne Barrett, of BBC North-West, and Best Consumer Television
or Radio Programme is BBC Radio Ulster, On Your Behalf.
Gainsford, chief executive of the TSI, said: "We owe a lot to
journalists, who help us to make the public aware of the sharp
practices that trading standards professionals come across during their
"This means that we can warn people to be on their
guard against falling victim to scams and rogues. And more people are
likely to report issues they are concerned about to trading standards
"The TSI media awards highlight many examples
of trading standards services building strong links with local
newspaper, radio or TV journalists."