Associated Newspapers editor-in-chief Paul Dacre crowned a 17-year-career editing the Rothermere titles by picking up Press Gazette’s special award.
He said: ‘I’d like to thank all the wonderful journalists I’ve worked with at the Mail and the Rothermeres who give their editors the freedom to edit. For me it has been a great, great honour.”
When asked afterwards by Press Gazette what the greatest achievement was of his 16 years editing the Daily Mail, he said it was taking the circulation from 1.7 million to 2 million and then 2.4 million. He also cited his title’s campaign against the alleged killers of teenager Stephen Lawrence.
When asked what his remaining ambitions were, he said: ‘To go on producing a great paper that communicates with people, fighting great campaigns and giving a voice to people who don’t have a voice.”
He said he has no plans to retire.