Former journalist of the year Michael Gillard departs after less than a year at Buzzfeed UK

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Former journalist of the year Michael Gillard has left the Buzzfeed UK's investigations team nine months after joining the staff.
 
The Sunday Times journalist won the top British Journalism Awards prize in 2013 in recognition of an investigation into gangster David Hunt which put his life in danger.
 
Buzzfeed recruited former Sunday Times assistant editor Heidi Blake to head up its UK investigations team last year.
 
Gillard was recruited in June joining former BBC Panorama journalist Jane Bradley and Tom Warren, who was previously at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
 
When he joined Buzzfeed he said: "Coming from a strong freelance culture I have no fear of change, so I was made up when Heidi asked me to join her team and BuzzFeed's investigative vision for the digital age."
 
But his time at the digital publisher has evidently not been as positive as he hoped.
 
Gillard's stories for Buzzfeed included:
 
 
Since leaving Buzzfeed Gillard has been writing again for The Sunday Times.

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