Last call for best scoops ever: Pilger, pigs and Profumo

Time is running out to send in your nominations for Press Gazette’s search for the best British journalism scoops of all time.

It looks like we are going to have a cracking list for the July issue as voted for by Press Gazette readers.

Inspired by the Telegraph’s great MPs’ expenses revelations we are asking readers to name their favourite scoops. I think the furthest we are likely to go back is The Times breaking news of the Conquest of Everest in 1953.

The deadline to get your nominations in is the end of play today (or Monday at the latest).

Thanks to Revel Barker (no mean scoop-getter himself) for putting the word out on his website for old Fleet Street hands Gentleman Ranters.

He suggested the Daily Mail’s 1998 pig-escape story on the Tamworth Two as a good contender, thanks for that Revel.

Former Press Gazette chief reporter Jean Morgan MBE has suggested the News of the World’s cracking 1994 story about Tory MP Alan Clark’s affair with a judge’s wife and her two daughters as well as the Daily Mirror’s 2002 exclusive: Intruder at the Palace, when Ryan Parry went undercover as a royal footman.

The Daily Mirror has sent in a flood of nominations including John Pilger’s report on the Cambodian genocide from 1979, Death of a Nation; Profumo Quits from 1963 and Cocaine Kate from 2005.

We are hoping to publish a top 50 – but limited space may mean going for rather fewer – in the July edition.

So once again – please send in your scoop nominations to dominicp@pressgazette.co.uk.

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