OBE for former Press Gazette editor Kennedy

Former Press Gazette editor Philippa Kennedy has been appointed OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Kennedy, who remains as a consultant editor with Press Gazette for its awards events, stepped down as editor last year.

She was formerly a columnist with the Daily Express, having previously been its news editor – the first woman to hold that post on a national tabloid newspaper.

A product of the renowned IPC training scheme, Kennedy spent nine years with The Sun in the Seventies and Eighties.

“It just came out of the blue,” said Kennedy of hearing about the award. “I’m, of course, absolutely delighted. I don’t think I deserve it any more than any other hard-working journalist in the industry, but I’m thrilled to accept it with the greatest of pleasure.”

Her husband John is already an OBE.

Philip Graf, former chief executive of Trinity Mirror, the country’s largest newspaper publisher, is appointed CBE for services to regional newspapers. Graf is the new chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, which administers funds from newspaper and magazine groups to run the Press Complaints Commission.

Mervyn Dane, former editor of the Impartial Reporter in Enniskillen, Northern Ireland, is appointed MBE for services to journalism and Dr Bruce Arnold OBE for services to journalism and UK-Irish relations.

Roger Eldridge, managing director of photo agency Camera Press, which numbers Lord Snowdon, Patrick Lichfield and Rankin among its contributors, becomes a Lieutenant of the Royal Victorian Order. Eldridge, who is also a journalist and author, has headed Camera Press since January this year after spending most of his career with the agency.

By Ian Reeves and Jon Slattery

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