Person of the Year battle hots up

Four front-runners are emerging in the voting for Press Gazette’s first Person of the Year. From the early votes this week, there’s nothing to choose between Mark Daly, the BBC television reporter who exposed racism among police trainees; Simon Kelner, The Independent editor whose tabloid shook up the broadsheet world; Andrew Gilligan, the BBC Radio 4 reporter at the heart of the Kelly saga and the staff of the Daily News, Zimbabwe, for their brave stance against a government hell bent on closing them down. Others with significant votes so far include the Daily Mirror’s Ryan Parry, ITN’s Terry Lloyd, The Sun’s Rebekah Wade, BBC’s Susan Watts, and freelance Robin Ackroyd, who continues to fight to protect his sources.

The votes will help a Press Gazette panel to decide which nominee has made the greatest impact on the world of journalism in 2003. E-mail your votes to pged@pressgazette.co.uk by midday on Friday 12 December. The winner will be announced in next week’s Press Gazette.

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