PG WEB EXCLUSIVE: Blunkett buries hatchet to host London Press Club Awards

By Dominic  Ponsford
 
David Blunkett apparently has no hard feelings over the newspaper
revelations with cost him his job after agreeing to host the London
Press Club journalism awards later this month.
 
Blunkett resigned as Home Secretary in December
after press revelations of his affair with Spectator publisher Kimberly Quinn
and allegations that he fast-tracked the visa of her nanny.
The awards are to take place at Claridges in London at lunchtime on
April 13 and are sponsored by British Gas.
 
It should be an interesting afternoon for the
Labour MP – although he has agreed to present the awards it
is unclear whether he knows that stories featuring himself figure
prominently on the shortlist.
In
the Scoop of the Year
section the News of the Worldis is shortlisted for breaking news of
Blunkett’s affair with a married woman.  And also shortlisted in
that section is the Sunday Telegraph for breaking the allegations about
visa fast-tracking which cost Blunkett his job. The Sun was also
shortlisted in that section for its story, Hutton Report Leaked
 
The
News of the World, which was named Newspaper of the Year in last
month’s British Press Awards, has been nominated in the Sunday
Newspaper of the
Year section by the London Press Club.
 
The London Press Club was founded in Fleet Street in 1882 and is
situated in the St Bride Institute next to the journalists’ church of
St Bride’s.
 
The Club currently has about 500 British and overseas individual members and organises regular educational and social events
 
The full list of shortlisted entries is:
 
Consumer Affairs Journalist of the Year
Chris Choi – ITN
Graham Hiscott – PA News
Jonathan Prynn – Evening Standard
 
Business Journalist of the Year
Robert Cole – The Times
Anthony Hilton – Evening Standard
Alex Brummer – Daily Mail
 
Broadcasting Journalist of the Year
Clive Edwards- Money Programme
Alastair Stewart- London Tonight
Rachel Amatt – Sky News
 
Edgar Wallace Award for Fine Writing
Alan Watkins- Independent On Sunday
Deborah Ross- Independent Spectator
Anton Antonowicz- Daily Mirror
 
Scoop of The Year
Sunday Telegraph – Blunket nanny row
The Sun – Hiutton report leaked
News of the World – Blunkett affair
 
Daily Newspaper Of The Year
The Sun
The Daily Mail
The Independent
 
Sunday Newspaper of the Year
News of the World
Mail on Sunday
Sunday Telegraph
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