BBC business editor Robert Peston was last night honoured for coming top in Press Gazette’s top 50 business journalists survey.
Former New Statesman contributor Peston was attending a party for past and present NS journalists at the ground floor atrium of John Carpenter House – the offices on Carmelite Street, London, which Press Gazette shares with the NS.
Peston was named the top business journalist in the UK by a survey of one thousand members of the public and 50 business journalists commissioned by Press Gazette.
Handing over a framed display board of the relevant pages from the December monthly edition of Press Gazette, editor Dominic Ponsford: “Robert Peston is unusual in that he is popular among both the general public and his peers – who both voted him top in our survey.
“As one of the journalists who responded to our survey said: ‘Robert Peston is not only a great story getter and writer, but he is courteous, tenacious and has the great knack of presenting a complex position succinctly and intelligibly. He is also a very good writer. What more can you ask?'”
Peston told Press Gazette: “I could not be more thrilled to be voted top by the public and by fellow hacks. When you have beeen in the trade for as long as I have – 25 years – there is no greater honour.”
In the February edition, Press Gazette will be naming the top 50 comment writers in the UK – again following a survey of members of the public and journalists working in the sector.
While the top-line findings of this survey will be published online – the detailed results will only be available in print to Press Gazette magazine subscribers.