Editors honoured for services to journalism

Eastern Daily Press editor Peter Franzen, former Mirror photographer Michael Maloney and former northern editor of the Irish Independent John Devine were amongst those awarded OBEs in the New Year honours.

Franzen, 57, who has edited the EDP for 11 years, said: “In the long and illustrious history of the Eastern Daily Press, I am thrilled and proud to be the first editor to be recognised in this way. It has been a privilege to lead such a strong team at the EDP.”

Maloney, 54, was group chief photographer at the Mirror titles and spent 30 years with them before being made redundant three years ago.

Since then he has freelanced and was the first western photojournalist to be invited by the Chinese government to take pictures in the country.

Devine was honoured in recognition of a 50-year journalism career which ended with his retirement in April. He spent the last 22 years as northern editor of the Dublin-based Irish Independent .

Guardian crossword compiler Rev John Graham was made an MBE. The 83-year-old has been compiling crosswords for TheGuardian over a period of 46 years under the name Araucaria.

Roger Parlby, editor-in-chief and managing director of the Newark Advertiser , was made an MBE.

Veteran broadcaster Alan Whicker was awarded the CBE and the BBC’s longest serving football commentator, Barry Davies, who retired three months ago, was awarded the MBE.

Professor Robert Pinker, from the London School of Economics, was made a CBE in recognition of his 12 years service as a member of the Press Complaints Commission.

Husband and wife documentary producing team Shirley and Michael Lapping were both awarded the CBE.

Former agricultural editor of the Press and Journal , Aberdeen, Eddie Gillanders, was made an MBE.

Gillanders, 61, is editor and publisher of Farm North East magazine.

Broadcaster and journalist Charles Duggleby was made an MBE for services to the financial sector.

Presenters David Astbury, from the British Forces Broadcasting Service, and Seva Levenstein-Novgorodsev, from the BBC Russian Service, were both also made MBE’s


Alexandra Shulman, editor of British Vogue , has been awarded the OBE for services to the magazine industry, Shulman, 47, who has edited Vogue for 12 years, is credited with boosting sales 10 per cent, to a monthly circulation of 200,000.

She has also worked at Tatler , GQ, and the Sunday Telegraph, and was features editor at Vogue before being offered the editorship.

“I’m very pleased for Vogue , because I think the award was more about the magazine than about me,” she said.

By Dominic Ponsford

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