Press Gazette hunts for the person of year

Who will be Press Gazette’s Person of the Year? The search is on for the person who has made the greatest impact – good or bad – on the world of journalism in 2004. Press Gazette readers are invited to vote in our second annual Person of the Year poll.

Your vote might go to a journalist, an editor, a chief executive or an owner. It might even be a lawyer or a politician.

Contenders could include: Lord Hutton, for his damning report into the BBC and the David Kelly affair; Greg Dyke, for fighting back after his sacking by the BBC governors; Simon Kelner or Robert Thompson, for taking their broadsheets wholly into the compact era; Phil Hilton or Paul Merrill, for establishing the men’s weekly magazine market with Nuts and Zoo; freelance Lee Gordon, for setting up a hospital for amputee children in Iraq; Maurice Frankel, whose long campaign for Freedom of Information will finally bear fruit on 1 January; Lord Falconer, for driving through the implementation of the FoI Act; or embedded NBC journalist Kevin Sites, for his pictures of a US Marine killing an apparently unarmed man in Fallujah; Sly Bailey for sacking Piers Morgan; and Piers Morgan for being Piers Morgan.

These are just our suggestions. You are welcome to make your own nominations.

Last year Andrew Gilligan was considered to have made the greatest impact, thanks to his ill-fated Today programme broadcast Send your votes, marked Press Gazette Person of the Year, by post to the usual address or alternatively by e-mail to by Thursday 9 December.

The winner, based on your votes and the deliberations of a Press Gazette panel, will be announced in our final issue of the year on 17 December


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