Simon Kelner is GQ awards newspaper editor of the year

Independent editor Simon Kelner was named GQ editor of the year at the magazine’s man of the year awards earlier this week.

The last time he won it was 2004, when he was riding high following the paper’s circulation-boosting move to tabloid format.

He’s only been editor again since May, after a spell as managing director. But its probably fair to say that he deserves some sort of accolade after steering the Independent into the safe harbour of the Lebedev take-over earlier this year, and then surviving the change of owner.

Let’s not forget that last year nearly everyone was writing the Independent off as utterly doomed.

The big question now is what next for the Indy and Independent on Sunday? The Lebedevs can’t carry on as before.

Insiders believe some sort of announcement on the future of the two titles is now expected within the next month or so. Whether that is taking them free, cutting the price, or something else remains to be seen – but my bet is that the next move for the Indy will be a radical one.

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