Sky News to screen British Press Awards

The British Press Awards will be televised for the first time this year.

Sky News cameras will be at the event on Monday, 20 March to capture the atmosphere and emotion of national newspaper journalism’s biggest night of the year, including reaction and interviews with winners. Sky will screen the highlights in a special 45-minute programme following the event.

In the run-up to the awards, Sky News will also televise behind-thescenes features on the five newspapers shortlisted. This week, Sky crews have started filming at The Guardian, The Independent, The Observer, The Times and the News of the World.

The short features will run in Lunchtime Live with Kay Burley every day next week — and will also be shown to guests during the event itself.

Channel 4 News presenter Jon Snow will host the evening, which celebrates the achievements of national newspaper journalists in 2005.

The shortlists for the 21 categories include a number of previous winners, including five-time winner Lynn Barber, Tony Parsons, Jeremy Clarkson, Jane Moore, AA Gill, Waldemar Januszczak and David Ashdown.

Nick Pollard, head of Sky News, said the channel was delighted to be working with Press Gazette on the awards: "We’re looking forward to being able to show our viewers more about how their papers are produced and reminding them of the great successes of the national press in the past year."

Press Gazette managing director Simon Read said: "I’m thrilled that the outstanding achievements of this country’s journalists will be brought to a wider audience through this association with Sky News."

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