The Economist wins three awards

The Economist won three awards to lead the list of winners at the Business Journalist of the Year Awards at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The BBC and The Sunday Times collected two awards each.

Bill Emmott (above), who recently stepped down after 13 years as The Economist’s editor, was given the Decade of Excellence Award, beating Peter Day of the BBC, Lucy Kellaway of the Financial Times and Carol Loomis of Fortune. Emmott thanked outgoing Italian premier Silvio Berlusconi, who had been a frequent target of criticism from The Economist. Berlusconi once referred to the famously liberal title as a “Communist magazine”

and likened Emmott to Lenin.

Economist economics editor Pam Woodall won Best Economics Journalist and Tom Easton of The Economist’s New York bureau, won Best Finance and Markets Journalist.

Evan Davis won Best Communicator for a story on the BBC website. A Radio Five Live team consisting of Jeff Randall, Sonali Gudka, Louise Birt, Martin Bedford and Bob Shennan won the Best Deadline or Breaking News Story for a package about Rover.

The Sunday Times’s Mark Kleinman, Peter Koenig and Patrick Masters also took awards. Kleinman won Best Scoop for his story about the planned takeover of P&O by a Dubai-based company.

Koenig and Masters won Best Newspaper Story for a report about the offshore leveraged buyout firm, CVC Capital Partners.

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