Wilmington does deal with NPA over Press Awards

The 2010 British Press Awards is going ahead with the support of the Newspaper Publishers Association and the Journalists’ Charity after the groups signed a deal with Wilmington Group.

The British Press Awards are run by Wilmington, in association with Press Gazette.

When Wilmington sold Press Gazette to Progressive Media in April this year it retained the ownership of several events including the British Press Awards, the Regional Press Awards and the Environmental Journalism Awards.

Under the deal agreed for next year’s event, Wilmington will donate a share of the profits to the Journalists’ Charity.

The 2010 event is to be held on 23 March at Grosvenor House hotel in London.

The judging will be chaired again by Society of Editors director Bob Satchwell and overseen by a forum of UK newspaper publishers, chaired by PA editor Jonathan Grun.

The event also has a new advisory board which includes Satchwell and Grun as well as Chris Boffey from the Journalists’ Charity and the Telegraph Media Group’s Guy Black, representing the Newspaper Publishers Association.

Polly Avgherinos, managing director of Wilmington’s WLR Publishing division said: “The British Press Awards are the key awards for the UK journalism community, and so we are delighted to be able to help the main charity which supports that community.”

NPA Chairman Tim Brooks said: “The NPA is pleased to be working closely with Wilmington, The Society of Editors, PA, and the Journalists’ Charity. This collaboration will ensure the 2010 event continues in the distinguished tradition of the British Press Awards.”

Chris Boffey said: “We are delighted at the decision to offer the Journalists’ Charity a share of the profits from the British Press Awards. At a time when our industry is under pressure this enhanced donation is welcome, and will be used wisely.”

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