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The Comment Awards 2015 - winners revealed

Following what the organisers say was a record intake of nominations from readers, writers and editors all over the country, the winners of The Comment Awards 2015 were revealed at a special awards ceremony this morning.

Now in its seventh year, the annual ceremony recognises and celebrates the UK’s best print and online commentators and their editors. The awards are run by Editorial Intelligence, the knowledge networking business.

The Comment Pages of the Year award went to the Financial Times, along with four other awards for their comment writers, including Commentariat of the Year and Political Commentator of the Year, both awarded to Janan Ganesh.

This year’s event also saw five new categories awarded, including Young Commentariat of the Year, which went to Bintu Sannoh (The Observer); Society and Diversity Commentator of the Year, which was awarded to Jenni Russell (The Times); Technology and Digital Commentator of the Year, which went to Cory Doctorow (the Guardian); and Comment Piece of the Year, which was awarded to David Aaronovitch (The Times).

A new Special Award to celebrate overall excellence in the world of comment and opinion, given by Editorial Intelligence's daily comment bulletin eiDigest, was awarded to The Sun’s Leader column, "The Sun Says".

Sir Anthony Seldon, chair of this year’s judges, named Andrew Rawnsley (The Observer) as Chair’s Choice. Announcing the winners, he said: “It’s been an exemplary 12 months for UK comment journalism across the media landscape – from the general election at home, to political upheaval abroad; a changing media landscape, to violent attacks on free expression – there is a vibrancy of material to be covered. From one of the strongest shortlists the awards has ever had, these winners stood out for our judges – a remarkable feat. We’re delighted to celebrate their work here and this sector of the media as a whole – never has our tradition of comment journalism been more important.”

Announcing new categories for 2016, Julia Hobsbawm OBE, founder of Editorial Intelligence and The Comment Awards, said: “We will continue to celebrate all that is vibrant, eclectic and exciting about UK comment in 2016. In addition to this year's fresh categories we will be announcing a handful more, including 'Contrarian Commentator of the Year' for the most controversial well-written voice in a column.”

The Comment Awards 2015 winners in full:

CHAIR’S CHOICE

Andrew Rawnsley, The Observer

EIDIGEST SPECIAL AWARD

'The Sun Says' - The Sun

ARTS, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Hugo Rifkind, The Times

BUSINESS COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services

Gillian Tett, Financial Times

BUSINESS ETHICS COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by IESE Business School

Michael Skapinker, Financial Times

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Ipsos MORI

Simon Jenkins, London Evening Standard

COMMENT PAGES OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Vodafone

Financial Times

COMMENT PIECE OF THE YEAR (new category)

Sponsored by eiDigest

David Aaronovitch, The Times

COMMENTARIAT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by John Lewis Partnership

Janan Ganesh, Financial Times

ECONOMICS COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Barclays

Allister Heath, The Daily Telegraph

FOREIGN COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Gifted to the IRC – International Rescue Committee

Gary Younge, The Guardian

INDEPENDENT BLOGGER OF THE YEAR

Matthew Scott, Barrister Blogger

MEDIA COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sathnam Sanghera, The Times

ONLINE COMMENT SITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Virgin Media

Channel 4 News

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Weber Shandwick

Janan Ganesh, Financial Times

SCIENCE COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Wellcome Trust

Philip Ball, Prospect Magazine

SOCIETY AND DIVERSITY COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR (new category)

Sponsored by Lloyd’s Banking Group

Jenni Russell, The Times

TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR (new category)

Cory Doctorow, The Guardian

YOUNG COMMENTARIAT OF THE YEAR (new category)

Sponsored by the Taylor Bennett Foundation

Bintu Sannoh, The Observer

This year’s judges, chaired by Sir Anthony Seldon, Vice Chancellor of Buckingham University, hail from an eclectic range of industries and background with a 50/50 gender split, and include: broadcaster and author, Anita Anand; Director of Entertainment and Comedy at ITV, Elaine Bedell; Managing Partner for Talent UK & Ireland at EY, Liz Bingham OBE; Chair in Public Understanding of the Humanities at the University of London’s School of Advanced Study’s, Sarah Churchwell; director and producer Menhaj Huda; President of YouGov, Peter Kellner; Editor of Management Today, Matthew Gwyther; Founder of MDR, Chris Preddie OBE; journalist and author, Rachel Shabi; and Global Business Leader at Google, James Rosenthal.