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Shortlist revealed for The Comment Awards 2015

Following what the organisers describe as a record intake of nominations from readers, writers and editors all over the country, the shortlist for the Comment Awards 2015 has been revealed.

Author: News Desk

Posted on: 18 September 2015 09:32

Shortlist revealed for The Comment Awards 2015

Now in its seventh year, the annual awards recognise and celebrate the UK’s best print and online commentators and their editors. The awards are the first of their kind in the UK, run by Editorial Intelligence, the knowledge networking business.

Announcing the shortlist, chair of judges Sir Anthony Seldon said: “Against the backdrop of a UK general election, attacks on freedom of expression, and a changing media landscape, the past 12 months have been a vibrant time for comment journalism, and never has the form been more important. It’s been a vintage year for comment and the shortlist this year reflects that, with some very hard fought categories. I’m particularly delighted to see more women and those from diverse backgrounds shortlisted and look forward to revealing the winners in November.”

The Comment Awards 2015 shortlist:

ARTS, CULTURE AND ENTERTAINMENT COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Ed Smith, New Statesman

Hugo Rifkind, The Times

Jonathan Jones, The Guardian

Shane Thomas, Media Diversified

BUSINESS COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Tata Consultancy Services

Adrian Wooldridge, The Economist

Andrew Hill, Financial Times

Gillian Tett, Financial Times

BUSINESS ETHICS COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by IESE Business School

Andrew Hill, Financial Times

Jim Armitage, Independent

Michael Skapinker, Financial Times

COLUMNIST OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Ipsos Mori

Brian Reade, Daily Mirror

Eleanor Mills, The Sunday Times

Simon Jenkins, London Evening Standard

COMMENT PAGES OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Vodafone

Financial Times

The Guardian

The Times

COMMENT PIECE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by eiDigest

David Aaronovitch, The Times

Lindy West, The Guardian

Sathnam Sanghera, The Times

COMMENTARIAT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by John Lewis

Caitlin Moran, The Times

David Aaronovitch, The Times

Janan Ganesh, Financial Times

ECONOMICS COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Barclays

Allister Heath, The Daily Telegraph

Ed Conway, The Times

Gillian Tett, the Financial Times

FOREIGN COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Gifted to the IRC – International Rescue Committee

Gary Younge, The Guardian

Patti Waldmeir, Financial Times

Roula Khalaf, Financial Times

INDEPENDENT BLOGGER OF THE YEAR

Liz Gerard, SubScribe

Matthew Scott, Barrister Blogger

Stuart Forster, Go-eat-do

MEDIA COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

George Monbiot, The Guardian

Sathnam Sanghera, The Times

Yomi Adegoke, Freelance

ONLINE COMMENT SITE OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Virgin Media

Channel 4 News

GQ Comment

Vice UK

POLITICAL COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Weber Shandwick

Dan Hodges, The Daily Telegraph

Dominic Lawson, The Sunday Times

Janan Ganesh, Financial Times

SCIENCE COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by The Wellcome Trust

George Monbiot, The Guardian

Oliver Morton, Intelligent Life

Philip Ball, Prospect Magazine

SOCIETY AND DIVERSITY COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by Lloyd’s Banking Group

Hannah Fearn, the Guardian

Jenni Russell, The Times

Sathnam Sanghera, The Times

TECHNOLOGY AND DIGITAL COMMENTATOR OF THE YEAR

Cory Doctorow, The Guardian

John McAfee, International Business Times UK

Sathnam Sanghera, The Times

YOUNG COMMENTARIAT OF THE YEAR

Sponsored by the Taylor Bennett Foundation

Bintu Sannoh, the Guardian

June Eric Udorie, Freelance

Yomi Adegoke, Freelance

This year’s judges, chaired by Dr Anthony Seldon, Master of Wellington College, 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; Professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia, 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.

Winners of The Comment Awards 2014 included: David Aaronovitch at The Times for Commentariat of the Year; Dominic Lawson at Daily Mail and The Sunday Times for Columnist of the Year; and The Times overall for Best Comment Pages.

Barclays is the lead partner to the awards, with LBC supporting as broadcast media partner. Additional category sponsors will be announced shortly.

Winners will be announced at a special ceremony in London on 24 November, 2015.

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