"supporting and encouraging high quality economic, financial and business journalism"

The Wincott Foundation was set up in 1969 in honour of Harold Wincott, the most distinguished economic journalist of his day in the UK. The current chairman is Sir Richard Lambert, former editor of the Financial Times. Sir Richard is supported by a group of trustees who have a background in business, journalism and academia.

Wincott Awards

The Harold Wincott Awards for 2019

4 May 2020 - 'Going for Broke', an episode in the BBC Two series, 'Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil', was the big winner in the 2019 Wincott Awards for financial, economic and business journalism. The episode, which covered the financial crisis that spread from Greece to threaten the entire eurozone, was awarded both the top prize, Journalism of the Year, and the Video category award.

Sir Richard Lambert, Chair of The Wincott Foundation and of the judges' panel, said: "When it came to sheer excellence, one entry stood out above the others in the judges' minds. Such was their enthusiasm that they decided - probably as a one off - that they would give the award for Journalism of the Year to the winner of the Video category."

Here is the full list of winners

Journalism of the Year
Winner: BBC Two, Current Affairs Television: Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil - episode 2 'Going for Broke', directed by Tania Rakhmanova and Tim Stirzaker, produced by Norma Percy, Lucy Hetherington, Max Stern and Nicholas de Taranto
Highly Commended: Patrick Hosking, Financial Editor, The Times, and Henry Curr, Economics Editor, The Economist

Personal Finance Journalist of the Year
Winner: Helen Knapman, The Sun
Highly Commended: Ben Wilkinson, The Daily Mail

Young Journalist of the Year
Winner: Alice Fulwood, The Economist
Highly Commended: Alex Janiaud, Investors Chronicle; Liam Kelly, The Sunday Times

Nations & Regions Journalist of the Year
Winner: Sarah Corker, BBC Look North
Highly Commended: BusinessLive, editor, Alistair Houghton, Reach plc

Audio Journalism of the Year
Winner: Gautam Naik, S&P Global Market Intelligence, ESG Insider Podcasts
Highly Commended: BBC Radio 5 Live, 'Wake Up To Money', presented by Sean Farrington and Louise Cooper, and Kafui Okpattah, BBC Radio 4 Money Box

Video Journalism of the Year
Winner: BBC Two, Current Affairs Television: Inside Europe: Ten Years of Turmoil - episode 2 Going for Broke, directed by Tania Rakhmanova and Tim Stirzaker, produced by Norma Percy, Lucy Hetherington, Max Stern and Nicholas de Taranto
Highly Commended: John Campbell, BBC Northern Ireland, 'The Wrightbus Story'

Full details on the awards, and the judges' comments on the winners and runners-up can be found here.

The press announcement of the awards can be downloaded here.

Anniversary Debate

Should Liberal Capitalism be Saved?

On November 14, 2019, The Wincott Foundation hosted an evening debate at the Financial Times to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. This special event took the place this year of the annual Harold Wincott Memorial Lecture.

The foundation invited Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator of the FT, and Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister, to debate the question 'Should liberal capitalism be saved?'

To read or download the opening statements of Martin Wolf and Yaris Varoufakis, the essay of Sir Geoffrey Owen, and for an audio transcript of the debate, please go here.

Wincott Grants

Fellowship and Scholarship Grants in 2019

The Wincott Fellow at the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism for the autumn term at the University of Oxford is Adesola Akindele-Afolabi, a financial journalist with Business A.M. in Nigeria.

The Wincott Scholar at The School of Journalism, Media and Culture at Cardiff University is Bruno Dubrulle, a reporter covering European stock markets for Reuters

For further information on Wincott grants, and on current and previous fellows and scholars, please click here.

THE TRUSTEES
SIR RICHARD LAMBERT (Chairman)
SIR GEOFFREY OWEN
PROF IAN HARGREAVES CBE
JOHN O'HIGGINS
RUPERT PENNANT-REA
CHRISTOPHER HIRD
BILL ROBINSON
CATHERINE THOMAS
DANIEL WINCOTT

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