"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 chair is Lionel Barber, former editor of the Financial Times. Lionel 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 Trustees

Lionel Barber becomes Wincott Chair

June, 2020 - Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times from 2005 until January this year, is the new Chairman of the trustees of The Wincott Foundation, which supports high quality financial, economic and business journalism.

He replaces another former FT editor, Sir Richard Lambert.

During Lionel Barber's tenure, the FT transformed itself from a print-led newspaper into a global, multichannel news organisation, winning multiple awards. In 2018 he received the Media Society's award for his outstanding contribution to journalism.

An author and lecturer on international affairs, he also chairs the trustees of the Tate galleries.

Lionel will be joined at the Wincott Foundation by Tony Major, a former assistant editor of the FT, who was involved in managing its transition from print to digital. In 23 years of service, his roles included Frankfurt bureau chief, news editor and chief sub editor.

Tony Major replaces Jane Fuller as Director of the Foundation.

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

Contact our Director, Tony Major, at director@wincott.co.uk
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