"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 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.


The winners were:

Wincott Financial Journalism of the year
The judges said:
"This was one of the most far-reaching 'financial market scandal' stories of the year. The Bloomberg team exposed specific acts of collusion by foreign exchange traders, opening the way for further investigation by journalists from other organisations and posing questions for industry regulators. The judges were impressed to see Bloomberg pursuing a story like this with skill, determination and the necessary resources."
Bloomberg News
"Rigging the World's Biggest Market"
Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett, Liam Vaughan, Ambereen Choudhury, Gavin Finch, Bob Ivry and Sir Geoffrey Owen, chairman of the judging panel.

Personal Finance Journalism of the Year
The judges said:
"Many news organisations gave coverage to the emerging consumer crisis in the annuities market, which has led this year to Government action. The judges liked this edition of Channel 4 Dispatches for the calmness it brought to reporting and analysing the subject in a manner which made it accessible to a general audience. Presenter Michael Buerk got the tone exactly right, as the team delivered a series of measured insights."
Channel 4 Dispatches
Mrs Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett, Daniel Pearl, commissioning editor, George Waldrum, series producer and Philip Carter, producer/director, Sir Geoffrey Owen

Wincott Young Financial Journalist of the Year
The judges said:
"It is unusual for a young journalist to approach stories with an eye to younger readers and with a voice which older readers will enjoy overhearing. Katie Morley of the Investors Chronicle pulls this off in her work, commenting in one article on concern about pensions plan uptake among the young that from her experience, a Sky television contract might well be a better buy for the under 30s than a lock-in to an annuity. The judges applauded Katie's directness, freshness and her sense of humour."
Katie Morley, Investors Chronicle
Katie Morley and Sir Geoffrey Owen
Wincott Young Financial Journalist of the Year
The judges said:
"Graham's expertise includes retailing, where the year saw one of those big shifts in structure, as recession-bound consumers discovered the charms of the low-price brands Lidl and Aldi, with consequences that continue to rumble through. Ruddick showed strong understanding of this story from the perspective of management, shareholders and customers. One of his quotes, that "Maidstone mums are no longer afraid of being seen in a Lidl store," may have startled the odd, trend-deaf Sunday Telegraph reader."
Graham Ruddick, The Telegraph
Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett and Graham Ruddick

Wincott Radio Journalism of the Year
The judges said:
"'The Bottom Line' has attracted a strong following in recent years in spite of its late Saturday afternoon time slot on BBC Radio 4. The judges enjoy the programme's premise of business leaders talking to each other in a non-confrontational way on subjects of wide interest. Evan Davis is perfectly suited to delivering the ambience needed for a show like this to succeed. The judges particularly enjoyed the episode submitted for the award, which built a discussion around the business model of Timpson, the shoe repair and services business, discussing among other aspects the company's policy of recruiting people with a criminal record.
BBC Radio 4, 'The Bottom Line'
Rosamund Jones and Evan Davis receive their award from Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett and Sir Geoffrey Owen.

Wincott Television Journalism of the Year
The judges said:
"Siobhan Kennedy's reporting on business issues was an outstanding aspect of the programme last year, with very strong reports on difficult subjects relevant to millions of people, such as the growth of 'zero hours' work contracts and the bizarre mis-selling by big banks to small businesses of complex swap deals. Kennedy's approach hinges upon tough and balanced analysis of the facts, supported by vivid reporting of victim stories. The result is high impact business journalism for a television audience."
Channel 4 Dispatches
Elizabeth Wincott-Heckett congratulates Girish Juneja and Siobhan Kennedy


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