BBC documentary on eurozone crisis wins top Wincott Award for 2019
4 May 2020 - The BBC Two documentary, Going for Broke, part of a series charting turmoil in the European Union in the last decade, was the big winner in the 2019 Wincott Awards for financial, economic and business journalism. The Inside Europe film, which covered the financial crisis that spread from Greece to threaten the entire eurozone, was awarded the prize for Journalism of the Year as well as winning the Video category.
Sir Richard Lambert, who chairs the Wincott Foundation trustees and the judges' panel, said: "When it came to sheer excellence, one entry to the prize lists 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, Inside Europe." The episode was directed by Tania Rakhmanova and Tim Stirzaker, and produced by Norma Percy, Lucy Hetherington, Max Stern and Nicholas de Taranto.
In a strong field for Financial Journalist of the Year, Patrick Hosking, Financial Editor of The Times, and Henry Curr, Economics Editor of the Economist, were highly commended. In the Video category, the judges also picked out John Campbell's coverage of the collapse of Wrightbus for BBC Northern Ireland.
For the first time, a series of podcasts won the Audio category. S&P Global Market Intelligence and reporter Gautam Naik took the prize for its ESG Insider series, which dug deep into the supply chains of big business. A close contender was BBC Radio 5 Live's Wake Up To Money programme, presented by Sean Farrington and Louise Cooper, and there was a special mention for Kafui Okpattah's investigation for BBC Radio 4 Money Box of teenagers being lured into money-laundering scams.
The Sun's Helen Knapman was named Personal Finance Journalist of the Year for her vivid and informative coverage of customers' problems. Ben Wilkinson, of The Daily Mail, was highly commended.
In the Young Journalist category, Alice Fulwood, of the Economist, won for work that included an ambitious package on the automation of investment. Alex Janiaud, of the Investors Chronicle, and Liam Kelly, of The Sunday Times, were highly commended.
Sarah Corker, of BBC Look North, took the prize for Nations & Regions Journalist of the Year, after being shortlisted last year. Her video clips covered, among other stories, the collapse of British Steel. The judges also liked the BusinessLive initiative, launched last year by the publisher Reach plc.
Across the six categories for work completed in 2019, a total of 114 entries were received from more than 40 publications and channels. The judging took place at a virtual meeting in late March - after the Covid-19 lockdown had been imposed. The awards lunch, due to take place at Mansion House in the City of London on 4 May, had to be cancelled. The winners' certificates will be posted and the trustees of The Wincott Foundation are considering how to celebrate the achievements of the award winners later this year.
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Notes for Editors
1. The judges were: Sir Richard Lambert (chair), Jane Fuller, Ian Hargreaves, Christopher Hird, Rachel Lomax, Jane Martinson, John O'Higgins, Sir Geoffrey Owen and Catherine Thomas.
2. The Wincott awards are named after the distinguished financial journalist, Harold Wincott, who died suddenly in 1969. Following his death, friends and admirers contributed to the formation of The Wincott Foundation.
3. The Foundation seeks to contribute to a better understanding of business, economic and financial issues, principally by supporting and encouraging high-quality journalism in these fields. The Foundation believes that the media - print, broadcast and on-line - have an important role to play in reporting, explaining and commenting on economic and business developments. Accurate, objective and well-informed reporting and analysis are essential ingredients of a well-functioning market economy.
4. The awards have been made every year since 1970. Details of previous winners and information regarding the Foundation and the awards can be found here.