The editor of a Sunday newspaper which doubled sales during the Scottish independence referendum has been named his group’s editor of the year.
It later revealed that its internal figures showed a circulation of 49,921 for its more recent edition – a year-on-year increase of 111pc.
The sales boost earned Richard Walker the title of editor of the year at Newsquest’s annual Excellence Awards held in central London earlier this week.
The Sunday Herald was also named newspaper of the year in this week’s ceremony at the Institute of Directors in Pall Mall.
Newsquest chief executive Henry Faure Walker said: “These Newsquest wide awards recognise the achievements, innovation and outstanding contributions made by our employees across the group.
“All of the winners are very well deserved and worthy of mention, but in particular I would highlight the success of Worcester, Publishing Centre of the Year, which achieved year on year growth in both advertising and total revenues in 2014, and the Sunday Herald, Newspaper of the Year, which outstripped all other UK and Scottish newspapers in achieving double digit percentage copy sales growth in 2014.”
The full list of winners was as follows:
Newspaper of the Year – Sunday Herald
Publishing Centre of the Year – Worcester
Editor of the Year – Richard Walker, Sunday Herald
Journalist of the Year – Samantha Harman, Dorset Echo
Digital media award – David Johnson, Newsquest North West
Photojournalist of the Year – Simon Dack, The Argus, Brighton
Senior Ad Manager of the Year – Caroline Smith, Stourbridge
Sales Executive of the Year – Emma Liley, Kendal
Innovator of the Year – Jenny Thompson, Newsquest North East
Unsung Hero – Howie Blanks, Brighton