An annual journalism awards ceremony has been officially cancelled for 2020 – although some winners will still be revealed.
The newsawards 2020 event has been called off due to the coronavirus crisis following “extensive consultation” between organisers, sponsors and the newspaper industry.
The newsawards ceremony had initially been rescheduled from 6 May to a November date, but has now been scrapped altogether.
A number of the 2020 categories were judged prior to lockdown and the aim is to announce the nominations and winners of these categories during May of this year.
The results will be announced via the newsawards website, social media, press releases and email.
Next year’s ceremony will take place on Wednesday 5 May 2021, again at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, in London.
Gary Cullum, director of newsawards, said: “Having consulted our sponsors and industry contacts, there are too many unknowns at the moment and it was clear that there is not enough confidence that there will be an appetite for attending big events this year – even if social distancing restrictions were to be removed.
“We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the newspaper publishers, printers and news media suppliers who entered the 2020 awards and we look forward to working with you all again when life has returned to a degree of normality.
“And, of course, a big thanks to our sponsors for their continuing support.”