Brian Marjoribanks named winner of AMS Media Person of 2012 poll

THE journalist editor of a charity fund-raising book about football reporting has been chosen Media Person of 2012.

Of the 675 votes cast in an online poll, Brian Marjoribanks emerged the winner, with 173 votes, just two ahead of runner-up, Kathy Crawford Hay. In third place was Craig Hunter, with 67 votes.

Marjoribanks, who writes for the Scottish Daily Mail, edited a book comprising stories about football reporting, donated by numerous well-known Scots, and Scotland-based, football writers. And the proceeds of ‘Henrik, Hairdryers and The Hand of God: Extraordinary Tales from the Press Box’ are going to Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.

It follows Brian and his wife, Jennifer, losing Andrew, who was stillborn at 39 weeks, just five days before his due date.

And also last year, Brian and Jennifer, a journalist at the Falkirk Herald, had happier news to celebrate as they welcomed the safe arrival of baby son, Fraser, brother to toddler, Alexander.

Brian and Jennifer are pictured with footballer, Kirk Broadfoot, promoting the book.

Runner-up, Crawford Hay, last year stood down as Scotland business manager of the Professional Publishers Association. At the Scottish Magazine of the Year awards held towards the end of last year, she was named the recipient of the Murray Cochran Award for lifetime achievement.

Hunter, meanwhile, is an executive producer at BBC Scotland, and last year a documentary he exec produced – Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die – was a winner of several awards, including an International Emmy.

The shortlist comprised 16 names, including BBC Scotland investigations correspondent, Mark Daly; the editor of The Press and Journal, Damian Bates; and Bauer Media Scotland MD, Graham Bryce.

Pic: Keith Campbell.