TWO long-serving employees at the Greenock Telegraph have been named as winners in Newsquest’s annual UK Excellence Awards.
Brian Hossack was named as the company’s Editor of the Year for 2015 while photographer, George Munro, was given Newsquest’s Unsung Hero award.
In a memo to staff announcing the winners, Newsquest chief executive, Henry Faure Walker, said both members of staff had been rewarded for an outstanding contribution to the business during 2015.
It read: “The absolute importance of good newspaper sales figures was last year ably demonstrated by the Greenock Telegraph and its editor, Brian Hossack, who illustrated that you can achieve great digital audience growth alongside strong copy sales.”
Mr Hossack has been editor at the Tele since early 2013, during which time the paper has been among the best-performing titles in print circulation anywhere in the UK, and was this year the company’s best-performing Scottish daily.
The paper also managed to almost double its digital readership over the last 12 months.
During Brian’s time as editor, the title and its staff have also been nominated for three Scottish Press Awards, the latest of these next week, for its highly-commended campaign work to change the Wildlife Act and bring sterner punishments for animal cruelty.
Mr Munro has been a stalwart at the paper for over 20 years, during which time he has been recognised with national award nominations for his outstanding photography work. But it was his contribution to the title as a brand ambassador and community champion that was recognised by Newsquest.
Mr Faure Walker said: “The amazing and hard-hitting local journalism that our news teams produce, day in day out, is epitomised by photography from the likes of George Munro, who defines ‘going the extra mile’ for his title.”
Brian said: “I was surprised, but absolutely delighted to win this UK award.
“Newsquest has around 50 editors successfully covering the whole of Britain, so, to be chosen as winner among this company, is quite humbling.
“The award, however, is very much testament to the people who work at the Telegraph.
“The paper has a dedicated, talented and committed staff who are a pleasure to manage and work with. Any manager is only as good as his ‘players’, and I take real pride in the strong team ethic we have built here in Greenock. This award recognises not just my contribution, but that of everyone in that team.”
George added: “I’ve worked at the Telegraph for many years, and I’m proud to say we have a great paper that still provides a voice for the people of Inverclyde and the area.”
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