Editorial Intelligence announces the 2009 Winners for the first UK Comment Awards at RIBA, London.

London, 13th October 2009. Editorial Intelligence (www.editorialintelligence.com) has announced the 2009 winners of the inaugural Comment Awards at a packed ceremony held this morning over a champagne breakfast at RIBA, London.

The ceremony was hosted by commentator Peter York and attended by Chairman of the Judges Sir Christopher Meyer, as well as the shortlisted candidates and a plethora of opinion formers across media, politics, business, academia and public life. The winners of the 13 categories have been announced and presented in front of an audience of some 200 guests, to honour their respective achievements in the world of comment, be it in print or online. The proceedings were filmed by broadcast partner Policy Review Interactive and highlights will be broadcast at www.commentawards.com and on www.policyreview.tv. The Comment Awards were held in association with lead awards partner, Jaguar Land Rover and category sponsors as listed below. See www.commentawards.com for further information on our category judges and sponsors. The Comment Awards – 2009 Winners Best Comment Pages sponsored by Edelman Winner: The Times Commentariat of the Year sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover Winner: Martin Wolf, Financial Times Cultural Commentator sponsored by Arts & Business Winner: Johann Hari, The Independent Diary Comment Page sponsored by Atlantic Books Winner: Londoner’s Diary, London Evening Standard Best Environment Comment sponsored by Climate Change Capital Winner: Camilla Cavendish, The Times Financial Commentator sponsored by Nationwide Winner: Alex Brummer, Daily Mail Magazine Commentator (including trade media and weeklies) sponsored by Green Thing (Dothegreenthing.com) Winner: Alex Brummer, New Statesman Media Commentator sponsored by BT Winner: Peter Preston, The Guardian and The Observer Online Commentator (independent blogger) sponsored by Cision Winner: Iain Dale, Iain Dale’s Diary Online Newspaper Blog sponsored by MessageSpace Winner: FT Alphaville, Financial Times Poison Pen: Polemicist of the Year sponsored by Demos Winner: Richard Littlejohn, Daily Mail Political Commentator sponsored by Weber Shandwick Winner: Fraser Nelson, The Spectator and News of the World Chairman’s Choice Award chosen by Sir Christopher Meyer Winner: Matthew Parris, The Times ENDS www.commentawards.com www.editorialintelligence.com For further information please contact Julia Hobsbawm, Chief Executive, Editorial Intelligence on 07967 813975 or Lucy Tatton-Brown, Events Manager, Editorial Intelligence on 020 7251 7252. Notes to Editors: 1. Editorial Intelligence (ei) is the media analysis and networking business that coined the phrase ‘Commentariat’ to describe the increasingly influential world of comment and opinion. ei is a new kind of media business which runs an agenda-setting opinion former network - the ei Club - for individual and corporate members alike. ei works with some of the largest and most innovative brands in business, politics and the non-profit worlds, producing special events, from the unique ‘British Davos’ symposium Names Not Numbers to these UK Comment Awards. ei also runs modern training programmes for in-house teams and publishes thought leader opinion publications and broadcasting via eiTV. Editorial Intelligence’s signature product is the ei Digest - a direct-to-inbox capsule summary of the day’s UK comment media in print and online. 2. Category judges were only assigned to judge award categories for which they had not been nominated or in which they have no existing connection or interest. This process was monitored by Sir Christopher Meyer as chairman of the judging panel.