Archant Print was named Niche Market Newspaper Printer of the Year at the prestigious Newspaper Awards at the London Hilton on Park Lane last night (April 1) for the second year running.
Archant also picked up commendations in six other categories at the Awards which are devoted to celebrating the best in print and digital news media production and innovation.
Archant Print won the Niche Market class for its work printing MCN (Motor Cycle News). Judges said of MCN: “No wonder it’s called the motorcyclist’s bible – it’s jam-packed with news from different sectors plus reviews, results and extensive classi?eds. Excellent editorial, this is a read all week publication.”
Judges also praised its design, use of colour and print standards with one judge adding that MCN was difficult to fault. An excellent, well-produced and printed all-round package.”
Clive Want, Director of Thorpe Print Centre, who collected the award, said: “This is testament to everyone at Print as MCN was in a category with 35 other regional and national newspapers in the Niche Market category, so to win this is something very special.”
Archant Print was also commended in the competitive Newspaper Printer of the Year category for MCN, Classic Car Weekly and Angling Times. Judges said: “Superb vibrancy and brightness. Clear, consistent quality across the brands.”
Five other commended slots were also secured by Archant publications.
Archant Norfolk’s Eastern Daily Press was commended in the Regional Newspaper of the Year and in the Weekend Newspaper of the Year class, which was won by the Independent on Sunday.
Archant London’s Ham & High and Archant Herts & Cambs free weekly The Hunts Post were both commended in the Weekly Newspaper of the Year category.
Archant East’s EDP Norfolk magazine was commended in the Regional Supplement/ Magazine of the Year class.
Gary Cullum, director of The Newspaper Awards, said: “ What this year’s Awards has clearly shown is, that despite the challenges that inevitably lie ahead, our extraordinary industry has the vision, the technology and the skills to prosper.
“Looking at the range of entries presented before this year’s judges, it is clear that production of world-class leading news media publishing platforms remains safe under our watch.”
The 2014 Newspaper Awards were hosted by radio and TV broadcaster Richard Bacon in front of nearly 500 guests.
Pictured above, Clive Want, centre, picks up the Niche Market award from host Richard Bacon, right and Steve Whitehead, group operations director of Newsprinters which sponsored the award.
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