The Guardian, i, The Economist and the Financial Times picked up the top prizes at Campaign‘s British Media Awards 2019.
Guardian News & Media, the publisher of The Guardian, won Media Company of the Year after breaking even on an operating basis for the first time for two decades, thanks to its pioneering model of voluntary reader donations.
GNM beat UKTV, which picked up silver, and Hearst UK, which collected bronze, in the fiercely contested category.
i won Media Brand of the Year, with the national newspaper title prospering despite the financial turbulence surrounding its parent company, JPIMedia.
The Financial Times, which hit one million paying digital subscribers earlier this year, won International Media Company of the Year for the second time in a row.
The Economist picked up International Media Brand of the Year.
Ian Hislop, editor of Private Eye, won the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Media.
Davina Barker, sales director at Digital Cinema Media, was named Commercial Director of the Year and Lauren Hay, a designer at SevenC3, was named Rising Star.
The awards, which are in their eighth year, celebrate the best work by media owners and publishers, and recognise innovation and revenue diversification at a time of unprecedented change.
The judges, who were drawn from more than 20 media companies, agencies and brands, said they were keen to reward businesses that have been producing high-quality, editorial and commercial content on a sustainable basis.
James Wildman, UK chief executive and president of Hearst, the owner of 23 titles including Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar and Elle, was chair of the judges.
More than 450 guests attended the black-tie awards dinner at Park Lane Hilton.
Five companies each got two golds. Channel 4’s advertising sales house, 4 Sales, collected Commercial Team of the Year and Best Commercial Use of Data for its Contextual Moments advertising product.
Dennis Publishing picked up two golds for The Week Junior, which won Print Product of the Year and Marketing Team of the Year.
The FT collected International Marketing Team of the Year in addition to its prize for International Media Company of the Year, while The Economist won Editorial Campaign of the Year for “The Economist’s open future” around its 175th anniversary to add to its other win.
Round & About Magazine, a free title for southern England, won two golds for Regional Media Brand of the Year and Regional Commercial Team of the Year. Manor Magazine, which is based in the West Country, picked up Regional Editorial Content Team of the Year.
Other winners include New Scientist’s New Scientist Live, which won Event of the Year for the second time in a row, and Hearst UK’s Hearst Studio, which won Content Studio of the Year.
Stephens & George Print Group sponsored the product and campaign categories at the British Media Awards.
Music and sports broadcaster Colin Murray was master of ceremonies.
The judges also awarded silver and bronze awards in most categories.
For information on all the winners, go to britishmediaawards.com