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Banbury Guardian wins newspaper of the year award

Banbury Guardian reporters Jason Pritchard, left, and Hanna Ljunggren, right, show off the Johnston Press Large Weekly of the Year trophy with receptionists Sheila Rothwell and Elaine Varney NNL-140703-154223001

Banbury Guardian reporters Jason Pritchard, left, and Hanna Ljunggren, right, show off the Johnston Press Large Weekly of the Year trophy with receptionists Sheila Rothwell and Elaine Varney NNL-140703-154223001

The Banbury Guardian has been named 2013 Large Weekly Newspaper of the Year at a prestigious presentation ceremony hosted by its parent company, Johnston Press.

The Johnston Press Awards were held at Outlon Hall Hotel near Leeds last night (Thursday) to celebrate and recognise media and commercial excellence within the group.

A total of 44 awards were handed out by chief executive officer Ashley Highfield, with the Banbury Guardian pipping runner-up the Wigan Observer to the Large Weekly title.

There was further success for the Banbury team with advertising manager Julia Vethakkan being named Best Sales Manager of the Year and media sales manager Kim Ives claiming the runner-up prize in the highly-competitive Best Sales Person category.

Banbury Guardian editor Jason Gibbins, who travelled to Yorkshire to collect the award, said: “We are delighted to win this prestigious award, which is testament to the continued hard work and dedication of every member of the Banbury Guardian team.

“We are very proud of all the products we produce in Banbury, both in print and online, and this award is confirmation that we are continuing to improve and continue to serve our loyal readers and advertisers to the best of our ability.”

Johnston Press is one of the country’s largest multimedia groups, publishing 13 daily newspapers, 154 paid-for weekly newspapers and 37 free weekly papers as well as 215 local and e-commerce websites/mobile sites and 31 tablet and Smartphone apps.

More than 170 employees and guests attended last night’s dinner.

 

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