Irish Times journalists win ‘business news story of the year’
Outstanding achievement award presented to Ingrid Miley of RTÉ for her contribution
Irish Times journalists Mark Paul and Ciarán Hancock, who won the business news story of the year award at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, 11th Annual Business Journalist Awards for an article on the boardroom row at Independent News and Media (INM) over its proposed bid for radio station Newstalk are pictured with (from left) Eavann Murphy, director of sales services and marketing at sponsor Open Eir; Emer Gilvarry, chairwoman awards judging panel and chairwoman of Mason Hayes & Curran; and Prof Mike O’Neill, associate dean and director of UCD Smurfit School. Photograph: Shane O’Neill / SON Photographic
Irish Times journalists Mark Paul and Ciarán Hancock have won the business news story of the year award for an article on the boardroom row at Independent News and Media (INM) over its proposed bid for radio station Newstalk.
Their submission, “INM confirms clash over Newstalk bid”, won the gong at the 11th UCD Smurfit School Business Journalist Awards held at the Westbury Hotel, Dublin, on Monday.
The story centred on how INM’s then-chief executive Robert Pitt and the group’s chairman, Leslie Buckley, had a major dispute over the price tag of a proposed bid for Newstalk, which is owned by INM’s biggest shareholder Denis O’Brien.
The Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement is investigating the matter following a protected disclosure, while Mr Pitt left his role in INM after earlier failing to back Mr Buckley’s re-election as chairman at the company’s annual general meeting.
Other winners included Brian Carey of the Sunday Times who won the economic commentator/business analyst category for articles on foreign direct investment, NAMA and INM.
Mark Tighe, also of the Sunday Times, was named specialist business reporter of the year for submissions on Denis O’Brien and another on “judging the judges”.
The business feature category went to Sunday Business Post editor Ian Kehoe for his RTÉ documentary about vulture funds entitled “the great Irish sell-off”.
The business interview of the year went to Gretchen Friemann of INM for her interview with Jeremy Masding, the chief executive of Permanent TSB.
Peter O’Dwyer from the Ireland Edition of the Times was named upcoming journalist of the year, while the technology reporter of the year went to Adrian Weckler of INM for his article on the dark web.
Finally, an outstanding achievement award was presented to Ingrid Miley of RTÉ for her contribution to business journalism across both radio and television in a career spanning almost 40 years.
UCD Smurfit School highlighted the “insight and clarity” she has brought to some of the most complex industrial relations issues Ireland has faced, including major strikes and reporting on negotiations in public sector pay and reform.