Steve Hewlett wins Nick Clarke honour
Steve Hewlett's expertise and style have earned him The Nick Clarke award for the year's best broadcast interview.
Hewlett's Radio 4 interview with Lady Peta Buscombe, former chair of the Press Complaints Commission, was deemed 'challenging, well argued, well structured, well informed, impartial and courteous' by the PCC judges.
Conducted at a time when the PCC chair was 'under considerable pressure' over the PCC's handling of the phone hacking scandal and so 'understandably, defensive', Hewlett's 'polite insistence, bringing into play his own background knowledge and research, enabled him to take the listener with him beneath that posture', the judges believed.
The live interview, which went out in February on The Media Show, which Hewlett presents, beat many fellow BBC finalists, including Mark Lawson, Matthew Bannister, Stephen Sackur, Jon Manel and Eddie Mair, to the top prize.
The Nick Clarke award was launched in 2008 in memory of former World at One presenter Clarke, who died in 2006.