Thought Leadership

Who Won The News


MHP recently invited some of the UK’s leading journalists to address the question Who Won The News in 2017? On this page we present the main takeaways from the event: A downloadable report including articles by the panellists and data from our survey of UK news consumption, a downloadable podcast with audio from the panel discussion and video highlights of the event.

the who won the news report

This report summarises the key topics and insights from the event and includes articles by each of the panellists. You can also find more details from our Populus survey of UK news consumption trends in 2017.

Who Won The News report

On Message: Who Won the news Podcast

2017 saw the inexorable growth of digital communication around the globe, placing more pressure on traditional broadcast and print media.

But despite the noise around the growth of platforms like Facebook and Twitter as a primary source of news, polling conducted by Populus on behalf of MHP revealed that the vast majority of UK news consumers still rely on television as their main source of reliable news.

This podcast features highlights from our latest media panel event, where leading figures from both traditional and digital journalism gave us their analysis of the past 12 months – and forecasts for 2018


  • Nick Sutton, Editor of the BBC News website. Nick joined the BBC as a news trainee and quickly rose through the ranks to become deputy editor of Newsnight and then editor of Radio 4’s World At One programme. The BBC News website is one of the biggest and most trusted news websites in the world. He created the Tomorrow’s Papers Today Twitter service earning him a vast following throughout the UK media.
  • Kate McCann, Senior Political Correspondent at The Telegraph. Kate has become an influential figure in the Westminster lobby and combines her reporting for the Daily Telegraph newspaper with frequent updates for the Telegraph website and social media. She is a former Gold winner of MHP’s Young Journalist Awards: 30 To Watch.
  • Ian Burrell, Having earned his spurs in regional newspapers, Ian is now a respected media correspondent with a thorough understanding of how the UK media is transforming. He is media correspondent for The i newspaper and writes the weekly In The News column for The Drum.
  • Bryony Gordon, Freelance feature writer for The Telegraph, Bryony also hosts the Mad World podcast which reflects her interest in mental health issues. In 2017 she won acclaim for her podcast interview with Prince Harry in which he talked candidly about his reaction to the death of his mother Diana, Princess of Wales.
  • Harry Wallop, One of Britain’s leading consumer journalists who writes features for many of the UK’s leading newspapers and magazines. He also appears regularly on TV and radio and has presented several editions of Channel 4’s Dispatches.


  • MHP’s Head of Media, Ian Kirby, had a long career in newspapers before he joined MHP. For many of those years he was Political Editor of the News of the World where he won several awards for campaigning journalism. At MHP he heads a team of former national journalists from newspapers, broadcast and digital media. The MHP Media unit offers training and advises clients from all sectors on media strategy.
Watch video highlights from the Who Won The News panel event


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On Message is produced by Emily Jones of Bold Yellow production and Nick Carter of Mixsonix Audio Production.

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