Celebrating the best in Welsh journalism, held in Cardiff on Friday, November 10

BBC International Editor Jeremy Bowen and the group of journalists who exposed a culture of misogyny and sexism in the Welsh Rugby Union were last night (10th November) honoured in the Journalists’ Charity’s Wales Media Awards 2023.

Jeremy Bowen won the headline Outstanding Contribution to Journalism award in recognition of his 40-year career reporting on conflicts from around the world.

Current affairs programme BBC Wales Investigates and freelance print and online journalist Liz Perkins were the joint recipients of the Journalism of the Year award for their separate investigations into the WRU scandal.

Announcing Jeremy Bowen as winner of the Outstanding Contribution to Journalism trophy, James Brindle, CEO of the Journalists’ Charity, said: “For nearly 40 years, Jeremy  has been telling powerful stories that shape the way the world understands conflict.

“Tonight, like so many nights during his career, he is in a war zone, sacrificing a normal life to be in Israel taking risks to report the truth. During his career, he has shown all the hallmarks of great journalism: objectivity, trustworthiness, empathy and courage. He is quite simply a legend.”

In his pre-recorded video message, Cardiff-born Jeremy said: “I would like to thank you all for this fantastic award. It’s a great honour and I’m disappointed not to be with you.”

He added: “April next year will be 40 years since I signed on the dotted line with the BBC to become a journalist. I’m very fortunate that I have had a part in some of the biggest stories around the world since the Eighties and it’s been an incredible privilege to be able to report on those major events.”

Coverage of the scandal that engulfed the WRU earlier this year led to the Journalist of the Year category being re-named Journalism of the Year in recognition of the group of journalists which broke and developed this important story.

In making the award to BBC Wales Investigates: Welsh Rugby Under the Spotlight and to Liz Perkins, the judges said: “At its best, journalism holds power to account and gives a voice to those who have been forced to remain silent. This story was Welsh journalism at its best. Its brilliant execution showed the power of print, online and broadcast news, and produced a story that shocked Wales and then went around the world.”

There were double honours for the two recipients. In addition to their shared Journalism of the Year award, BBC Wales Investigates was voted Video News and Current Affairs Programme of the Year and Liz Perkins was named Sports Journalist of the Year – again for the WRU story.

Around 200 guests from the Welsh media and sponsor organisations attended the event at Cardiff’s Parkgate Hotel which was hosted by the BBC’s Lucy Owen and ITV’s Jonathan Hill. The awards’ headline sponsor was Camelot with support sponsor Creative Wales as well as a number of other sponsor companies.

A highly experience panel of Judges, under the chairmanship of Jonathan Grun, chose the winners from more than 200 entries – a record for the awards, now in their ninth year.

Both Welsh and English language entries were received from across broadcast, print and online publications.

Among other winners were ITV Wales’ Hannah Thomas, voted Specialist Journalist of the Year; Wales Online’s Will Hayward, Political Journalist of the Year; and Nation Cymru’s Delyth Hughes, Feature Writer/Columnist of the Year.

The Western Mail was named Daily/Sunday Newspaper of the Year and the Cambrian News was the winner of the Weekly Newspaper of the Year. The trophy for Online News Site of the Year went to BBC Cymru Fyw.

ITV Cymru Wales’ Hamish Auskerry was voted Young Journalist of the Year.

Clonc 360 was the winner of the Community Journalism of the Year award – recognition of the important role played by Welsh language community publications known as Papurau Bro, some titles celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.


Pictures from the night HERE.  Courtesy of Natasha Hirst Photography



News Writer of the Year

Awdur Newyddion y Flwyddyn

Gwyn Loader (BBC Cymru /Wales)


Video News Journalist of the Year

Newyddiadurwr Newyddion Fideo y Flwyddyn

Andy Davies (Channel 4 news)


Audio News Journalist of the Year

Newyddiadurwr Newyddion Sain y  Flwyddyn

Jenny Rees (BBC Cymru/Wales)


Stills Photographer of the Year

Ffotograffydd Llonydd y Flwyddyn

Joann Randles


Shoot/Edit Journalist of the Year

Newyddiadurwr Saethu/Golygu y Flwyddyn

Greg Davies (BBC Cymru/Wales)


Political Journalist of the Year

Newyddiadurwr Gwleidyddol y Flwyddyn

Will Hayward (Western Mail/Wales Online)


Sports Journalist of the Year

Newyddiadurwr Chwaraeon y Flwyddyn

Liz Perkins


Feature Writer/Columnist of the Year

Awdur Nodwedd/Colofnydd y Flwyddyn

Delyth Hughes (Nation Cymru)


Specialist Journalist of the Year

Newyddiadurwr Arbenigol y Flwyddyn

Hannah Thomas (ITV Cymru Wales)


Ed Townsend Student Journalist of the Year

Myfyriwr Newyddiadurwr y Flwyddyn Ed Townsend

Robert Burke (Cardiff Metropolitan University)


Young Journalist of the Year

Newyddiadurwr Ifanc y Flwyddyn

Hamish Auskerry (ITV Cymru/Wales)


Daily /Sunday Newspaper of the Year

Papur Dyddiol/Sul y Flwyddyn

Western Mail


Weekly Newspaper of the Year

Papur Newydd Wythnosol y Flwyddyn

Cambrian News


Video Camera Operator of the Year

Gweithredwr Camera Fideo y Flwyddyn

Dai Baker (Channel 4 News)


Online News Site of the Year

Safle Newyddion Ar-lein y Flwyddyn

Cymru Fyw (BBC Cymru /Wales)


Video News and Current Affairs Programme of the Year

Rhaglen Fideo Newyddion a Materion Cyfoes y Flwyddyn

BBC Wales Investigates: Welsh Rugby Under The Spotlight (BBC Cymru/Wales)


Audio News and Current Affairs Programme of the Year

Rhaglen Newyddion a Materion Cyfoes Sain y Flwyddyn

Drowned: Flooding of a Village (BBC Cymru/Wales)


Community Journalism of the Year

Newyddiaduraeth Gymunedol y Flwyddyn

Clonc 360


Journalism of the Year

Newyddiaduraeth y Flwyddyn

BBC Wales Investigates: Welsh Rugby Under the Spotlight

Liz Perkins


Outstanding Contribution to Journalism

Cyfraniad Eithriadol i Newyddiaduraeth

Jeremy Bowen


Award entries

The awards entry period is for works published or broadcast between March 1st 2022 to 31st May 2023.

A distinguished panel of judges, comprising senior journalists from Wales and around the UK, will judge the entries.

Awards dinner

As well as celebrating individual and collective success, the awards also showcase the Journalists’ Charity’s wider work in supporting working and retired journalists and their families who might be facing personal challenges and hardship.

We have been doing so for more than 150 years and thanks to events such as the Wales Media Awards will continue to do so in future.

Sponsors and Supporters

The Journalists’ Charity’s annual Wales Media Awards recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to journalism in Wales. This is at a time when a free news media has arguably never been more important in a democratic society.

The Journalists’ Charity is grateful to sponsors without whose support the Wales Media Awards would not be possible.

The Journalists’ Charity would also like to thank BBC Cymru Wales, PR agency Cowshed and Natasha Hirst Photography for their support.