The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) today reveals the shortlist of winners in its Online Publishing Awards 2008. The highest number of shortlisted entries went to three publishers: Reed Business Information with 12; IPC Media with 9; and Guardian Media Group with 8.

Channel 4, the Financial Times, Hearst Digital/The National Magazine Company, Incisive Media, the Sun all received 5 shortlisted entries each.

In recognition of the growing investment by companies into audience research and understanding consumer behaviour across a number of digital platforms – the AOP included two new categories this year “Research & Insights Project” and “Mobile Site”.

Ruth Brownlee, Director of AOP said, “This year’s shortlist shows that digital publishing is as vibrant as ever! We’ve had a record number of entries again from a really broad range of companies – broadcasting, B2B, consumer magazines and newspapers. It’s enormously encouraging to see such fantastic work being produced across all disciplines of the industry such as design, commercial, editorial and technology. This shortlist is reflective of publishers who’ve managed to combine an innovative use of content with real commercial success. Our awards aim to showcase, reward and celebrate this level of excellence in digital publishing.”

The highly anticipated winners of the AOP Awards, now in its seventh year, will be announced at a gala dinner, on 1 October 2008, at the London Hilton, Park Lane. Early Bird rates for tables or individual places are available until 10 September, book online at www.ukaopevents.org.uk, or contact Ron Nussey on 020 7400 7532 ron.nussey@ukaop.org.uk.

The Awards will follow the AOP’s annual Digital Publishing Summit at the same venue, this year titled: “3C Content, Convergence and Creativity”.

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Further information from:

Ruth Brownlee, Director AOP 020 7400 75100 ruth.brownlee@ukaop.org.uk
Lorette Nettar, PR for AOP 07968 521 684 lorette.nettar@ukaop.org.uk

About AOP
The UK Association of Online Publishers (AOP) is the industry body representing online publishing companies that create original, branded, quality content. AOP champions the interests of companies from newspaper and magazine publishing, TV and radio broadcasting, and pure online media. The AOP raises awareness, lobbies and addresses concerns relating to all areas of online publishing to industry and Government; covering topics such as paid-for-content, online subscription models, data protection, copyright, content management, new technologies and audience measurement.

AOP Members include AN Digital, Bauer Consumer Media, BBC, BBC News Interactive, BBC Worldwide, BSkyB, Centaur Media Plc, Channel 4 New Media, CMP Information, CNET Networks UK, Dennis Publishing, Financial Times, Future, GCap Media, Guardian Media Group plc, Guardian News & Media, Haymarket Media Group, Hearst Digital, Incisive Media, Incisive Media Ltd, Independent New Ventures, IPC Media, ITV, News International Ltd, PPA, Reed Business Information, Reuters Group, Telegraph Media Group Ltd, The Condé Nast Publications (UK), The Economist Group, Trinity Mirror, TSL Education, Which? In addition, PPAi (PPA Interactive) retains a corporate seat on the AOP board: representing the interests of magazine publishers online. www.ukaop.org.uk

Published on: 12:00AM on 2nd September 2008