The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) announced the winners of its Online Publishing Awards 2008 at the London Hilton Park Lane last night. The gala event was opened by a “beat-box” set by Beardyman who has spent a hectic summer playing at various festivals including Glastonbury and hosting Fatboy Slim’s Big Beach Boutique in Brighton. The awards were presented by comedian Hardeep Singh Kohli, who wrote the comedy sitcom “Meet the Magoons”.

Highlights of the 16 award winners included:

Reed Business Information which showcased its business mettle by picking up the most gongs, four, across the board for Online Publisher – Business (the second year running), Website – Business, Online Community for B2B site Farmers Weekly Interactive and Online Advertising Sales Team – Business.

IPC won three awards for Cross-Media Project, Research & Insights Project (one of the AOP’s new categories), and Editorial Team – Consumer.

BSkyB took both Online Publisher - Consumer and Website – Consumer accolades.

Ruth Brownlee, Director of AOP comments, “We’d like to congratulate all of this year’s winners – the standard of entrants has been extremely high and competition tough! Our awards aim to reward and celebrate the best work in digital publishing. This year’s winners have produced work that shows real creativity, smart use of technology and commercial acumen. All of the winners have shown great passion for the industry and exceptional talent. We’re delighted to be able to support it.”

A full list of winners, special mention awards and judges comments is at:

Further information from:
Ruth Brownlee, Director AOP 020 7400 75100
Lorette Nettar, PR for AOP 07968 521 684

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.

Editor’s Notes
Beardyman, in the absence of a worthy challenger for his UK Beatboxing Champion title, Beardyman has retired from competing and has spent his time gigging all over the World, developing and perfecting a ground breaking new live set up, writing material, and presiding over an ever growing army of blogging fans.

Summer 08 has seen him storm every European festival worth its salt. Headline grabbing sets have wowed crowds at Glastonbury, Oxegen, Wilsonic, Lovebox, Bestival, Electric Picnic, Hydro Connect and Get Loaded. The finale to the summer will see him hosting Fatboy Slim’s Big Beach Boutique in Brighton.

A classically trained musician, Beardyman is currently in the studio working with a series of guest producers, including Ashley Beedle, Caged Baby, Krafty Kutz, Trojan Sound System, and Wild Rumpus’ Cosmo. Learning from some of the best producers in the World, Beardyman is also developing into a respected producer in his own right. Beardyman’s web profile continues to grow. His now legendary YouTube video, ‘Kitchen Diaries’ has won plaudits across the globe, combining his unique sense of humour with his award winning beatbox skills. To date the clip has received over 2.7 million views across sites such as YouTube and Meta Cafe.

Recent TV appearances on Lily Allen and Friends and The Green Room have been picked up by blogs around the World. His legion of fans ensure that footage of nearly every gig appears on the internet…

Hardeep Singh Kohli
Hardeep Singh Kohli is a multi-talented man. He wrote, directed and starred in the sitcom Meet the Magoons; took a wry look at sex, race, pets, religion and family in Hardeep Does; made poker semi-respectable in �50 Says You'll Watch This; and reached the final of Celebrity Masterchef.

Hardeep has since cooked his way around the sub-Continent and written about his experiences in Indian Takeaway. His current remit extends from reports for The One Show to serving on the judging panel for the Man Booker Prize. He also occasionally pops up on Newsnight Review, Midweek and Question Time.

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