LONDON 29 APRIL 2009 - The Association of Online Publishers (AOP) today reveals the shortlist of nominees in its eighth Digital Publishing Awards 2009.

The shortlist nominations across the 17 categories represent consumer and business publishers. The most shortlisted nominations were received by IPC and Reed Business Information with 13 nominations each, across 7 categories each. Closely followed by Guardian News & Media with 10 nominations across 6 categories. News International received 7 nominations across 6 categories; while Incisive Media picked up 7 nominations across 5 categories; and UBM received 6 nominations across 5 categories.

The broadcasters include 6 nominations for BSkyB across 6 categories. The BBC scored 5 nominations across 4 categories; BBC Worldwide gained 3 nominations across 2 categories, Channel 4 received 5 nominations across 4 categories, and ITV is nominated in one category.

Alison Reay, AOP Chairman and Digital & Multi-Media Director, Telegraph Media Group comments, “The entries for this year’s AOP Digital Awards highlight the breadth of our membership: small, medium and large businesses targeting consumer through to pure B2B. In a challenging business year, it is even more important to recognise and reward businesses in the publishing sector that dare to innovate. We’re pleased to showcase the exacting calibre of entries - businesses, case studies and individual achievements - celebrating, even more critically this year, those publishers and individuals that contributed to and made a real difference to our industry.”

The AOP introduced three new categories to the awards this year. The Digital Editor Individual was hotly contested, with a final shortlist of 11 entries for this award to reward the individual contribution of online journalists, editors and community managers, working in both consumer and B2B environments. Digital Commercial Individual applauds an individual working in digital advertising, digital marketing or business development. Specialist Digital Publisher, recognising the success of smaller media owners with an annual turnover of less than £5m, from both business and consumer publishing.

The Launch category has 9 shortlisted entrants. Other continually popular categories include Website Consumer also with a shortlist of 11 nominees – Website Business; Cross Media Projects and Innovation.
 
The winners of the AOP Awards, will be announced at a gala dinner, on 2 June 2009, at Old Billingsgate, EC3. Early Bird rates for tables or individual places are available until 15 May, book online at www.ukaop.org.uk/awards, or contact Ron Nussey on 020 7400 7532 ron.nussey@ukaop.org.uk and Tilly Martin on 020 7400 7566 tilly.martin@ukaop.org.uk.
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The AOP Digital Awards are supported by New Media Age, as the media sponsor; the online partner is Brand Republic; and ABCe, Deloitte, Nstein, Revolution Jobs, Sapient and Solbright. This first round of judging was by AOP members and industry experts.

The AOP Awards celebrates excellence in digital media across the trade body’s varied membership. All categories received record entries this year, an analysis of the four main subject areas showed that publishers/website categories led the way with 29% of all entries, editorial categories (individual and teams) attracted 25% of all entries, narrowly ahead of Innovation categories with 24% (innovation, video, launch, research) and commercial categories with 22% (individual, teams, cross media, commercial partnership). A detailed break down is available here "http://www.ukaop.org.uk/news/awards09analysis.html" http://www.ukaop.org.uk/news/awards09analysis.html

Full Shortlist follows at end of press release.

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Further information from:
Liz Somerville, Acting Director AOP 020 7400 7510 / HYPERLINK "mailto:liz.somerville@ukaop.org.uk" liz.somerville@ukaop.org.uk
Lorette Nettar, PR AOP 07968 521 684 / HYPERLINK "mailto:lorette.nettar@ukaop.org.uk" 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 publishes original research including the annual Census now in its seventh year. It also hosts forums, conferences and events, where members can debate issues, meet peers and network.

The AOP hosts two annual flagship industry events, the AOP Digital Publishing Awards, which will be held on 2 June 2009 at Old Billingsgate EC3, and the AOP Digital Publishing Summit scheduled for 7 October 2009.

AOP Members include AN Digital, Bauer Consumer Media, BBC, BBC Worldwide, BSkyB, CBS Interactive, Channel 4 New Media, Condé Net UK, Dennis Publishing, Economist Group, Financial Times, Future, Global Radio, Guardian Media Group plc, Guardian News & Media, Haymarket Media Group, Hearst Digital, Incisive Media, Independent New Ventures, IPC Media, ITV, News International Ltd, PPA, Reed Business Information, Telegraph Media Group Ltd, Thomson Reuters, Trinity Mirror, TSL Education, Which? HYPERLINK "http://www.ukaop.org.uk/" www.ukaop.org.uk.

Published on: 6:49PM on 29th April 2009