Columnist and Author
She is arguably the funniest writer of her generation and pens knowing columns about celebrity, pop music and motherhood for The Times. Her book How To Be A Woman was a bestseller and she has written wisely about everything from David Bowie's death to Kim Kardashian's fashion sense. Her follow-up to How to Be A Woman, Moranifesto, is published later in the year.
Editor, The Spectator
Smart, debonair editor of the right-wing magazine that is never afraid to challenge received wisdom, Fraser Nelson is a free marketeer with strong opinions on the excesses of the welfare state and the government's failure to tackle the deficit. The canny Scot uses his knowledge of statistics to back up his arguments with a light sprinkling of killer facts. He has been tipped as a future national newspaper editor.
Football Writer, The Times
Henry Winter is widely regarded as the top sport writer in the country, with over one million Twitter followers, and was subject of a mega-transfer worthy of a Premier League footballer when he moved to The Times from the Daily Telegraph. His new paper was so pleased, it got him to star in its TV ad, but fans are more interested in Winter's verdict about what's happening on the pitch – both during the game when he tweets, and afterwards when he writes his incisive match reports.
Editor, Private Eye
He celebrates 30 years in the job this year, so Ian Hislop is fast becoming the elder statesman of British satire despite only being in his mid-fifties. Under his editorship, Private Eye has remained a fearless critic of politicians and pomposity. His decision to keep most of its editorial content off the Internet has been rewarded with the magazine's highest print circulation since he took charge. He is also a panellist on Have I Got News For You and a thoughtful documentary maker.
Head of BBC News
The multilingual former foreign correspondent James Harding has the challenging job of managing the BBC's global news team at a time of continuing budget cuts. Having formerly worked as editor of The Times (its youngest ever) and Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times, Harding lacks broadcasting experience, but has been learning on the job by co-presenting his own radio show.
Editor, Today Programme
Cheerful, Crystal Palace-supporting editor of the nation's top radio news show Jamie Angus has been quietly shaking up his presenting team with the addition of ex-political editor Nick Robinson who replaced Jim Naughtie. Angus believes in leavening the mix, with lighter subjects to offset bleak stories about Islamic State terror and the UK economy, and wants to produce more exclusive online video from his show's studio interviews with newsmakers.
Editor-in-Chief, Buzzfeed
The former deputy editor of the Guardian won a Pulitzer, America's top journalism prize, for her role in helping whistleblower Edward Snowden expose secret US snooping on the Internet, but she is also known for her irreverent, witty views. Her job at fast-growing Buzzfeed is to bring some serious, populist journalism to the website famed for its lists, dubbed listicles, and in this guise she has been busy recruiting staff.
Editor, New Statesman
Jason Cowley's left-wing magazine the New Statesman has developed a new lease of life in the social media age. It led the way in critiquing the problems facing Ed Miliband when he was Labour leader, and Cowley's team was also among the first to spot the rise of Jeremy Corbyn. The former Observer journalist has also been a literary editor and thoughtful writer on sport.
Editor, Insight Investigations Team, The Sunday Times
Jonathan Calvert is the tough, tenacious reporter and editor who was one of the key figures behind the Sunday Times's hugely impressive FIFA Files exposé of corruption at world football's governing body and doping allegations in athletics. He says 90% of news investigations into bad behaviour and corruption come from talking to people.
European Head of News, Vice Media
The former Channel 4 current affairs commissioner has reinvented himself as an online news expert at Vice where he has quickly won acclaim for powerful documentaries about issues such as Islamic State and the wars in Ukraine and Syria. Sutcliffe is modest about his achievements while being unafraid to criticise established broadcasters for failing to take risks.
BBC Political Editor
Scot Laura Kuenssberg is the first woman to become BBC political editor, and she's already won many fans with her self-effacing onscreen manner and dogged pursuit of a story. She made her name at the BBC and defected to ITV to cover economics, before being poached back. With the 'Brexit' vote on membership of the European Union later this year, expect her to be busy at Brussels as well as Westminster.
City Editor, Sky News
Mark Kleinman's appointment to city editor at Sky News in 2009, at the precocious age of 32, reflected both his ambition and his talent for obtaining scoops. Kleinman himself attributes his early success to hard work and a nurtured network of contacts. During his period as city editor at the Sunday Telegraph prior to Sky, his section was nicknamed the Sunday Kleinman by peers because of the frequency of his bylines. Since joining Sky he has broken a number of stories including the resignation of BP chief executive Tony Hayward and the takeover of Harrods by the Qatari royal family.
Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Mail Online
The populist brain behind the world's most popular English-language website is known for his hands-on approach, personally commissioning his star writers such as Piers Morgan and Katie Hopkins and working on search engine-friendly headlines. Hard-working Clarke has successfully expanded MailOnline's celebrity-driven approach in America and Australia, and has been rewarded with fast-growing advertising revenues.
Today Programme Presenter
A powerful, articulate female voice, Mishal Husain's on-the-ground reporting, including from Pakistan, where she has family roots, has marked her out as one of the BBC's top broadcasters. She was one of the key faces of the BBC during the Olympics, as well as the broadcaster's first Washington-based presenter, and she led coverage about the death of Osama bin Laden.
President, Condé Nast International and Managing Director, Condé Nast UK
The boss of Britain's most fashionable publisher oversees over 100 magazines and branded websites including Vogue, Tatler, GQ and Vanity Fair, and is a passionate spokesman for the power of publishing. The former Harper's & Queen editor is also chairman of the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as of the Campaign for Wool, and is a prolific author of jolly, mischievous society novels. He was appointed CBE in the 2009 Birthday Honours.
Chief Executive, News UK
The head of Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper operations is already making her mark, taking The Sun website free and presiding over the best circulation figures for The Times in a decade. Brooks, a former editor of The Sun, was previously chief executive from 2009 to 2011 and was reappointed last September after being cleared of all charges in the phone-hacking scandal.
Political Editor, ITV News
The man who was memorably the first to report on the 'run' on Northern Rock at the start of the financial crisis in 2007, Robert Peston moved earlier this year to ITV to cover politics rather than business. Peston, with his floppy hair and staccato delivery, has become one of the most distinctive voices on British TV news and has also been given his own Sunday morning political chat show. The son of economist and Labour peer Maurice Peston, Robert Peston is the founder of Speakers For Schools, encouraging industry leaders, public figures and academics to inspire state school pupils with free talks and discussions across the UK.
Political Editor, Sunday Times
Tim 'Shippers' Shipman has been a national newspaper journalist for 16 years, reporting on issues as varied as Kosovo, Iraq, and the Clinton impeachment. He moved from the Daily Mail, where he had been deputy political editor, to the Sunday Times in 2014, and covered the build-up to – and aftermath of – last year's general election for the paper. A 'trusted confidant' of politicians, he has compared his current employer favourably to his former one for its continued investment in journalism and defence of a free press.
ITV Presenter
The dashing former political editor and Northern Ireland correspondent has done plenty of reporting in the field, so has earned his promotion to the presenting hot-seat. He now leads ITV's News At Ten in the 'battle of the bongs' with the BBC, and has called on his rival to vacate its 10pm slot. Bradby has also found time to become a successful thriller writer: his latest, Shadow Dancer, was made into a film starring Clive Owen.
Editor, The Economist
Brilliantly clever and well-travelled, Zanny Minton Beddoes has just celebrated her first year as the first female editor of august weekly magazine The Economist. Its former editor of economics and business affairs, she has worked for the magazine for over 20 years, and has been a steady hand as joint shareholder Pearson sold its stake in the summer. Minton Beddoes is also increasing the magazine's editorial focus on technology and Silicon Valley.
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