Award for sports boss at Bury Free Press newspaper

Group Sports Editor Derek Bish with his JP award.
Group Sports Editor Derek Bish with his JP award.
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Anglia Newspapers’ Group Sports Editor Derek Bish has been named runner up at the Johnston Press Press Awards.

Derek who leads the sports newsteam for all five of Anglia’s titles, including the Bury Free Press, was nominated for the title Weekly Sports Journalist of the Year. He came runner up with the winner being Phil Wilkinson, from the Wigan Evening Post/Wigan Observer.

Derek’s dynamic leadership ensures the back pages are full of interesting and relevent sporting news for West Suffolk.

Barry Peters Anglia Group Editor said: “I’m really pleased that Derek’s hard work and expertise has been recognised.”

Derek said: “It was a bit of a surprise to be a finalist but obviously I was thrilled to receive the award. We have a great team here and they deserve to share in this success.”

There are 191 weekly newspapers in the Johnston Press group and this is the second year the awards have been run. They featured 44 categories recognizing excellence in journalism and sales.