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Apple Daily only Asian publisher to win at PANPA Newspaper of the Year Awards

It was a disappointing year for Asian press at last night’s Pacific Area Newspaper Association Awards with only the Apple Daily winning any gongs.

The Taiwan and Hong Kong-based publication claimed three awards in the Single-Width Technical Excellence category.

Meanwhile, Singapore Press Holdings failed to pick up any gongs at the Sydney-held awards the second year running.

Although the awards show is normally dominated by Australian publishers, in recent years SPH’s The Straits Times has managed to pick up awards in digital innovation category for its Communities platform and for its Best Young Reader Program in 2014 and 2015 respectively.

However, although Mumbrella Asia understands that SPH once again entered in Technical Excellence categories, none of its publications were successful.

For the past two years in a row now, the Apple Daily, a title famous for its animated recreations of news stories, and its sister title the Sharp Daily have claimed any prizes for Asia. There was also no showing this year from the South China Morning Post, which last won an award for technical excellence in 2015.

Sydney-based national newspaper The Australian took out the top prize for the second consecutive year, while News Corp’s masthead won in the national/metropolitan category of daily newspaper of the year along with winning the best weekend category.

Fairfax’s Australian Financial Review collected the award for national/metropolitan website of the year.

Organiser NewsMediaWorks’ new CEO, Peter Miller said: “I would like to congratulate all this year’s Newspaper of the Year award winners and acknowledge the incredibly high standard of the region’s print and digital news content, as well as photography, design and technical excellence.

“Our news media brands can stand tall as among the best in the world and this year’s award winners again showed outstanding excellence in each category. The PANPAs are the region’s pre-eminent awards in the news media industry and this year was no exception.”

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