A huge congratulations to Moira Stuart and Martin Lewis who will each receive a CBE, the highest ranking Order of the British Empire award, for their substantial contributions to broadcasting. Very well deserved to both!
Moira said: "I'm so moved and lifted by this recognition of my work because over the years, since my first Radio 4 News Bulletin in 1978 through to my last BBC News summary in 2018, I've been committed to public service broadcasting which gave me the chance to shift barriers, open doors, and change so many stagnant stereotypes. No it hasn't been easy, but this magnificent honour means so much to me, and I shall cherish it always."
Martin said: I was genuinely very surprised. I knew some people had nominated me but it was way past the time when you’re supposed to receive a letter. I then found out they had sent the letter to an old address and when I hadn’t responded they got in touch, so I was properly gobsmacked. The timing of this is pertinent and I’m not surprised because it’s been a difficult couple of years for everyone.”