First News editor Nicky Cox has been awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her services to children.
Cox spent 13 years as editorial director of BBC Children Magazines, launching more than 50 titles, before setting up the national weekly newspaper for young people in May 2006.
First News covers news stories of particular interest to children and offers them background information.
Managing director of BBC Magazines Peter Phippen said: ‘More magazines are read by children and Nicky played a significant role in creating this phenomenon.’
Cox has also worked extensively with children’s charities, particularly ChildLine and Save the Children.
Jasmine Whitbread, chief executive of Save the Children, said: ‘She cares deeply about the children she works with and for, and takes every opportunity to break boundaries with First News.’