Martin Bell, the BBC Television news journalist, has been awarded the
1996 IPR President’s medal.
The award, which is designed to ‘recognise individual contribution to
the PR world,’ was presented to Bell by IPR president Rosemary Brook
Brook said Bell’s coverage of the war in Bosnia had demonstrated both
professional integrity and a reputation for fair and accurate reporting.
She added: ‘This should be the goal not just of every journalist and
every PR practitioner, but of everyone who has a professional
Bell joined the BBC in 1962 as a trainee news reporter. In 1964 he
moved to London as a general reporter, before becoming a TV reporter in
1965. He received an OBE in the 1992 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for
services for television news.
Past recipients of the President’s medal who, according to the IPR, were
seen to raise the profile of public relations include Richard Branson,
Sir Robert Scott and Jennifer Saunders.