Paul Kimmage, the five-time winner of the SJA’s Sports Interviewer of the Year award, is one of two contracted sports writers being cut from the staff of the Sunday Times, sportsjournalists.co.uk has learned.
Kimmage and Barcelona-based football reporter Ian Hawkey are understood to be the first sports desk casualties of the wide-ranging cuts being implemented at Wapping, following the closure in the summer of the News of the World and the mounting legal bills related to the hacking scandal being incurred by News International.
Irishman Kimmage, 49, joined the Sunday Times in 2003 from the Sunday Independent in Dublin. The former Tour de France cyclist proceeded to walk away with the SJA’s Interviewer title each year from 2004 until 2008.
As the author of Rough Ride, a hard-hitting account of doping among domestiques on the Tour de France, Kimmage won the Sports Book of the Year prize in 1990.
He is hot favourite to win it again later this month with Engage, his biography of Matt Hampson, the former England under-21 prop forward. The project began following Kimmage interviewing the wheelchair-bound sportsman for the Sunday Times, and many regard the book as the best work of the writer’s career.
Neither Kimmage nor Hawkey were available for comment.
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