As one of its founding objectives, The Clarity Alliance pledged to recognise those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the UK hi-fi industry. The second such award, following the Honorary Fellowship of John Dawson in 2014, was awarded to the well-respected journalist, editor and all round good guy, Paul Messenger.
Paul Messenger began his career in hi-fi after studying at Sussex University. His early fascination with audio soon saw him working for Spencer Hughes at Spendor on the production line of the original BC1 loudspeakers. He quickly showed an aptitude for writing and became a junior editor on Hi-Fi News magazine in the mid 1970s.
After a short period as publisher of the magazine he moved to Hi-Fi Choice and worked for Felix Dennis as the editor, also writing some whole issues of the popular A5 size Hi-Fi Choice magazines. His move to the position of editor of HIFICRITIC magazine eight years ago was driven by a belief in the importance of an independent editorial stance.