The man who founded the BBC news website has dedicated his OBE, for services to broadcasting, to the staff.
Mike Smartt spent 31 years at the BBC
Mike Smartt, 55, supervised the launch of BBC News Interactive, as it is now known, in 1997.
As editor-in-chief, he led its development into one of the world's most popular sources of news, before standing down last year.
He said: "I'm very proud and delighted. This is a reflection of the huge achievement of the team who got News Interactive up and running, especially in the early difficult days.
"It's a great team, full of talented people, some of whom came from more traditional media such as television or print.
"But they wanted to get involved because they could see the potential of this new platform to provide news. Not everyone in the BBC could see that."
One of the doubters in the early days was his friend, World Affairs Editor John Simpson, who wished him luck but said it sounded "quite nerdy".
He has since become a frequent contributor to the site, and acknowledges it is now a significant part of the BBC's output.
Mr Smartt was already a respected BBC television correspondent for 20 years when he was handed the task of looking at the possibility of people accessing news online.
He claims he was picked by his boss, Richard Sambrook, because he had used a laptop on the road in the late 1980s.
"They thought I knew what I was doing, but I think I only knew a little bit more than anyone else."
Mr Sambrook, now BBC Director of News, said: "I'm delighted that Mike's contribution to online journalism has been recognised in this way.
"The BBC News website is a world class site thanks in large part to Mike's vision and tireless energy."
Mr Smartt paid tribute to the team who helped to set up the website, with particular mention to project director Bob Eggington, managing editor Dave Brewer, technical director Matt Karas, world editor Nic Newman and head of graphics Matt Jones.
He said: "Technically, it was touch-and-go when we launched, but the technical team was absolutely brilliant to make sure it was running 24 hours a day. Even when there were problems updating the site, it was never down."
Within six months, it was the most popular content website outside the US and the rate of its growth took him by surprise.
Although he notes 9/11 as a turning point for the BBC website, it is the breadth of its news that makes him most proud.
"It's like a huge international newspaper with all the best bits of radio and television as well. You get everything."