BBC dominates RTS TV journalism awards

BBC dominated the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards last night, winning eight awards including scoop of the year.

BBC News won scoop of the year for its exclusive on the meltdown of Northern Rock by business editor Robert Peston. The judges said the scoop became a major news story of the year that was still making the headlines. They said: ‘This exclusive was not the result of some authorised leak but come from one journalist following a hunch that something was up and tracking down the truth through contacts and commitment.”

BBC Newsnight’s Jeremy Paxman won the presenter award, BBC political correspondent Nick Robinson won the specialist journalist prize and World Service journalist Alan Johnston received the judges award for ‘extraordinary broadcast journalism”.

The corporation also took home gongs for current affairs in the nations & regions and home categories. Northern Ireland’s Spotlight programme won the N&R award for its illegal pitbull fighting sting and The Great Granny Chart Invasion – Power To The People on BBC Two won the home-based current affairs award. The BBC News and BBC N&R teams won the multimedia award for coverage of last year’s floods. Camera pperator of the year was Darren Conway for BBC News.

Other winners included Al Jazeera’s Hamish MacDonald, who won the fledging broadcaster’s first RTS award for young journalist of the year. The ITV Evening News, produced by ITN, won news programme of the Year.

Veteran news presenter John Suchet was given a lifetime achievement award in recognition of his 35-year career in broadcasting.

The awards were presented at a ceremony in the London Hilton last night, hosted by ITV News at Ten presenter, Julie Etchingham.

Full list of winners:

News – International

Iraq: Apache Company – Channel 4 News ITN & Guardian Films for Channel 4

News – Home

The Crevice Trial: Links To 7/7 – Channel 4 News ITN for Channel 4

Scoop of the Year

Northern Rock – BBC News BBC News for BBC News 24 & BBC One

Nations and Regions News Coverage

The Lesley Molseed Trial – Granada Reports ITV Granada

Nations and Regions Current Affairs

The Pit Bull Sting – Spotlight BBC Northern Ireland

Current Affairs – Home

The Great Granny Chart Invasion – Power To The People BBC Current

Current Affairs – International

China’s Stolen Children – Dispatches Special A True Vision Production for Channel 4

Innovation

Sky.com News Sky News

Presenter of the Year

Jeremy Paxman – Newsnight BBC for BBC Two

Young Journalist of the Year

Hamish MacDonald – Al Jazeera English News Hour Al Jazeera English

Multimedia

The Floods BBC News / BBC Nations and Regions

News Channel of the Year

Sky News

Specialist Journalist

Nick Robinson – BBC News BBC News for BBC One & BBC News 24

News Event

Battle of Gaza Reuters Television

Camera Operator of the Year

Darren Conway – BBC News BBC News for BBC One

Television Journalist of the Year

Alex Crawford Sky News

News Programme of the Year

ITV Evening News ITN for ITV News

Lifetime Achievement Award

John Suchet

Judges’ Award

Alan Johnston

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