BBC journalism leads the pack in RTS nominations

By Caitlin Pike

BBC journalism again dominates the Royal Television Society Awards 2004 shortlist, with 26 nominations in 15 categories.

ITN has nine nominations for Channel 4 News and seven for ITV News.
Sky News has been shortlisted for two categories and both BBC News 24
and ITV News Channel are nominated in one category.

The BBC,
Channel 4 News and ITV News were all shortlisted for the home and
international news awards with a wide range of coverage.

The home
news nominations included “binge-drinking” for ITV News, Newsnight ‘s
investigation into Islamist extremists, Al-Muhajiroun and Channel 4
News’ piece on Sgt Roberts, the soldier who died in Iraq allegedly
because of a shortage of body armour.

In the international news
category Channel 4 News was shortlisted for “Inside Darfur – first
images”, which was filmed and produced by Philip Cox of Native Voice
Films. Cox won a Rory Peck award for the film in November last year.

Another
Rory Peck winner, freelance film-maker James Miller, has been
posthumously shortlisted for the RTS camera operator of the year for
his film Death in Gaza . Miller was shot dead while making the film.

Sky
News’ Julie Etchingham has been shortlisted for presenter of the year,
which is Sky’s only chance of an award other than news channel of the
year. BBC News 24 and the ITV News Channel have only been shortlisted
for the news channel of the year award.

The RTS Awards 2004 will
be held on 24 February 2005 at the London Hilton on Park Lane and will
be hosted by Sky’s Jeremy Thompson.

Full shortlist: www.rts.org.uk

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