BBC wins seven RTS journalism awards

The Ten o’clock News was named the news programme of the year as the BBC beat off competition from other broadcasters to scoop seven Royal Television Society annual journalism awards.

Sky News collected four awards last night including the coveted title of news channel of the year with judges praising its reporting of foreign news on a par with its traditional role as a domestic breaking news channel as it held off competition from Al Jazeera English and CNN International.

Its awards included the international news prize for its Pakistan: Terror’s Frontline reports, the innovation prize for Fallen Heroes, a broadcast and online project, and for reporter Alex Crawford, who was named television journalist of the year.

ITV News’ Julie Etchingham was named presenter of the year. ITV collected a second award as Meridian Tonight’s Justice for Hannah report won the nations and regions news coverage prize.

Channel 4 News scooped three awards at last night, including the news coverage prize for its reports on policing at last year’s G20 meeting in London, camera operator of the year and a new award to recognise coverage created by an independent producer or freelancer.

Presenting the Ten o’clock News with its award at last night’s ceremony, in London, judges praised the depth of its reporting strength both domestically and abroad.

“There was outstanding coverage from Afghanistan and Iran, a string of high-powered exclusives and impressive presentation,” judges said.

The BCC also collected the current affairs prize for Panorama’s What Happened to Baby P?, it also collected the nations and regions and international current affairs prizes alongside awards for scoop of the year, specialist journalist of the year and young journalist of the year.

The Judges’ Award went to Gaza News Teams, while Peter McHugh won the lifetime achievement award.

Full list of The Winners:

Young Journalist of the Year

Tamanna Rahman – Panorama BBC Current Affairs for BBC One

Nations and Regions Current Affairs

Inside Out South West – Vanessa George BBC South West

Nations and Regions News Coverage

Meridian Tonight (South) – Justice for Hannah ITV Meridian

News Coverage – Home

G20 Policing ITN for Channel 4 News

Current Affairs – Home

Panorama: What Happened to Baby P? BBC Current Affairs for BBC One

Current Affairs – International

This World: Gypsy Child Thieves BBC Current Affairs for BBC Two

News Coverage – International

Pakistan: Terror’s Frontline Sky News

Scoop of the Year

Release of the Lockerbie Bomber BBC Scotland

Presenter of the Year

Julie Etchingham – ITV News ITN for ITV News

Innovative News

Sky News and Skynews.com for Fallen Heroes

The Independent Award

Mehran Bozorgnia – Afghan Life Crumbles Despite Foreign Aid Channel 4 News

News Programme of the Year

BBC Ten o’clock News BBC News for BBC One

News Channel of the Year

Sky News

Specialist Journalist

Paul Kenyon – Panorama BBC Current Affairs for BBC One

Camera Operator of the Year

Dai Baker – Channel 4 News ITN for Channel 4 News

Television Journalist of the Year

Alex Crawford – Sky News

Lifetime Achievement Award

Peter McHugh

Judges’ Award

Gaza News Teams

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