Sky and ITN collect most RTS Journalism Awards

ITN scooped a total of seven gongs at the Royal Television Society Journalism awards.

Sky took won four awards, with the channel's former chief, Nick Pollard, honoured with the lifetime achievement award. Sky's Dominic Waghorn found himself on stage twice — once to collect television journalist of the year and again to receive the international news prize for a report on baby-snatching in China.

Sky News also beat BBC News 24 to news channel of the year.

It was a disappointing night overall for the BBC, which scooped just three gongs.

Jeremy Paxman was beaten to presenter of the year by Channel 4's Jon Snow (pictured), but BBC East won a nations and regions award and Darren Conway took Camera Operator of the Year.

BBC's Panorama beat Channel 4's Dispatches in the home current affairs award for their expose on the bail hostel scandal. Dispatches didn't walk away empty handed and scooped the award for Innovation and Multimedia for their series of short films on the soldiers serving in Iraq, "War Torn – Stories of Separation".

The RTS first Scoop of the Year award was presented to ITN for their Charles Kenney exclusive on the ITV evening news which forced him to face the uncomfortable truth of his problem with alcohol.

The full list of winners is available on the RTS web site.

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