Media Release: Royal Television Society opens Television Journalism Awards 2017

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THE Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, has launched the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2017.

The awards, for both news and current affairs, seek to recognise creative and excellent journalism by organisations whose broadcasts are transmitted on a UK based platform or who create online video content from a UK production base.

The 2017 ceremony will see awards given out in 19 categories including News Coverage – Home; News Coverage – International; Daily News Programme of the Year; News Channel of the Year; Breaking News; News Technology; Current Affairs – Home; Current Affairs – International; Nations and Regions News; Nations and Regions Current Affairs; Regional Presenter of the Year; Scoop of the Year; Specialist Journalist of the Year; Young Talent of the Year; Television Journalist of the Year; Camera Operator of the Year; Network Presenter of the Year; The Independent Award and Interview of the Year. In addition, the Judges’ Award is given out at the discretion of the jury.

Stewart Purvis, CBE and chair of the awards, said: “After the exceptional news events so far in 2016, and the high quality coverage by broadcasters in the UK, it is clear that the competition for the RTS Television Journalism Awards is going to be tougher than ever at the end of the year.

“The awards celebrate the hard work, dedication and extraordinary breadth of talent in news and current affairs reporting.”

All entries must be submitted using the RTS online awards entry system and must have been first transmitted on any platform in the UK or been made available through a website between 16 November 2015 and 15 November 2016.

The closing date for entries is Friday 2 December 2016.

The awards ceremony will be held on Wednesday 1 March 2017 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.

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The award categories:


News Coverage – Home recognises the best coverage of a major news story in the UK.

News Coverage – International recognises the best coverage of a major news story outside the UK.

Daily News Programme of the Year recognises the programme which has demonstrated the greatest journalistic excellence throughout the year.

News Channel of the Year recognises the news channel which has best reported the events of the year to viewers in the UK.

Breaking News recognises the expertise of news organisations in responding to an unscheduled or unexpected major news story.

News Technology recognises the way in which news organisations harness technology in an innovative way to support and enhance journalism and the delivery of news.


Current Affairs – Home recognises the best piece of current affairs journalism shot in the UK.

Current Affairs – International recognises the best piece of non UK current affairs journalism.


Nations and Regions News recognises the best coverage either of a single major news story or of a series of stories over the course of the year.

Nations and Regions Current Affairs recognises the best piece of current affairs journalism commissioned, made and first transmitted in a region.

Regional Presenter of the Year recognises the best regional news or current affairs presenter.


Scoop of the Year recognises exclusive, entrepreneurial journalism in either news or current affairs by a broadcaster or agency.

Specialist Journalist of the Year recognises high-quality specialist knowledge and expertise in thematic genres such as arts, entertainment, science, health, education, business, economics, politics and defence inside or outside the UK.

Young Talent of the Year recognises the best work in news or current affairs during the year by an on or off-screen journalist, editor, video journalist, camera operator or technician.

Television Journalist of the Year recognises the best work during the year by an on-screen television journalist in news and/or current affairs.

Camera Operator of the Year recognises the best work by a camera operator in news or current affairs.

Network Presenter of the Year recognises the best news and/or current affairs presenter whose skills may include interviewing, responding to breaking news and presenting on location as well as studio presentation.

The Independent Award recognises the best original video journalism by an independent production company which meets the Ofcom definition of a ‘qualifying independent producer’.

Interview of the Year recognises the importance of the television interview in making news and in analysing issues.

Judges’ Award

This award is presented to an individual (on or off screen) or a production team in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the advancement of television journalism either specifically in the past year or in the case of an individual, over the course of their career. This award is chosen at the discretion of the panel and entries are not requested; however, suggestions are welcome.


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