THE Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, has today issued a call for entries for the RTS Scotland Awards 2017.
The awards cover all forms of production in Scotland and aim to recognise and celebrate excellence and innovation across a range of genres and crafts.
This year sees a number of changes to the judging criteria, including the introduction of the Young Journalist of the Year Award.
This category is open to all television and video web journalists working in news, current affairs, features and sport up to the age of 30 and is presented in memory of George MacFarlane Sinclair, the former BBC Scotland news and current affairs editor.
The winner of this award will receive £1,000 prize money.
April Chamberlain, chair of Judges, RTS Scotland Awards, says: “Each year, the judges and I are faced with the pleasant task of identifying the very best of the year’s entries.
“Although it’s often a difficult process, it’s a very rewarding one and we never fail to be impressed by the breadth and quality of the entries.
“RTS Scotland is delighted to launch the Young Journalist of the Year award in memory of George McFarlane Sinclair.
“George was an inspirational journalist and his legacy to Scottish broadcast journalism is significant and considerable.
“This award honours his memory and the generosity of the £1,000 prize should help an emerging young talent today.”
The closing date for entries is Monday 13 February 2017.
All entries must have been aired on TV, distributed for non-broadcast or streamed online for the first time between January and December 2016.
The awards will be presented at theOran Mor, Glasgow on 17 May 2017.
For more information visit: https://rts.org.uk/region/scotland.
Best daytime – recognises the demands of producing high quality factual programming on daytime budgets
Best factual entertainment and features – features programmes including magazine shows, fashion, cookery, travel, property and other popular formatted programmes
Best documentary and specialist factual: history – includes documentaries and specialist factual programmes with an emphasis on history
Best documentary and specialist factual: arts – includes documentaries and specialist factual programmes with an emphasis on arts
Best documentary and specialist factual – includes documentaries and specialist factual programmes including science, natural history and the environment
Best drama – for fiction or other narrative drama, including docu-drama and online
News and current affairs:
Best news programme – for the best television news programme in Scotland. The award is intended to recognise every aspect of television news including speed of reaction to breaking news and the depth and quality of coverage
Best current affairs programme – for documentary and discussion programmes which investigate, explain or analyse current events
Best sports programme – recognises production and editorial values in sports programming – either event coverage/live or recorded, strand or individual programme
Best comedy – for a wide range of comedy programmes whose common aim is to make the audience laugh. This could include panel shows, chat shows, game shows, situation comedies, comedy dramas and sketch shows
Best children’s programme – includes children’s drama, comedy, factual, entertainment and animation programmes
Best short form content – recognises excellence in the production of short form television content and the specialist skills required therein
Best animation and VFX – recognises professional excellence in the field of animation and visual effects
Student Television Award – Student Television Awards are made in February in the following categories; animation, entertainment, factual and fiction. An overall winner will be chosen
These categories celebrate professional excellence:
On-screen personality of the year – open to all television and video screen talent working across any and every genre and format
Young journalist of the year, presented in memory of George MacFarlane Sinclair – open to all television and video web journalists working in news, current affairs, features and sport up to the age of 30
Television director of the year – open to all television and video directors working across any and every genre and format
Professional excellence (craft):
Best camera – for professional excellence in all elements of camera work, including sound capture where relevant in single camera operations
Best sound – recognises professional excellence in sound across all television output
Best post-production: editing – recognises professional excellence in post-production
Best post-production: graphics and titling – recognises professional excellence in post-production and is open to all aspects of graphics and titling
Best innovation award
This award is designed to celebrate the use of technology in an expanding and changing world reaching out to new communities of users and new, often interactive, ways of communicating using video and text. It is about the use of technology in the production process and the award honours the best in second screen, multi-screen, interactive, online and connected TV content, mobile content and games.
The RTS Scotland Award
The industry award is for the outstanding contribution to television in Scotland. Nominations are not required and the decision will be ratified by the RTS Scotland committee.
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