Media release: RTS opens entries for Programme Awards

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THE Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s leading forum for television and related media, has today issued a call for entries for the RTS Programme Awards 2018, which are once again sponsored by Audio Network.

The RTS Programme Awards 2018 in partnership with Audio Network seek to recognise programmes which have made a material and positive contribution to their genre through originality, creative risk-taking or due to their standard-setting quality.

This year, Wayne Garvie, president of International Production at Sony Pictures Television, will take over from Alex Mahon as chair of the awards.

He said: “The RTS Programme Awards are an important showcase of the extraordinary talent evident across the UK’s television industry and the award categories are designed to reflect the changing nature of our industry, new forms and genres of programme and different patterns of consumption and distribution.

“We ask all organisations to show awareness in their selection of entries of the need for recognising diversity in our industry and in our wider community. I’d also stress that entries created primarily for online streaming and delivery are very welcome – not solely content created for broadcast.”

The closing date for entries is Friday 8 December 2017.

All entries must be submitted using the RTS online awards entry system and programmes entered should have been first transmitted between the period 1 November 2016 and 31 October 2017.

The nominations will be announced at a breakfast reception on Friday 9 March 2018. The awards will be presented on Tuesday 20 March 2018 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

For more information visit: ds/programme-awards.

​The award categories are:


Single drama – recognises dramas transmitted as a single piece.

Drama series – recognises a returning drama series.

Mini-series – recognises singl e-run drama series that are not intended to return.

Soap and continuing drama – recognises half hour or hour long multi-unit entities running throughout the year with one or more episode per week.

Writer – drama – recognises writers of original drama and adaptation.


Scripted comedy – recognises situation comedies, comedy dramas and sketch shows.

Entertainment – recognises both single programmes and series.

Writer – comedy – recognises comedy writers on both one-off shows and series.


Actor (female) – recognises performance by a female actor.

Actor (male) – recognises performance by a male actor.

Entertainment performance – recognises hosts , comperes and panellists performing as themselves in a pure entertainment format.

Comedy performance – recognises actor s/performers in sitcom, comedy drama and sketch shows.


Presenter – recognises present ers only, not performers in an entertainment show.


Recognises the emergence of a significant new talent in UK production. It may be a performer, writer, director or producer.


History – recognises series and single programmes within the History genre.

Science and natural history – recognises series and single programmes within the Science & Natural History genre.

Arts – recognises series and single programmes within the Arts genre.

Single documentary – recognises progr ammes conceived as a single documentary or as a one-off programme that is part of a documentary strand.

Documentary series – recognises a general documentary series which usually has a continuous narrative or is linked by a central theme.

Formatted popular factual – recognises originali ty and innovation in developing and delivering popular factual content aimed at the widest possible audience.

Daytime programme – recognises programmes running from 6.00am to 7.00pm.


Children’s programme – recognises series and single children’s factual, entertainment, animation, drama and comedy programmes.


Live event – recognises coverage of a live event. The focus for this award will be on the commentary, pictures and sound, what was shown or not shown, editing, packaging and presentation. Excludes coverage of live sport.


Sports programme – recognises product ion and editorial values in live OB and actuality sports programming – event coverage/live or recorded, strand or individual programme.

Sports presenter, commentator or pundit – recognises the best work by a sports presenter or pundit/analyst either on location or in the studio, or a sports commentator on location.


This award recognises an outstanding performance by a single channel based in the UK during the award year. The channel may be delivered on any or many platforms, be in linear or VOD in form, and be free-to-air, subscription or pay-per-view.


This award is presented in recognition of an outstanding contribution to the UK’s television and media industry (excluding television journalism). This award is given at the discretion of the judges and cannot be entered by broadcasters, although suggestions would be welcome.


This award recognises an outstanding broadcaster for an on-screen or off-screen achievement over a number of years. This award is given at the discretion of the judges and cannot be entered by broadcasters, although suggestions would be welcome.

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