TV awards shortlisting for Scots duo

AN undercover BBC Panorama investigation carried out by Scots foreign correspondent, Dan McDougall, has been nominated for a prestigious Royal Television Society Award.

Primark: On the Rack – presented by Tom Heap and produced by Matthew Chapman – attracted record viewings for the BBC investigative journalism flagship last year, after it was parachuted into the schedule as an One Hour Special last July.

In the current affairs (home) category of the RTS Awards, it is up against another Panorama programme, Omagh: What The Police Were Never Told, plus another BBC documentary: The Secret Peacemaker.

Last year, McDougall, a foreign writer with The Observer and a former Scotsman and Daily Record journalist, was shortlisted in the British Foreign Correspondent of the Year category at the UK Press Gazette Awards and the Paul Foot Award for investigative journalism.

Meanwhile, ITN’S Africa correspondent, Martin Geisler, a former stv journalist, is also shortlisted in the RTS Awards – in the Television Journalist of the Year category.

The RTS Television Journalism Awards were founded in 1978 and seek to recognise creative and excellent journalism by organisations whose broadcasts are received in the UK and by the agencies which supply UK news broadcasters.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place in London a fortnight tomorrow.