The Royal Television Society Midlands Centre has announced the winners of its annual awards, which took place at The National Motorcycle Museum in Solihull.
Presented by ITV News Central's Sameena Ali Khan, the awards celebrate achievements in television, digital and broadcast production in the region.
At the awards, BBC Birmingham’s Jonathan Gibson was named Television Journalist of the Year for the second year running, while Claire Goose took home the award for Best Acting Performance for her role in BBC Birmingham drama, The Coroner. Guy Martin, best known for Channel 4’s Speed with Guy Martin, produced by North One Television, was presented with the award for Best On Screen Personality. North One also picked up an award for Travel Man: 48 hours in… which won in the Best Factual Programme category. The Best Fictional Television Programme Award went to Father Brown (BBC Birmingham).
Other winners on the night included ITV News Central which was awarded Best News Programme for the Leicester Champions’ Parade; BBC East Midlands Current Affairs which won in the Best Current Affairs Feature category for Investigating Sports Direct: An Inside Out Special; and Anita Ramdharry from Chugg Productions who was named Best New Talent for her work on children’s live action series Chico Chugg, produced for TaDaKids and which is also titled Nico Nog in Wales where it airs on S4C.
The Baird Medal, which is presented to someone from the region whose contribution to television has been of national or international importance, was this year awarded to two recipients – Birmingham-born screenwriter and director Steven Knight and actor Martin Shaw, best known for his roles in The Professionals, Judge John Deed and Inspector George Gently.
Staffordshire University students picked up a number of awards in the student categories. Andrew Pasquale Bell won for The Oval Portrait in the Animation category; Richard Binninton was awarded the Comedy & Entertainment prize for Searching for Signatures and Jack Kelly, Josh Clarke and Alex Daly scooped the award for Drama for Buses. Yue Liu from University of Derby won in the Factual category with A Girls Story and Steve George, Ryan Sibanda, Joshua LA Baggott and L.J ‘Stark’ Greenwood from University of Wolverhampton received the Short Feature prize for Si.
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