RTS Southern Centre Awards 2015/6

Awards Ceremony

Friday, 4 March, 2016

RTS Southern Centre Professional and Student Awards

Winchester Guildhall Friday March 4th 2016

Two hundred people joined presenters Sally Taylor and Fred Dinenage for the Southern Centre Annual Professional and Student Awards held at Winchester Guildhall on March 4.th They were there to celebrate the professional work of BBC South East, ITV Meridian, BBC South, eight indies and student productions from four southern universities.

Overall, the variety and standard of all the professional entries was high, making final judging decisions very difficult. ITV Meridian won Best Newcomer with Emma Wilkinson and Best VJ with Christine Alsford and Best Regional Journalist went to Emma Vardy from BBC South. Best Single Doc was close fought but won by Richochet for a sensitive production dealing with sex and fifteen year olds. Best Non-Broadcast went to Bournemouth University’s Red Balloon Productions for their video work for the Salisbury Cathedral Magna Carta Exhibition and the coveted Best Regional Magazine was won by ITV Meridian.



(with runners-up in alphabetical order)



Best Camerawork

Neil Parkes Woodcut Media
Phil Grabsky Seventh Art
Andrew Marshall BBC South East


Best Graphics

Robert Hull Woodcut Media
Anna Hamer BBC South East
Neil Whitman BBC South East


Best Post Production

Vitor Vilela Red Balloon Productions
Matt Blyth Woodcut Media
Phil Croker ITV Meridian


Best News VJ

Christine Alsford ITV Meridian
Lauren Hall ITV Meridian
Malcolm Shaw ITV Meridian


Best Feature or Strand within a News or Magazine Programme

Victoria Cook BBC South Today Oxford
Matt Price ITV Meridian
Vince Rogers BBC South East - Inside Out


Best Newcomers On-Screen

Emma Wilkinson ITV Meridian
Leanne Rinne BBC South East


Best On-Line Production

Stripped Bare Factory Films
Behind the Scenes BBC South
Shoreham Airshow ITV Meridian


Best News Magazine Programme

ITV Meridian West  
BBC South Today  
ITV Meridian East  


Best Regional TV Journalist

Emma Vardy BBC South
Sangeeta Bhabra ITV Meridian
Vince Rogers BBC South East - Inside Out


Best Factual Series

Wanted: A Very Personal Assistant

Ricochet Productions
The Special Needs Hotel Lambent Productions
Around the World in 80 Tricks Woodcut Media


Best Single Documentary or Factual Programme

Sex in Class Ricochet Productions
Giles Coram: My Failed Novel Factory Films
Welcome to the Mosque Grace Productions & Vagabond Films


Best Non-Broadcast Production

Magna Carta: Spirit of Justice Red Balloon Productions






Riflesso The Arts University Bournemouth
After School Bournemouth University
Love & Papercuts University for the Creative Arts


Comedy & Entertainment

Valentines Park University for the Creative Arts
Being Nice University for the Creative Arts
Pointless University for the Creative Arts



La Deriva Dei Continenti The Arts University Bournemouth
Claire’s Jigsaw Southampton Solent University
Inside Dubai’s Labour Camps Bournemouth University



Tehzeeb The Arts University Bournemouth
Brackish Water Bournemouth University
More Hate Than Fear The Arts University Bournemouth



Insert FILM TITLE here, I guess University for the Creative Arts
Game Play Bournemouth University
The Lives of Others University for the Creative Arts





This year there were sixty-five student entries from the South in the five categories of Drama, Factual, Animation, Entertainment and Open and the judges were deeply impressed by the inventiveness, technical prowess and high production values they displayed. For example, the winning drama Tehzeeb from Myriam Raja of Arts University Bournemouth was described as, “one of those rare projects where everything is right – production design, cinematography, acting and a mature and skilful script.” And the range of student factual nominations was impressive with productions shedding new insights into the migrant crisis and Dubai’s labour camps.

Creative employment in the South has long had a “London effect” which can draw skilled staff away to the capital but the awards entries this year have shown again that despite this, there exists a wide range of talent at work in the patch.


Gordon Cooper March 2016