RTS Television Journalism Awards 2021

Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, 24 February, 2021


The winners of the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2021 have been announced.


The virtual celebrations were hosted by Mishal Husain, Presenter, BBC Radio 4 and BBC News at Ten.

This year, the ‘Judges’ Award’ was given to all the technical teams in recognition of the ingenuity, innovation and speed they demonstrated this year to keep journalism on the air.

In individual awards, the BBC led the way, taking home nine wins across the 19 categories including ‘Scoop of the Year’ for BBC Breakfast’s Free School Meals, as well as ‘Interview of the Year’ for The Andrew Marr Show’s interview with the Chinese Ambassador, which the jury described as “a masterclass in technique, gutsy and went for the jugular”. ITV News at Ten took home the 'Daily News Programme of the Year' award, and ‘Television Journalist of the Year’ was awarded to Clive Myrie, BBC News, as well as ‘Network Presenter of the Year’ for his versatile, measured and compelling style. 

Sky News garnered five awards this evening, receiving ‘News Channel of the Year’, as well as John Ryley being recognised with the prestigious ‘Outstanding Contribution Award’ for his impressive 30-year career, working for many of the UK’s major broadcasters throughout his tenure and effecting genuine change in the industry.

Chair of the Awards, Simon Bucks, said: “This has been an incredibly challenging year for all journalists and news organisations. Despite the difficulties of covering the Covid-19 pandemic, all the broadcasters who enter these awards have distinguished themselves with some remarkable coverage and every one of the nominees would have been a worthy winner.  Moreover, many of them were not about the Coronavirus, but a range of other important stories which in any normal year would have dominated the agenda. I congratulate them all.”

“I am also immensely proud that despite all the constraints the RTS has managed to run the Television Journalism Awards so successfully.”

See the programme for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2021 here

Watch the awards below.

See the full list of winners below.




Breaking News: Beirut Blast

Production Company: Al Jazeera English
Coronavirus - Boris Johnson rushed to hospital
London Bridge Attack

Camera Operator of the Year: David McIlveen

Production Company: BBC News at Ten
Broadcaster: BBC News for BBC One
Dan Morgan
Natalie Thomas

Current Affairs – Home: Panorama - The Forgotten Frontline

Production Company: BBC Panorama for BBC
Hunting the People Smugglers (Exposure)
In Cold Blood (Exposure)

Current Affairs – International: The Schools that Chain Boys

Title: BBC News Arabic
Production Company: BBC News Arabic for BBC iPlayer
Into the Red Zone
This World - Italy's Frontline: A Doctor's Diary

Daily News Programme of the Year: ITV News at Ten

Production Company: ITN/ITV News for ITV
BBC Breakfast
BBC News at Ten

Digital Award: Need To Know - 2019 UK General Election Series

Title: Seth Goolnik & Warren Nettleford
Production Company: ntk.network
Being Black At Cambridge
Go There - Fear and anxiety in the epicenter of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak

Interview of the Year: Andrew Marr and the Chinese Ambassador - The Andrew Marr Show

Production Company: BBC News for BBC One
Channel 4 News - Ciaran Jenkins / Michael Gove
CNN Tonight - Sara Sidner Interviews Minneapolis Police Chief with Floyd Family Live

Nations and Regions Current Affairs: Unequal Force? A BBC London Special

Production Company: BBC London for BBC One
Disclosure: Scotland's Lockdown
Spotlight - The Killings of the Three Scottish Soldiers

Nations and Regions News: Coronavirus in London: Who’s hit the hardest?

Production Company: BBC London for BBC One
ITV News Calendar - Jack Charlton Tribute
ITV News West Country - The toppling of Colston

Nations and Regions Presenter of the Year: Hannah Miller

Title: Granada Reports
Production Company: ITV News Granada for ITV
Riz Lateef
Charlene White - ITV News London

Network Presenter of the Year: Clive Myrie

Title: BBC News at 10; BBC News at One
Production Company: BBC News Channel BBC News for BBC One and BBC News Channel
John King
Victoria Derbyshire

News Channel of the Year: Sky News

BBC News Channel
CNN International

News Coverage – Home: Covid UK

Production Company: Sky News
Covid and the care home crisis
The Tavistock's Gender Identity Development Service - Newsnight

News Coverage - International: A Warning from Italy

Production Company: Sky News
The Death of George Floyd
Beirut Explosion - ITV News

News Technology: The Trump data leak

Title: Channel 4 News
Production Company: ITN for Channel 4
BBC News Online: What Covid-19 means for you
Sky News Remote: Life after Lockdown

Television Journalist of the Year: Clive Myrie

Production Company: BBC News for BBC News Channel
Alex Crawford
Robert Moore - ITV News

Young Talent of the Year: Renata Brito

Title: Video Journalist
Production Company: The Associated Press
Rianna Croxford
Fadi Al Halabi

Scoop of the Year: Free School Meals

Production Company: BBC Breakfast for BBC One
Abuse in British Gymnastics
Inside Italy's Red Zone

Specialist Journalist of the Year: Nick Martin

Production Company: Sky News
Gary Gibbon
Victoria Macdonald

Judges' Award: Technical Teams


“The pandemic and lockdown forced the industry to devise new ways of content gathering, and in the frontline were hundreds of colleagues – the technical and engineering teams - whose contributions are rarely recognised in these awards. They not only had to innovate at speed, often they were the only people who routinely had to go to work despite the personal risks. As one juror said pithily “they kept journalism on the air.””

Outstanding Contribution: John Ryley

Title: Sky News

“The Outstanding Contribution award goes to a journalist who really has done what it says on the tin – effected genuine change in our business. I have witnessed it first-hand over 30 years. He has worked for all three of the major UK broadcasters. His style is innovative, idiosyncratic.
His integrity, influence and authority, colossal.”