Newsreader and television presenter Mary Nightingale presented the awards ceremony, which took place at the London Hilton on Park Lane.
Whoever replaced national treasure David Dimbleby as host of BBC flagship Question Time faced a daunting prospect. Having fronted the show for an age-defying 25 years, he cast a long shadow, and there was intense pressure on the corporation to pick someone who wouldn’t be overpowered by the role.
Fiona Bruce was regarded in some quarters as an unlikely choice to succeed such an iconic broadcasting heavyweight. Viewers didn’t have to wait long for her baptism of fire.
The announcement follows news that The Wright Stuff, with Matthew Wright, will be ending after 18 years on air. Vine’s new programme, from ITN Productions, will fill that space, tackling news, issues and stories from across the country over 120 minutes every morning. A new programmename is to be announced in due course.
Landing a major assignment or, as modest journalists would prefer to phrase it, getting your teeth into a powerful story, can sometimes be a mix of good fortune and the result of a sequence of random, unrelated events.
Towards the end of August 2017, my team and I were preparing to head out to Bangladesh to cover floods in the north of the country. It was not particularly unusual – sadly, Bangladesh experiences them every year. The situation was severe but certainly not the worst in its history.