Winners of the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2021 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.

RTS APPG: The Future of TV Journalism in an Age of Fake News and Disinformation

Our panel will discuss the impact of fake news and disinformation on TV journalism.

How can we ensure that citizens get fair, balanced and impartial news?

Broadcast TV news has been founded on these principles but in an age of fake news, partisan news channels and social media, this model appears to be under threat. How do we secure it for the future?

Steve Hewlett Memorial Lecture 2017

Steve Hewlett, the distinguished media commentator and programme maker, passed away on 20 February this year after a very public battle with cancer.  He lived his last days through memorable encounters with Eddie Mair on PM and BBC Radio Four and his cancer diary in the Observer.

His good friend Nick Robinson, BBC Radio Four Today presenter and former Political Editor for the BBC, will give the inaugural Steve Hewlett Memorial Lecture on 28 September at the University of Westminster.

Freed Al Jazeera English journalist collects RTS award

Baher Mohamed

Al Jazeera English journalist Baher Mohamed has finally been presented with his RTS Television Journalism Judges' Award in Qatar.

Mohamed, along with his colleagues Peter Greste and Mohamed Fahmy, were recognised at the RTS Television Journalism Awards in February this year.

Greste was present at the ceremony, however Mohamed and Fahmy had to watch via satellite link from Cairo due to strict bail conditions.

UWE enjoys awards night in Bristol

Entertainment and Comedy Drama award winners pose with an RTS Award

The Animation award went to Michael Blake’s film Doggerland, which the judges said “was a highly original story, which really stood out with real craft and emotion”. Skive won the Drama award as a film that was “compelling” and “brilliantly acted”.

The Entertainment and Comedy Drama category went to the “hilarious” and “sophisticated” Shmelvis, while Forgotten Fibre took home the Saving the Planet prize.

University of Plymouth hits home hat-trick

A group of people pose with an award

A record 27 entries were received from six universities and colleges in the region.

The Factual: Short Form award went to Tom Box’s Dancing Minds, which the judges admired for its “contemporary visual style.… We really got to know the young people and their concerns.”

DISC by Kian Radford and Olin Quigley Daly won the Journalism award. The judges were moved by the “heart-breaking sound bites” from contributors, which revealed a little-seen view of the picturesque town of Newquay.

AI: The New Frontier for Journalism

An RTS session considering the innovations and potential challenges of AI in journalism. We heard from organisations that are already using AI to work more efficiently and deliver more of what their audiences want, and got an understanding of what regulators are doing around the world to ensure that the technology contributes to the industry positively.

Hosted by Symeon Brown, Channel 4 News correspondent and host of AI Watch.


Widening the lens of foreign news

Yogita Limaye reporting in Afghanistan

On the first anniversary of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Sir Lenny Henry Centre for Media Diversity and ITN held an invitation-only event to ask if the war had exposed a serious lack of diversity across newsrooms and what this meant for the journalism they produced?

At the start of the war, the Los Angeles Times wrote: “In the heat of war, a number of correspondents, consciously or not, framed suffering and displacement as acceptable for Arabs, Afghans and others over there — but not here, in Europe.”