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Winners of the 2021 RTS Northern Ireland Student Television Awards 2021 announced

Ulster University Belfast picked up the Animation Award for The Forlorn Piscator by Matthew McGuigan. A highly commended award also went to Antisocial Behaviour by Lyndsay Clarke and Phillip Steele from the Northern Regional College, Coleraine.

The Non-Scripted Award winner was The Rising of Jordan Adetunji by Joe Warden, Nathan Emery and Reece Williams from Ulster University. Isolation - Overcoming Adversity as a Community by Aodhan Roberts from the North West Regional College was highly commended in this category.

Steve Carson: The BBC’s new man in Glasgow

“I always wanted to work in broadcasting,” he recalled. “Probably like a lot of people [growing up) in Northern Ireland at that time, and probably still today, I didn’t see anyone who sounded like me or who lived where I lived on the television, outside the news, unfortunately talking about absolutely horrendous things.”

After graduating from Manchester University, Carson landed a job as a runner, having been rejected by BBC training schemes, and then moved, via youth and entertainment, to BBC current affairs as a producer/director on programmes including Newsnight and Panorama.

Winners of the RTS Northern Ireland Awards 2020 announced

The Coleraine-born actor, who played Catelyn Stark in the hit HBO drama, has recently appeared in Sky Atlantic’s Gangs of London and BBC Two factual drama Responsible Child.

“I feel very lucky to have been given some fantastic opportunities throughout my career and believe that my ‘outstanding contribution’ really is just that – a contribution to fantastic productions and wonderful creative teams,” said Fairley.

RTS Futures NI: Hit TV programme to binge-worthy podcast

“Focus on your audience and give them an elevated but inviting, stimulating, playful conversation,” said Lily Ames, Chalk & Blade’s head of production and culture.

Ames, a Canadian who has been based in London for the past six years, was talking at an RTS Futures NI event in late August to Conor Finn, creator and host of the Finnterviews podcast.

She described Chalk & Blade, whose clients include BBC Sounds and the Guardian, as well as brands such as Net-a-Porter, as a “boutique podcast production company”.

RTS NI announces winners of 2019 Programme Awards

 Scripted Comedy Winner - Hat Trick Productions: Derry Girls Series 2 Tara Lynne, Siobhan McSweeney, Vogue Williams, Liz Lewin, Saoirse-Monica Jackson with sponsor Sara Greenberg City Air Express.

The creator, writer and executive producer of Derry Girls Lisa McGee was awarded the coveted Brian Waddell Award for her outstanding contribution to the broadcast industry for her wonderful immortalisation of her hometown in the phenomenally successful Derry Girls. While Series 2 of Derry Girls also won the Best Scripted Comedy award for Hat Trick Productions.

RTS NI TV and film archive event

“Raiders of the lost archive” discussed the huge wealth of digital archive material available which could be used to enhance TV and film content production, as well as providing interesting material for film exhibitors, especially those working in a community setting. 

Ciara Chambers, head of film and screen media at University College Cork, gave a rundown of her work on the TG4 project to save century-old newsreels documenting the political history of Ireland.

Northern Ireland: UTV studio tour

RTS NI committee member and UTV head of news and programmes Terry Brennan and UTV operations manager Alan Mackey guided the 25 visitors around the 11,000 sq ft premises.

UTV has moved to a one-studio operation at City Quays 2 from three studios at its previous base at Havelock House, which it left at the end of June – yet the broadcaster can make the same number of in-house productions.

The new high-definition (HD) studio is used for regional news programme, UTV Life, as well as news bulletins, weather forecasts and politics shows. 

Norther Ireland Student Television Award winners revealed for 2018

The winners are:  

Ulster University, Belfast for Animation with Hunger by Matt McDyre, Scott Gill, Daniel Boyle, Hannah Loughridge and Hannah Turkington, sponsored by Performance Film and Media Insurance. Ulster University also picked up a highly commended award in this category for To The Moon by Gianni Francesco De Giuseppe, Rhea Hanlon, Phillip McDowell and Ryan Beatty.