RTS Fellowships are given to those recognised as having made an outstanding and exceptional contribution to the industry.
It was a perfect autumn day as the guests enjoyed the warm sunshine as they walked across St James’s Park.
Their destination was a celebration marking the 75th anniversary of the Royal Television Society, hosted by His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, the Society’s Patron, and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
Hewlett, who died last week, charted his battle against cancer through his columns in The Observer and in interviews with Eddie Mair on BBC Radio Four.
Now in its sixth year, the Trust is expanding its selection criteria to include those entering journalism from non-traditional routes.
“I love this business” beams Harry Gration. “I’ve been to nine Olympic Games. I’ve been all around the world to cover BBC Sport.”
Gration is one of the old campaigners, with almost 40 years of broadcasting under his belt.
“I never really envisaged that I’d end up presenting a television programme as I do every night. It happened as a dream and it has turned into a reality.”
The RTS award win is Gration’s second in the category, having won first in 2015. “It’s beyond expectation to be honest. You tend to get these once in a lifetime.”
“I’d been at my dad’s paper since I could walk,” ITV Calendar’s Duncan Wood recalls. “I was smelling the ink, seeing the presses rolling…”
It’s a nostalgic image, and one that drove Wood into journalism.
After flunking both his O-Levels and A-Levels, he got a job at his dad’s paper, the Sunderland Echo.
“My dad hated journalists,” he laughs. “He went from office boy to Managing Director. He hated them with a passion.”