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Sky launch virtual reality app

The first version of the app, available for anyone to download for free, showcases a range of 360 videos from Sky and their partners.

Some transport viewers inside popular films, such as Suicide Squad and The Martian, while others invite viewers behind the scenes of iconic sports events such as Formula One and the Tour De France. A Sky News documentary titled Calais: The Jungle, will take viewers to the centre of the refugee crisis.

Sky has also announced two new virtual reality experiences which will become available via the app in the future.

Shortlist announced for RTS Television Journalism Awards 2016

Camera Operator Olivier Sarbil

Channel 4 News’ Matt Frei will battle it out with ITV News at Ten’s Julie Etchingham and BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire for the title of Network Presenter of the Year, while Al Jazeera English, BBC News Channel and Sky News are in the running for the News Channel of the Year Award. Matt Frei is also nominated for the Television Journalist of the Year Award alongside CNN International’s Nima Elbagir and Sky News’ Alex Crawford. Channel 4 News, BBC News at Ten and Sky News at Five are nominated for the Daily News Programme of the Year Award.

Shortlist announced for RTS Television Journalism Awards 2016

Camera Operator Olivier Sarbil

Channel 4 News’ Matt Frei will battle it out with ITV News at Ten’s Julie Etchingham and BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire for the title of Network Presenter of the Year, while Al Jazeera English, BBC News Channel and Sky News are in the running for the News Channel of the Year Award. Matt Frei is also nominated for the Television Journalist of the Year Award alongside CNN International’s Nima Elbagir and Sky News’ Alex Crawford. Channel 4 News, BBC News at Ten and Sky News at Five are nominated for the Daily News Programme of the Year Award.

The battle for news viewers

BBC News at Ten with Huw Edwards

This month, the BBC will unveil a longer version of The BBC Ten O’Clock News. The flagship bulletin will also come with enhanced production values. Even though the changes to the programme, fronted by Huw Edwards, have been under consideration for months, it will be seen as the latest round in the “battle of the bongs”, following the October relaunch of ITV’s News at Ten, with the user-friendly Tom Bradby.

180 Student Journalists Attend RTS Working in Journalism Event

Managing Editor ITV News, Robin Elias talks with journalism students at the Southern Centre’s Working in Journalism event.

The event, which was held at Highbury College, Portsmouth, discussed changing practices in journalism and also provided informal access to 15 working journalists.

Among those attending were Managing Editor of ITV News Robin Elias, London Live reporter Reya El-Salahi and the Director of News Services at Olympic Broadcasting Services, Grant Coleman.

Al Jazeera turns to Snapchat to reach new audiences

Al Jazeera English has joined the image and video sharing app Snapchat, to provide viewers with a more interactive way to watch their content. 

Snapchat launched in 2011 and now claims to have 4 billion video views per day. The platform allows users to interact with one another by sending an image or video to their contacts for five to ten seconds at a time. 

General Election 2015: did TV let the voters down?

Leaders debate 2015

Did the broadcasters’ coverage of the last general election actually determine its outcome? This was one of the key questions asked during what session chair Martha Kearney called an “inquest” into how television handled the run-up to polling day on 7 May.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg certainly thought so. He argued that there was too much of a focus on the possibility of a Labour/SNP tie-up and this “had two very big consequences. One, it had a determining factor on the outcome.