Television Journalism Awards

Television Journalism Awards 2017

The awards recognise creative and excellent journalism for both news and current affairs. 

The awards, which are given out in a glittering ceremony at the London Hilton on Park Lane, include categories for Television Journalist of the Year, Scoop of the Year, Network Presenter and Young Talent.

Booking is now open for the black tie ceremony, which includes a three course meal ahead of the presentation. 

Winners of the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2017 announced

RTS Awards

Channel 4 News took home a raft of awards including Daily News Programme of the Year and Television Journalist of the Year, which was awarded to Matt Frei

Syrian film-maker Waad al-Kateab was at the ceremony having been granted a visa by the Foreign Office to travel here after leaving Syria. She received the Young Talent of the Year Award and was also awarded the prize for Camera Operator of the Year – the first time this award has been won by a female.

Meet the nominees: BBC Look North's Harry Gration

“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.”

Meet the nominees: ITV Calendar's Duncan Wood

“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.”

Meet the nominees: BBC Look East's Stewart White

Stewart White is a regular at the RTS Television Journalism Awards having won the Regional Presenter of the Year in 2013, 2014 and 2016.

He is nominated once again for his work presenting BBC Look East. “It’s nice that the viewers who watch Look East know that it’s a well-regarded programme” he reflects.

The key to the success of the programme, he believes, is knowing the audience. “We cover stories which really matter to people who live in the region.”