Sky News, News Channel of the Year
The Royal Television Society (RTS) has announced the winners for the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2022, that took place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, hosted by journalist and presenter Cathy Newman. ITV scored the highest award count of the night, taking home nine wins across the 19 competitive categories including Breaking News, Scoop of the Year and News Coverage – International for ITV News’ "Storming the Capitol", as well as Good Morning Britain’s Noel Phillips being crowned Young Talent of the Year, and Robert Moore taking home Network Journalist of the Year.
Sky and BBC followed, both garnering three wins with Camera Operator of the Year for RTS bursary alum Dean Massey for Sky News, and along with "Climate Live" for News Technology, Sky News also took home the prestigious News Channel of the Year. BBC was recognised for News Coverage – Home, Network Interview of the Year for "Dominic Cummings – The Interview" for BBC News and BBC Scotland’s ‘Disclosure’ for Nations and Regions Current Affairs.
Chair of the Awards, Simon Bucks, said: “The quality of the entries this year has been exceptional. If we needed evidence of the importance of public service journalism, it’s been abundant during the past 12 months. The RTS Television Journalism Awards celebrate it, but we must also promote it and defend it. It is more vital than ever to report an uncertain world, to speak truth to power and hold those who govern to account.”
The prestigious RTS Special Award was presented to the news media community in Afghanistan in recognition of those professionals who have supported major global news outlets for decades and now under the Taliban many have lost their jobs, have been forced to flee the country and some killed in the line of duty. The second award, given at the discretion of the RTS is the Outstanding Contribution Award, which this year went to Samir Shah CBE for his glittering 40-year career heading up many of the most successful current affairs programmes before launching his own production company.