Sky News Picks up Five Wins at RTS Television Awards

2016 award winners
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Sky News have scooped up five awards at the Royal Television Society’s annual journalism awards last night in London, including Television Journalist of the year, Daily News Programme, International Coverage, News Channel and, most impressively of all, the prestigious Judge’s Award.

For an unprecedented 5th time, Sky News’ Alex Crawford has scooped up the Television Journalist of the Year award. It’s an award that no other journalist has won more than twice, showing just how much the Royal Television Society value her work as Special Correspondent. On accepting the award, Alex Crawford, said: “We’re living in extraordinary times. It’s a privilege to be able to report it. To be up there is an honour.”

The RTS judges praised Alex’s work: “To win the award of Journalist of the Year always requires something special and never more so than this year. For many months the news was dominated by the astonishing stories of refugees trying to reach Europe. There was outstanding reporting by many top correspondents but none matched the work of this year’s winner.”

Sky also picked up an award for the Daily News Programme of the Year, beating off incredibly strong competition from the likes of BBC News at 10 and Channel 4 News. The award was given in light of Sky’s efforts in original and compelling programming, as well as live content which the judges singled out for praise, saying that it carved out a strong and distinctive personality within a 24 hour new channel.

Their International News Coverage award came for their investigative journalism, world exclusives and incisive coverage of the Tunisia terror attack last year. The RTS judges said that “the winner of this category stood out as the best by far on one particular story. Excellent first use of eyewitness video, compelling story-telling, strong background analysis and follow-ups.”

For an incredible record breaking 10th time, Sky News was named the News Channel of the Yearm beating BBC News and Al Jazeera English. The judges commented that Sky News had “developed still further as a channel, completely professional as ever, covering news as it happened but now also breaking its own exclusive stories, offering more analysis, stand-out reporting and innovative coverage of special events.” It’s that kind of quality which has been driving countless customers to the Sky contact number to renew their contracts.
John Ryley, Head of Sky News, commented on the night’s wins: “The RTS Awards are the major ceremony in the awards calendar where we are judged by our peers and are up against the toughest competition. Winning five awards this year is a fantastic triumph and testament to our brilliant team at Sky News, for their passion, hard work, and commitment to produce multi-platform coverage, with distinction and originality.”

Also recognised was Jackie Faulkner, Sky News’ Director of News Operations, who was awarded the Judges’ Award for her outstanding contribution to the advancement of TV journalism. The RTE judges said Jackie was “the unsung heroes of our business, who makes things happen behind the scenes and without whom nothing much would happen in front.”

John Ryley commended Jackie: “For almost forty years in our industry, and at Sky from our first night of broadcast in 1989, Jackie has been a sheer force behind the scenes. She has persuaded rival broadcasters to cooperate on their coverage of wars, revolutions, royal weddings and funerals. Many of the most memorable pictures of our times have been shot as a result of Jackie’s negotiations with government spinners, palace officials and church administrators on behalf of every news organisation. She has overseen the constant technical evolution of the operations department at Sky News, driving the introduction of technology that has revolutionised live broadcast and spread well beyond Sky.”

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