The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain’s forum for television and related media, has launched the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2014-2015. The awards, for news and current affairs, seek to recognise creative and excellent journalism by organisations whose broadcasts are transmitted on a UK based platform and, for the first time, those who create online video content from a UK production base.
Following a review, and extensive discussions with the news organisations, this year will see a number of changes to the awards criteria, including the introduction of two new categories, Breaking News – which recognises the speed with which news organisations can react to unexpected events – and Interview of the Year.
Stewart Purvis, professor of television journalism, City University and chair of the Awards said: “Significant changes have been made in many of the RTS Television Journalism Awards categories this year and extra opportunities have been opened up for newer news organisations and independent producers – for example in the Current Affairs categories, an extra entry has been granted to all broadcasters provided that extra entry is an independent production.”
All entries must be submitted using the RTS Online Awards Entry System and must have been first transmitted on any platform in the UK or been made available through a website between 16 November 2014 and 15 November 2015. The closing date for entries is 4 December 2015.
The Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday 17 February 2016 at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
Pictured: Peter Greste, winner of the 2013-2014 Judges Award