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News technical teams honoured by Royal Television Society

"They kept journalism on the air," said one of the judges for this year's RTS Journalism Awards

The technical teams that kept news on air during the the pandemic and lockdown have been honoured as part of the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2021.

The RTS announced its Judge’s Award was won by “technical teams”.

In the citation, the RTS judges said: “The pandemic and lockdown forced the industry to devise new ways of content gathering, and in the frontline were hundreds of colleagues – the technical and engineering teams – whose contributions are rarely recognised in these awards.

“They not only had to innovate at speed, often they were the only people who routinely had to go to work despite the personal risks.” According to the RTS, one juror said, “they kept journalism on the air.”

As part of the annual awards, Sky News’s John Ryley was named the Outstanding Contribution winner, while Channel 4 News won this year’s News Technology award.

The full list of winners can be found on the RTS’ website.