Thursday, February 18, 2016

CNN International, Sky News both win big with great television journalism rewarded at the Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Awards 2016.

South Africa doesn't have anything like it (and would so greatly benefit from something similar) but the United Kingdom has the Royal Television Society - and besides that they do the annual RTS Television Journalism Awards to rewards the best TV journalism.

Well, the RTS Television Journalism Awards 2016 just took place and several of the winners have bearing (hence this story) on the South African and African audience, since the work they've won for are seen and have been seen on TV news channels available here.

Sky News (DStv 402) won 5 RTS Television Journalism Awards, and CNN International (DStv 401) won two at yesterday evening's awards in London.

Sky News' brilliant Alex Crawford who covers Africa from Johannesburg won as the Television Journalist of the Year - the 5th time in a row!

Sky News won as News Channel of the Year (for the second year in a row).

Sky News's director of operations Jackie Faulkner also won the Judges' Award recognising her "outstanding contribution to the advancement of television journalism".

Sky News at Five won in the Daily News Programme of the Year category.

Sky News' coverage of 2015's terror attack in Tunisia won the News Coverage - International award.

CNN International's brilliant Nima Elbagir won in the category for Specialist Journalist of the Year.

CNN International also won for Best Breaking News coverage for its coverage of the Paris Attacks.

NewsNight seen on BBC World News (DStv 400 / StarSat 256) won in the Scoopof the Year category.

Julie Etchingham won as Network Presenter of the Year. She works at ITV and was the moderator for the ITV Election 2015 Leaders debate - which (thanks for how small the world is becoming!) was also seen in South Africa.