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Thursday, 1 March, 2001, 12:24 GMT
BBC scoops news awards
Tim Sebastian
Tim Sebastian wins the interviewer of the year award for a second time
The BBC has scooped 10 awards at the Royal Television Society's annual honouring of TV news and current affairs.

BBC One's current affairs flagship programme Panorama won three awards for Who Bombed Omagh? - taking the awards for programme of the year, current affairs home award, and the television journalist of the year award for John Ware.


Winning so many awards was an outstanding achievement for BBC News

Tony Hall, director BBC News

Tim Sebastian won the interviewer of the year award for the second year running for BBC News 24's Hard Talk.

BBC Two's Correspondent won the current affairs international award for License to Kill, which highlighted the plight of women in Pakistan.

'Proud'

Peter Taylor, the programme maker behind the acclaimed Provos, Loyalists and Brits trilogy won the prestigious Judges' Award.

John Ware
John Ware and the Panorama team won three awards
Tony Hall, director of BBC News, said: "Winning so many awards was an outstanding achievement for BBC News.

"I'm particularly proud that current affairs did so well - Panorama: Who Bombed Omagh? and Peter Taylor's trilogy demonstrate first class investigative journalism and the BBC's commitment to telling the Northern Ireland Story."

He added: "I'm also delighted to see BBC News 24 continuing to pick up awards for our live coverage of events around the world and for Tim Sebastian's hard-hitting interviews, and pleased that our strength in foreign reporting both by Correspondent and on news bulletins has been recognised."

The BBC's Jacky Rowland picked up the news event award for BBC News 24's live coverage of the Belgrade revolution.

Young reporter

The BBC Nine O'Clock News won the international news award for coverage of the Zimbabwe farm invasions, while BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight won the regional current affairs award for Life and Death of an IRA Quartermaster.

Jacky Rowland
Jacky Rowland picked up an award for her coverage in Belgrade
BBC East Midlands reporter Nicola Pearson won the young journalist of the year award.

ITN's Channel 4 News won the home news award for What Caused Hatfield? and the production award.

Television technician of the year award went to Andy Rex of ITV News while ITN's Nicholas Glass won the news specialist award.

The award for regional daily news magazine went to Scotland Today.

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