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News awards celebrate Sir Trevor
Sir Trevor McDonald
Sir Trevor has worked in journalism for more than 30 years
Newsreader Sir Trevor McDonald has been honoured for his contribution to broadcasting at the Royal Television Society journalism awards.

The ITV News presenter was given the lifetime achievement award for 30 years of service to journalism which has seen him cover events around the world.

News programme of the year was given to BBC One's Ten O'Clock News, while Sky News won news channel of the year.

The BBC took 10 awards, and ITV won four. Sky and Channel 4 took one each.

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BBC One's coverage of Darfur was singled out in the news event section.

Judges said the coverage was "not only ahead of the pack but also showed sustained commitment to a difficult and previously ignored tragedy".

ITV News' reporting of the Beslan school siege won the international news category for its "sharp analysis of a big, immediate hard news story".

Home news saw BBC Two's Newsnight commended for its "lucid insight" into the fringe, radical Muslim group Al Muhajiroun.

'Bold and effective' The home current affairs prize was won by BBC One's Panorama - A Fight to the Death.

Judges called the special, on the row between the BBC and the government which led to the Hutton Report, "meticulous investigative reporting" which showed "bold and effective" techniques.

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Judges called Panorama's A Fight to the Death "bold and effective"
The presenter of the year award went to Alastair Stewart of ITN, beating Channel 4's Jon Snow and Sky News' Julie Etchingham.

The jury was "impressed by Alistair's fluency and particularly his ability to commentate with precision and depth on live pictures coming into the studio".

The television journalist of the year award went to Channel 4 News' Lindsey Hilsum, for her "impressive mix of narrative reporting and analysis".

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