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BBC leads in TV journalism awards
BBC News 24

The BBC has taken top honours in six categories at the Royal Television Society's (RTS) awards for journalism.

The BBC's haul included programme of the year for BBC Two current affairs series Israel and the Arabs, and news channel of the year for BBC News 24.

Other big winners were Channel 4 with five awards, and ITV with three prizes - including the judges' award for ITV news editor David Mannion.

ITV newsreader Mary Nightingale hosted the ceremony at London's Hilton hotel.

'Difficult jobs'

The RTS said BBC News 24 won the news channel of the year award for "providing in-depth coverage across the full breadth of stories" and the panel felt that this was the year in which News 24 "came into its own".

It was the first year Sky News had failed to win the award.

BBC head of TV News, Peter Horrocks, said: "This win is an important turning point in News 24's reputation.

"We have a decisive lead over Sky in audience reach and share and we can now confidently say that BBC News 24 is officially the UK's top news channel."

Mannion took the Judges' Award in the year that ITV closed its news channel.

The panel said Mr Mannion had "one of the most difficult jobs in the business" and praised his passion for the job.


Sky News' Jeremy Thompson was named as presenter of the year, beating the BBC's George Alagiah and David Dimbleby.

The judges said Thompson "has a unique ability to capture the moment, to know which tiny little things really matter and - crucially - he knows when to shut up and let the pictures do the talking".

Channel 4 News' Jon Snow was named journalist of the year and judges praised in particular his reports about Hurricane Katrina and his bringing to light of the British Attorney General's advice on the Iraq war.

And Channel 4's Faisal Islam was praised for his "consistency, refreshing style, and excellent delivery" in winning the young journalist of the year award.

Other winners included ITV Evening News for news programme of the year, the international current affairs award for BBC Two's Children of Beslan, and Sky's Message Home Ticker for innovation.

The lifetime achievement award went to the founding editor of Newsnight, George Carey.

News programmes on Channel 4 and ITV are produced by independent news organisation ITN.

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