Jeremy Paxman has been named presenter of the year at the Royal Television Society's awards for journalism.
The judges said they were impressed with the Newsnight presenter's "compelling" interviewing style.
The BBC won eight awards, including a judges' award for its former Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston, who was held hostage last year.
Channel 4 and Sky News teams won three awards each at the London ceremony, while ITV programmes won two awards.
Veteran newsreader John Suchet collected the lifetime achievement award at the ceremony, hosted by Julie Etchingham of ITV's News at Ten.
The brother of actor David Suchet, he started his career with Reuters in 1968, covering the Paris riots. He joined ITN in 1972, and retired from its ITV news team in 2004. Suchet returned to the screen two years later, with Five News.
BBC business correspondent Robert Peston was awarded scoop of the year for his pursuit of Northern Rock's financial problems, while political correspondent Nick Robinson was honoured as best specialist journalist.
The Zimmers gathered at Abbey Road to record their song
The BBC also picked up a current affairs award for The Great Granny Chart Invasion, following The Zimmers - a rock band made up of senior citizens.
The judges praised its "original way of tackling an important, but often neglected issue," and said it was "funny, sensitive and brilliantly handled".
Sky News was named news channel of the year and its reporter Alex Crawford picked up the award for television journalist at the ceremony.
ITV's Evening News won news programme of the year for the second consecutive year, beating Five News and the BBC's Ten O'Clock News.
RTS JOURNALISM AWARDS: THE WINNERS
Lifetime achievement: John Suchet
Judges' award: Alan Johnston
Presenter of the year: Jeremy Paxman - Newsnight, BBC Two
Young journalist of the year: Hamish MacDonald - Al Jazeera English News Hour
Specialist journalism: Nick Robinson - BBC News
Television journalist of the year: Alex Crawford - Sky News
News programme of the year: ITV Evening News - ITN for ITV News
News channel of the year: Sky News
News - international: Iraq: Apache Company - ITN & Guardian Films for Channel 4 News
News - home: The Crevice Trial: Links To 7/7 - ITN for Channel 4 News
News event: Battle of Gaza - Reuters Television
Scoop of the year: Northern Rock - BBC News
Current affairs - home: The Great Granny Chart Invasion - Power To The People - BBC Current Affairs for BBC Two
Current affairs - international: China's Stolen Children - Dispatches Special, True Vision for Channel 4
Camera operator of the year: Darren Conway - BBC News
National regional current affairs: The Pit Bull Sting - Spotlight, BBC Northern Ireland
Nations and Regions news coverage: The Lesley Molseed Trial - Granada Reports, ITV Granada
Multimedia: The Floods BBC News / BBC Nations and Regions
Innovation: Sky.com - Sky News