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BBC's Robert Peston scoops awards

Robert Peston
Robert Peston has been the BBC's business editor since 2005

The BBC's business editor Robert Peston been honoured at the Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards for his reporting of the economic downturn.

He was named TV journalist of the year and also won in the specialist reporter of the year at the ceremony in London.

BBC News at Ten won news programme of the year, while BBC Two's Newsnight won an innovation award.

In 2007, Peston broke the news that Northern Rock was seeking emergency funding from the Bank of England.

Earlier this month, he told a parliamentary committee that he believed his reporting had not caused Northern Rock's collapse.

The BBC won further awards for its coverage of the banking crisis, with Peston winning scoop of the year for breaking the story of the Lloyds/HBOS merger on the BBC News Channel.

The BBC News channel also won in its category.

Channel 4's Jon Snow was named presenter of the year, while a special achievement award was given to Peter Wilkinson, the longest-serving cameraman at ITN.

Sky News and ITV West's news programme also picked up honours at the event.

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