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Sky wins news channel of the year at the RTS awards

Juile Etchingham
Presenter of the year, Julie Etchingham formerly fronted Newsround

Sky News is celebrating after the Royal Television Society named it this year's news channel of the year.

Sky's Alex Crawford was honoured as TV journalist of the year for her work on Afghanistan and the Mumbai attacks.

For the second year in a row, BBC's News at Ten was named news programme of the year, while ITV's Julie Etchingham was named presenter of the year.

BBC picked up seven awards in total, including a special accolade for Panorama journalist Paul Kenyon.

Kenyon was cited for his "dogged coverage of African migration".

"Our winner has given a voice to people who don't usually get heard, and created human, engaging, compelling television in the process," judges said.

'Truly moving'

In a strong night for Panorama, Tamanna Rahman was named young journalist of the year for helping to produce "some of the most gripping television of the year".

The show also picked up the domestic current affairs award for the "agenda-setting" What Happened to Baby P?

Sky's special news report Pakistan: Terrror's Frontline won the international news coverage award, with judges citing the "brave, exclusive and thoughtful" reporting.

Its Fallen Heroes programme won the innovative news award as "a model for the future" of news.

"Combining high production values with users' own content, it provided a Remembrance Day tribute that was truly moving."

Etchingham was described as "strong and professional with range and authority, an extraordinary journalist with real star quality". The channel picked up one other award for the Meridian Tonight special, Justice For Hannah.

Channel 4 won three awards, including one for domestic news coverage for ITN coverage of the G20 Policing.

The judges chose to bestow a special award on those news teams working in Gaza - "a group of people who risked their lives to ensure that the world could witness a war that would otherwise have unfolded largely in secret".

A special achievement award was given to newspaper journalist Peter McHugh.

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