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Tuesday, 18 April, 2000, 22:11 GMT 23:11 UK
Top TV scoops rewarded
Lawrence suspects
The interview of the men suspected of Stephen Lawrence's murder caused controversy
The best in television journalism has been recognised at a major awards ceremony in London.

Martin Bashir's interview of the men suspected of the Stephen Lawrence murder was given the Programme of the Year accolade at the Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Awards.

Martin Bashir
Martin Bashir: Judges said his interview was the one every journalist wanted
"It was a programme that created huge controversy, big headlines and undoubted public fascination," the judges said of Prime Suspects, an edition of ITV's Tonight with Trevor McDonald.

"It was the story that every other journalist wanted."

BBC News 24's Tim Sebastian, presenter of Hardtalk, was named Interviewer of the Year.

Veteran BBC foreign correspondent John Simpson was named Television Journalist of the Year for his coverage of the Kosovo conflict from bomb-ravaged Belgrade.

Coveted award

The judges praised his "extraordinary skills in reporting from the heart of a country at war".

Former ITN political editor Michael Brunson, who has just been replaced by ex-BBC reporter John Sergeant, won the coveted Judges' Award in recognition of his career achievements.

He was praised by the judges for "getting it first and getting it right".

Sky News received the News Event title for its live coverage of Kosovo Liberation Day.

Channel 4 News was praised for its coverage of the Paddington rail crash and London News Network took an accolade for its reporting of the Soho pub bombing.

The Current Affairs (Home) Award went to another programme about the Stephen Lawrence murder, BBC News' Black Britain Special - Why Stephen?

BBC's Newsround's Matthew Price picked up the Young Journalist of the Year award and the Specialist Journalist prize went to Susan Watts, of BBC News.

The awards were hosted by London Tonight presenter Alistair Stewart at the London Hilton Hotel.

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