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BBC presenter wins award
Gerry Anderson
The Anderson In television series looked at NI people's hobbies
BBC Northern Ireland's Gerry Anderson has won the Best Regional Presenter at the Royal Television Society journalism awards.

The popular radio star was awarded for his Anderson In television series at a gala ceremony at London's Grosvenor House on Tuesday.

The four part series was broadcast on BBC One last October.

In his own inimitable style, Gerry looked at the fascinating hobbies of Northern Ireland people in the pursuit of excellence, fame and fortune.

"In the series viewers got the chance to meet some amazing people with amazing talents who show real determination and dedication in the pursuit of their dreams in their particular fields," said the Derry broadcaster.

"It was wonderful to work on the series and an honour to win this award."

Gerry Anderson's rare wit and charm have rightly earned this recognition from the broadcast industry
Anna Carragher
BBC NI controller

BBC Northern Ireland also picked up the best regional programme award for Christine's Children.

The emotional documentary told the story of Terry Lockhart, a one-time country star who has devoted his life to saving abandoned children from destitution, prostitution and exploitation in the Philippines.

Director and producer Michael Beattie said the subject of the documentary had been inspirational.

"Terry Lockhart's life story is an inspiration, he has gone through horrendous tragedy and loss," he said.

"But he has emerged to bring life and hope out of despair. I am proud that I was able to tell his story and delighted to win the award for Best Regional Programme."

Last month, BBC Northern Ireland's investigative programme Spotlight picked up its fifth RTS best regional television current affairs programme for Spotlight: Loyalists at War.

Controller of BBC NI Anna Carragher said the awards, which brings to three the number of RTS accolades scooped by BBC Northern Ireland this year, were richly deserved.

"This has been an amazing year so far for us with now three RTS awards in quick succession, following on from Spotlight's recent success," she said.

"These awards are a tribute to the wealth of talent here in Northern Ireland.

"Christine's Children, a powerful and moving documentary, and Gerry Anderson's rare wit and charm have rightly earned this recognition from the broadcast industry."

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