Al-Jazeera English wins RTS News Channel of the Year
During the awards, there was a special tribute to Sunday Times correspondent, Marie Colvin, who was killed in Syria on Wednesday morning.
In addition to winning News Channel of the Year, al-Jazeera English also won the Innovative News Prize for its social media and Skype-based show, The Stream: Bahrain.
RTS judges praised al-Jazeera English’s frontline reporting of the Arab spring, the Tahrir square protests in Egypt and also for being the first on the scene to report the death of Muammar Gaddafi.
Managing Director at al-Jazeera English, Al Anstey said: “This is excellent news – and a tribute to the outstanding work of our dedicated staff who have helped to make al-Jazeera English one of the world’s leading global broadcasters.
“Al-Jazeera English has had the most incredible year: a year where people took to the streets to protest, the economic crisis unfolded across Europe, and the world witnessed the devastating impact of the tsunami in Japan. Al-Jazeera English was there to capture every moment, and it is an even greater privilege for our reporters and bureaus across the world to receive this award in recognition of our great work. We look forward to continue providing in-depth, award-winning coverage as al-Jazeera English grows in reach and popularity across the world.”
Flagship BBC1 series Panorama’s acclaimed care home investigation won three RTS TV journalism awards, including scoop of the year. BBC2′s Newsnight was a double winner, picking up programme of the year, whilst the show’s economics editor, Paul Mason, was named specialist journalist.
Sky News also fared well taking home four awards, including special correspondent Alex Crawford winning television journalist of the year for the third year in a row. Other awards for Sky News included best presenter for Anna Botting, and both the best home news coverage and the best international news coverage for its work during the UK riots and in Libya.