Friday, January 29, 2016

Recognition factor

The modern, competitive BBC News will be mulling over the Royal Television Society Journalism award nominations this morning.

James Harding cares about gongs, and has driven a change in the judging system. Last year, BBC News' myriad elements collected 6 gongs (plus one for an indie commissioned by Panorama). This year, they have 20 nominations heading to the ceremony on 17th February.

The News Channel, again currently feeling unloved, has done well - nominated in the new "Breaking News" category for the Paris attacks, and up against CNN and AP for the same story. The excellent and terrifying Our World: The Killing of Farkhunda also gets the News Channel a chance of a prize, in International Current Affairs. Victoria Derbyshire is nominated for Network Presenter of the Year, with her show on both the News Channel and BBC2, and one of her programme reporters, Benjamin Zand is nominated as Young Talent. Jeremy Bowen's session with President Assad on the News Channel is up for Interview of the Year. And, happily, the News Channel is also nominated in the News Channel of the Year, against Sky News and Al Jazeera English.

The "exclusive" monsters of Newsgathering will be pleased to get The Unmasking of Jihadi John up for Scoop of The Year, up against Newsnight's Kids Company coverage and BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight. But they'll be less happy at getting no nominations for Home Coverage, International Coverage and Television Journalist of the Year - commiserations to those who spent hours stitching entries together.  James Harding's persuading of Carrie Gracie back to China results in a nomination as Specialist Journalist

Huw Edwards and the Ten team will be delighted to be in the running for Daily News Programme of the Year, against Channel 4 News and Sky at Five. Panorama's home grown Bank of Tax Cheats with Richard Bilton is up for Current Affairs Home.

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