ITV’s Jimmy Savile doc picks up two RTS awards

Investigative docs Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile and The World: Inside the Meltdown were among the winners at Royal Television Society's Television Journalism Awards in London. (Pictured: Jimmy Savile)
February 21, 2013

ITV’s investigative documentary that exposed the sexual abuse allegations against late TV personality Jimmy Savile (pictured) won two awards at the Royal Television Society’s Television Journalism Awards in London last night (February 20).

The ITV Studios-produced doc Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, which sparked a landmark police investigation, nabbed awards for best domestic current affairs program and scoop of the year, while ITN won an award for overall news coverage of the ongoing scandal.

“This was an outstandingly strong field of really well made, impactful current affairs films,” said the RTS in a statement. “[The winner] broke one of the most important stories of the year – which even now shows few signs of receding from public view and which others had shied away from running.”

The awards, which were hosted by Sky News anchor Jeremy Thompson, celebrate creative excellence in British journalism and current affairs.

Quicksilver Media and Mongoose Pictures picked up the award for best international current affairs program for the BBC2 program, The World: Inside the Meltdown. The Dan Edge-directed documentary examines the 2011 meltdown of Japanese nuclear power plant Fukushima and the political crisis that grew out of the disaster.

“In a year which saw more than its share of conflict around the world and much courageous and commended¬† reporting from the front line, this compelling¬† epic tale stood out for the judges,” the RTS said in a statement. “The courage on display here came from the program’s contributors. The story started with a natural disaster that in itself grabbed the world’s headlines, and then nearly turned into a global catastrophe.”

Check out the full list of winners via the RTS’ website.

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