Channel 4′s one-off crime documentary Interview with a Murderer and ITV’s Exposure: Saudi Arabia Uncovered were among the top winners at the Royal Television Society’s Television Journalism Awards in London last night (March 1).
The awards, for both news and current affairs, seek to recognize creative and excellent journalism by organisations whose broadcasts are transmitted on a UK-based platform, and those who create online video content from a UK production base, according to the RTS.
ITN Productions and Monster Films’ Interview with a Murderer (pictured), which features criminologist professor David Wilson conducting a series of interviews with convicted murderer Bert Spencer, received the Current Affairs Home Award.
Hardcash Productions’ Exposure: Saudi Arabia Uncovered, meanwhile, picked up the Current Affairs International Award. The documentary investigated the hidden reality inside one of the world’s most secretive and strict Islamic regimes.
Elsewhere, Syrian filmmaker Waad al-Kateab, who was granted a visa by the Foreign Office to travel from Syria, worked with Hoodwink Productions on The Last Flower Seller of Aleppo, which was produced for Channel 4 News and was feted with the Independent Award.
Finally, the Judges’ Award was given posthumously to broadcaster Steve Hewlett, who passed away last month following a battle of cancer.
RTS Awards chair Stewart Purvis also announced the launch of the Steve Hewlett Scholarship, an initiative by the RTS and The Media Society to be presented each year to one recipient from a lower income family studying an undergraduate broadcast journalism course in the UK.
The awards ceremony, hosted by Al Jazeera English’s Barbara Serra, took place on Wednesday (March 1) at the London Hilton.
Check out the full list of winners via the RTS website.