About - North East and The Border

Pilgrim AwardWinner of the Tony Pilgrim Award for an outstanding contribution to the RTS

The North East & The Border Centre caters for the broadcasters, freelances and students of the North East of England and Cumbria. Most of our meetings are in the Newcastle area, but we also hold events in Teesside and Carlisle. The majority are on weekday evenings, but on occasion we ring the changes with weekend or daytime meetings. We aim to provide a mix of topics to suit everyone interested in Television in the Region, at whatever level. Click the on the Events button on the left for the latest details — visitors are always welcome.

We are currently piloting an associateship with the Tyneside Cinema, in which RTS members are eligible for ticket discounts.  For more details, contact our Hon Secretary.

Our 'Last Wednesday' monthly networking events for media professionals in the region will be restarting at the Tyneside Cinema on July 29th  — drop in between 1800 and 2100.

Our annual North East & The Border Centre Awards Dinner is now an established high point in the region's television year. The 2014 Awards were held at The Hilton Hotel, Gateshead on February 28th 2015, and you can find the results and a gallery of pictures via the Awards link on the left.  Provisional dates for the 2015 Awards Dinner are Feb 27th or March 5th 2016 — keep them free, and which it is will be confirmed later.

The Reports section includes reports from events and selected Centre meetings.

The RTS considers it essential to encourage and foster the next generation of television practitioners. The North East & The Border Centre's Young People's Media Festival is an important event in the regional calendar.

Sadly, not even the TV 'greats' (both sides of the camera) can go on forever, and from time to time we lose an old friend. Our Tributes section gives friends and colleagues a chance to say publicly just why they were great.

2014/2015 Committee

Graeme Thompson (Chairman),
Garth Jeffery (Vice Chairman), 
Jill Graham (Honorary Secretary) 
Richard Dale (Honorary Treasurer)

Graeme Aldous (Webmaster), Fahima Chowdhury, Tony Edwards, Mike Hairsine, Steve Hunneysett, Chris Jackson, Christine Llewellyn-Reeve, Joanna Makepeace, Mark Murray, John Myers, Lesley Oakden, Giselle Stewart, Agnes Wilkie.


Michaela Byrne, Deborah Card, Maggie Greenhalgh, Catherine Hearne, Jamie Hutchinson, Rupert Jones-Lee, Julie Jude, Michael Metcalfe, Will Nicholson, Sam Stamp

For information on the Royal Television Society (North East & The Border Centre), please send an e-mail to Jill Graham.

The RTS North East & The Border Centre acknowledges the continued support of our Regional Patron

Saville Audio and Visual


Tony Edwards was presented with The Tony Pilgrim Award for his services to the RTS at our 2008 Awards event.

You can keep in touch and see news and past Awards video clips on:
http://www.facebook.com/RTSNorthEastandBordersAwards or