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Television MagazineCover April 2014
April 2014

The clocks have sprung forward, the trees are blossoming and I’m proud and pleased to report that attendance at some of our recent events has reached record levels. Early in March, ‘Sherlock: Anatomy of a hit’, was the best-attended early-evening event ever, bar none.

A massive thank you to such a great line-up of speakers, and to all those devotees of the great detective’s most successful screen incarnation who were given fresh insight into why Sherlock is so resonant.

Our Programme Awards were also packed. Around 900 of the industry’s finest came to celebrate the very best that British television offers.

On the subject of young people the RTS is thrilled to be a partner in Sky’s new initiative to offer five Sky Academy TV Scholarships on their existing partner courses run by the National Film and Television School.

The Scholarships are to be offered to young people from economically disadvantaged backgrounds with the aim of supporting and encouraging individuals who might not otherwise have considered a career in the media.

Congratulations to Sky for a wonderful contribution to the pipeline of young talent from different backgrounds.

Our inaugural joint public lecture, ‘Prediction is very difficult, particularly about the future’, is being staged with the Institution of Engineering and Technology on 13 May. We are thrilled that the speaker is Dr Mike Lynch, the celebrated technology entrepreneur and the founder of Invoke Capital. Tim Davie from BBC Worldwide will be chairing.

Finally, my personal congratulations to the RTS Wales Centre, which celebrates its 55th anniversary this month. 

Theresa Wise


London, 10 April 2014 – The Royal Television Society (RTS), Britain's leading forum for television and related media, has today announced the nominations for the RTS Student Television Awards 2013.
Applications are now open for the award, which gives the winner an all-expenses-paid trip to IBC 11-15 September plus free entry to the RTS London Conference, 'Power, Politics and the Media', on 9 September.
Open for applications
The RTS Undergraduate Bursary scheme is open for application from 1 March to 31 May 2014. The scheme offers 20 bursaries of £3,000 (£1,000 per year) to students studying television production and broadcast journalism at accredited British universities, and recipients will receive free membership of both the RTS and The Hospital Club.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 - London
MAKING IT IN TV DESIGN #RTSdesign RTS Futures would like to welcome you to an evening of information, advice and networking, aimed at people wanting to get into or get ahead in Art Department, Costume and Makeup for TV. This unmissable event will be hosted by Alice Skidmore, who ran the BBC’s Design Trainee Scheme for five years, and will feature the following panelists:
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - TREORCHY
RTS Wales and the Coalfields Regeneration Trust present "Still The Enemy Within" On the 30th anniversary of the miners’ strike, we preview Still the Enemy Within, an independent, crowdfunded film, which uncovers the hidden story of the people behind the longest national industrial dispute in history.  Demonised by the government, and dubbed ‘Arthur’s Army’, they led a fight-back that would change British society forever.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - London
London Live has gone live, with new faces and styles of programming, offering an unprecedented platform for young Londoners. The channel aims to challenge the common perception of local television with new drama, entertainment and comedy along with news and current affairs and old favourites with a London theme. Will London Live become the ‘fabric of life’? Take a look behind the scenes as our panel discusses the run up to the launch, the success so far and the plans for the future.
Royal Society, London, SW1Y 5AG - Tuesday 13 May 6.15pm for 7:00pm
“Prediction is very difficult, particularly about the future” - Using the words of Nobel prize winning physicist and philosopher Niels Bohr as a starting point, Dr Mike Lynch will explore the big questions facing us in a technology-led future...
Friday 16 May- BFI Southbank
On Friday 16 May, the Royal Television Society will be holding the RTS Student Television Awards.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 -
Booking for this event will open shortly. Principal Sponsor STV. More information in due course
ITV drama Broadchurch has been the hit of 2013, wowing the critics and pulling in an audience of almost 10 million for its denouement. At a packed RTS event in late November, creator and writer Chris Chibnall revealed for the first time the influence of Dorset’s most famous novelist and poet, Thomas Hardy...
Event report
Full-house signs were put up outside the Cavendish Conference Centre as the RTS welcomed the people behind BBC One hit drama Sherlock to its latest early evening event.
Winners announced
The Royal Television Society has announced the winners and finalists of the RTS Programme Awards 2013.
Event report
A format called "Mind the Gap", developed at the latest RTS Futures event, “Sun, Sex and Suspicious Formats”, won its creators the prize of a day’s creative workshop with the BBC Academy.
We are pleased to announce the winners of our annual Awards. This year they were presented on the 21st March, as part of the Zoom International Youth Film Festival. The festival is Wales’s largest film event for young people, organised for and with children and young people.
Event report
Some of the country’s leading sound experts turned up the volume on the state of their craft at RTS London Centre’s latest event.
Event report and Video
At a joint RTS/BBC event Baroness Doreen Lawrence told BBC investigative reporter Mark Daly: “I was forced into this position because if the police had done what they needed to do on the night, I wouldn’t have had to take up the mantle.”
The Royal Television Society has launched the first RTS Scotland Awards. The awards will cover all forms of production in Scotland, recognising excellence and innovation across a range of genres and crafts.
Sky today announced details of five Sky Academy TV scholarships to be made available for successful applicants on the existing Sky partnered courses run by the National Film and Television School.
The Royal Television Society has announced the winners and finalists of the Television Journalism Awards 2012/2013
BBC Launches World War One season
Television’s relationship with the First World War goes back a long way and encompasses a wide range of genres. Documentaries, dramas, arts programmes and comedy have all grappled with “the war to end all wars.” Now in the centenary year of the outbreak of war in August 1914 the BBC has launched the first of 130 planned programmes in what promises to be a season that will show the corporation at its very best.
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 - Reading
A fascinating  presentation by Alan Watson of the Enigma machine and its historical importance in cryptography. A summer evening BBQ lecture
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 -
Booking for this event will open shortly. Principal Sponsor STV. More information in due course
Saturday, February 17, 2024 - Cambridge
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