Programme Awards 2013-2014: Nominations and Booking

24 Feb 2015

Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood announce the nominees
Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood announce the nominees
The nominees for this year's RTS Programme Awards have been announced.

Presenters Angellica Bell and Michael Underwood unveiled the shortlist today at a breakfast event at the Hospital Club, in Central London. 

Scroll down for a full list of nominees

RTS Television Journalism Awards 2013-2014: The Winners

18 Feb 2015

The very best in British television journalism has been honoured at the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards. 

Journalists, broadcasters and agencies competed in 17 categories for a coveted RTS award at a ceremony at the Hilton, in Park Lane, London, hosted by CNN International News Anchor Becky Anderson tonight, 18 February. 

In conversation with Armando Iannucci

03 Feb 2015

Armando Iannucci
Armando Iannucci
The comedy writer and producer behind In The Loop, The Thick of It and Veep - Armando Iannucci - is coming to the RTS for an early evening chat about his critically-acclaimed career. 

In what promises top be an intimate, entertaining and lively evening, the showmaker will be put through the paces by Sky's Head of Comedy, Lucy Lumsden, on March 25. 

Host announced for Programme Awards

26 Feb 2015

John SergeantVeteran broadcaster and occasional ballroom dancer John Sergeant will host this year's RTS Programme Awards.

The black tie event recognises the best British programmes, writers and performers.

The cream of British television talent will gather at a glittering dinner and ceremony on Tuesday 17 March 2015 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

Freed Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste picks up RTS Award for him and his two colleagues in Egypt

18 Feb 2015

By Tim Dickens 

The Al Jazeera journalist Peter Greste picked up the RTS Television Journalism Judges' Award tonight on behalf of himself and two of his colleagues still on bail in Egypt. 

Greste was honoured alongside his two Al Jazeera colleagues, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy, who watched a live broadcast of the London ceremony from Cairo.

What is the future for free-to-air sport?

13 Feb 2015

 

 

Lee Westwood at The Open Championship 2008
Lee Westwood at The Open Championship 2008
The golfing world has divided this month by the news that The Open will be moving from the BBC to Sky Sports from 2017.

This will mean that the world’s oldest golf tournament will no longer be ‘free–to–air’ live as only highlights will be on the BBC.

Apps: the business opportunity

11 Feb 2015
Apps have the potential to change the way we interact with TV shows.

Interactivity has been a feature of TV shows for many years but now – thanks to mobile apps – it could offer producers a way to make more from their programmes. A London Centre event late last year, “Interactive social TV formats: the business case”, revealed how the producers of big entertainment shows are exploiting second-screen smartphones and tablets.

Mansfield's format tips

11 Feb 2015
Grant Mansfield says you need to develop a thick skin

Grant Mansfield
Grant Mansfield (Credit: Jon Craig)
"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm," TV executive Grant Mansfield, borrowing a line from Winston Churchill, told RTS Bristol's first event of the year.

Michael Bunce OBE 1935-2014

11 Feb 2015
Obituary of the RTS' first full time director (1935-2014) by Steve Clarke

Michael Bunce, who has died of a heart attack, aged 79, was the Royal Television Society’s first full-time director.

He died unexpectedly on New Year’s Eve, following the death of his wife, Tina, two weeks earlier from cancer.

Michael joined the RTS as Executive Director in 1991. His nine years running the RTS were marked by a wide-ranging expansion in its activities and the modernisation of the Society’s role.

Behind the scenes of The Wright Stuff

11 Feb 2015
Pre-dawn start keeps daytime debate fresh

The Wright Stuff presenters (from left): Kirsty Duffy, Matthew Wright and Eric Johnson
The Wright Stuff presenters (from left): Kirsty Duffy, Matthew Wright and Eric Johnson (Credit: Princess Productions)
There's rarely a dull moment on long-running Channel 5 daytime show The Wright Stuff. Over its 14-year run, guests have had panic attacks on air; streakers have invaded the studio; the audience has thrown both abuse and objects; lights have exploded; and sets collapsed.

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