The Royal Television Society, Britain's leading forum for television and related media, has announced the winners of the RTS Programme Awards 2013-2014.
Chaired by David Liddiment, the RTS Programme Awards honour excellence across all genres of television programming, from soaps to history, children’s fiction to comedy performance and sports, and recognise exceptional actors, presenters, writers and production teams as well as the programmes themselves.
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The headlines surrounding the BBC World Service could hardly be more worrying. Of late, the news has been about job losses, service cuts, shrinking income and the danger of being outgunned by big-spending foreign rivals.
The BBC itself issued a stark warning recently about the challenges facing what many view as a unique UK asset, in a report on “The Future of News”.
Class is less the barrier to getting on in TV than it was
The latest RTS Futures event offered sage advice to a young and eager audience on how to climb TV's greasy pole, rising from a lowly runner to superstar status.
"Does it take talent, hard work, luck or good looks?" asked Broadcast magazine columnist and entertainment producer Steven D Wright, who chaired a five-strong panel of execs at the central Londonevent. "Or," he asked, "is it class?"
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From left: Sue Unerman, Jon Lewis, Sally Quick, John Nolan and Claire Beale
Advertiser-funded TV shows are as old as the medium itself. It’s easy to forget that the term soap opera was originally coined to describe radio serials sponsored in the US by Procter & Gamble. In the 1950s and 1960s, many of the first televised soaps were paid for and produced by the company, too.