Channel 4 News Scoops Six RTS Journalism Awards


The Channel 4 News team swept the board at last night’s prestigious Royal Television Journalism Awards – winning a record six gongs – more than any other news programme. The team were awarded in the following categories: Young Journalist, Innovative News, News Programme, Television Journalist, News Presenter of the Year and the Independent Award.

Young Journalist of the Year

Ciaran Jenkins – Channel 4 News, ITN for Channel 4 News

“…an impressive and entertaining story-teller who can uncover original stories as well as cover the on-the-day news. His personal touches in the report about unemployment in Merthyr Tydfil turned what could have been an ordinary report into something much more human and memorable.”

Innovative News

No Go Britain, ITN for Channel 4 News

“The winning entry stood out for the novel way in which it helped to give a new look at one of the year's big stories. It built upon the strength of crowd sourcing and social media and then added the clout of a broadcaster to build up the channel's continued commitment to people with disabilities in the year of the Paralympics.”

The Independent Award

Horror of Homs, ITN for Channel 4 News

“A moving and supremely honest film made by French photographer “Mani” who captured, over a period of several weeks, the reality of day-to-day life – and death – in the Syrian city of Homs. The Jury was unanimous in the view that Mani’s film pierced through all other coverage from the beleaguered City and defined the Syria conflict for millions of people.”

Daily News Programme of the Year

Channel 4 News, ITN for Channel 4 News

“The coverage in the winning entry shone with personality, vigour, robustness and cheekiness – demonstrating a programme with a fresh sense of confidence.”

Television Journalist of the Year

Alex Thomson – Channel 4 News, ITN for Channel 4 News

“The winner is without question one of the UK's leading correspondents. With a portfolio of coverage from Syria to door stepping Kelvin Mackenzie over Hillsborough, to Glasgow Rangers, he displays great range and versatility with a knack for finding strong angles and compelling stories. He brings real authority and storytelling skills to whatever he covers.”

National Presenter of the Year

Jon Snow – Channel 4 News, ITN for Channel 4 News

“…consistently in a class of his own. Beautiful writing, unequalled versatility and the sense he is as enthusiastic, inquisitive and committed to quality journalism as ever in his long career.”

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