LONDON — CNN International was the surprise winner of the Royal Television Society’s news channel of the year award at the org’s annual Television Journalism Awards.
The Time Warner-owned web defeated BBC News and Sky News, a big winner at previous RTS Journalism Awards.
Last year’s victor, Al Jazeera English, was not even nominated.
CNN International was praised for “its distinctive coverage and energetic and vivid reporting.”
Jurors added that “they were ahead of the curve in Pakistan, interviewing Malala, the young woman who was shot by the Taliban, before she was injured; and their interview with FIFA President Sepp Blatter became a major news story revealing racism in (soccer) at the highest level.”
Overall it was a bad night for Sky News, which unusually failed to win a single prize.
The BBC’s high profile Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen was voted specialist journalist of the year, but the night was dominated by ITV news provide ITN, winner of eight awards, and clearly undergoing a big revival.
ITV’s revelations of BBC star Jimmy Savile’s rampant child sex abuse, which led to arguably the worst crisis in the pubcaster’s history, won three awards — home current affairs, scoop of the year, and home news coverage.
Channel 4 News, which is provided by ITN, collected an impressive six prizes at the ceremony held in London Wednesday.
These included daily news program and national presenter, won by Channel 4 news anchor Jon Snow.