Friday, 29 February 2008

Royal Television Society Awards Success!

Meridian and Thames Valley scooped six awards last night at the RTS Awards in Southampton.

They were as follows:

Best Regional TV Journalist - Simon Clemison

Best Feature/Strand Production - Ian Maclaren for his work on the slavery strand for South East
Most Promising Newcomer - Keith Peries from Thames Valley

Best Graphics - Amanda Hall

Best Programme/Series about the region - FOCUS, The Good Food Chain.

Best Regional News Magazine Show - Thames Valley Tonight

Simon Clemison, Best Regional TV Journalist

"It was an absolutely fantastic occasion. My heart was thumping when they read out the nominations. I don’t think I have ever been quite so nervous! It was great to go up on stage with Fred, although he did revel in telling everyone the prank he played on me at my house recently. I work with a brilliant team at ITV Meridian and ITV Thames Valley. They make work so enjoyable, an atmosphere where you really can thrive. I would like to thank the Royal Television Society for a great night".

Robin Britton, Head of ITV Thames Valley

During the emergency in July the whole show came live from flood hit Oxford and Berkshire for 5 nights in a row. The RTS judges praised the programme for its ambition, relevance to viewers and it “never put a foot wrong”.

Such a high standard was achieved because everyone pulled out all the stops to make it happen – our colleagues at Meridian South and Meridian East leant us their satellite trucks so we could come from the worst hit locations. We’re absolutely delighted to receive this award in our first year of transmission – it’s a great achievement by all concerned.

And not for getting the Runners-Up of course which included your very own ITV Local Thames Valley for Best Technical Innovation, Sally Mules, Dave Russell, Zoe Gower-Jones , Alistair Batey, Neil Cornish, the Meridian Reports Team, and the Meridian South programme team.

It was a truly fantastic night celebrating the best of regional news and superbly hosted by our very own Fred Dinenage.

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