Sky News has been named News Channel of the Year at the Royal Television Society awards. It scooped a total of five prizes, including best home and international coverage, while Nick Martin was named Specialist Journalist of the Year, and John Ryley, the head of Sky News, won the Outstanding Contribution Award. The channel’s special report ‘A Warning From Italy’ had, the judges said, “brought home the severity of the COVID pandemic early” and had demonstrated “powerful and brave journalism”. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player March 2020: Inside Italy’s virus crisis wards Its UK coverage of the crisis, entitled ‘COVID UK’ was described as a “must watch during these difficult times” and had included reportage that had “offered insight into the lives of ordinary people”. Nick Martin, they said, had “brought to life the human dramas” in his moving accounts of people in care homes, and their family struggles, through this difficult year, but crucially, he had also “held politicians to account”. Advertisement The judges also said John Ryley had “effected genuine change in our business”. Simon Bucks, the awards chairman, described him as “individual, idiosyncratic, integral and influential – a colossal presence”. More from… Read full this story
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