Sky News has been named News Channel of the Year at the Royal Television Society awards in London. Sky News correspondent Dominic Waghorn picked up both the Television Journalist of the Year award and also the International News award for a special report on baby snatching in China.
The RTS judges complemented Sky News on its “immediacy, impact, variety of coverage”. It was also commended on the way it covered major stories and for its “sharp and intelligent reporting”.
Sky News has been through a series of changes over the past year, introducing feature style programmes into evening primetime, three-headed bulletins into daytime and bringing in major names as anchors including James Rubin and Eamonn Holmes. The majority of the changes have subsequently been reversed with the evening bulletins recently being moved in the opposite direction in the form of 15-minute summaries.
Former Head of Sky News Nick Pollard, who after 10 years at Sky News was responsible for the changes, won a Lifetime Achievement Award.