The Royal Television Society Scotland announces 2019 award winners

Last night, The Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Scotland Centre announced the winners of the RTS Scotland Awards 2019 at a ceremony held at The Old Fruitmarket in Glasgow. The event was hosted by presenter, Jennifer Reoch and stand-up comedian and presenter, Des Clarke. This year, RTS Scotland introduced the new Writer category, which was awarded to Lorna Martin for Women on The Verge.

The Cry, boasting six nominations, secured the award for the Drama category, with BBC Social winning for Short Form, for which they received all three nominations. MG ALBA also celebrated taking home three awards across its six nominations for Children’s, Comedy and Camera. The prestigious RTS Scotland Award went to Stuart Cosgrove, Scottish journalist, broadcaster and television executive for his dedication to Scotland’s television industry. In 2018, Cosgrove led the Scotland team, who campaigned successfully to bring one of the Channel 4 Hubs to Glasgow.

This year's winner of the Young Journalist Award, Ceri Isfryn, received a prize of £1000, donated in memory of George Sinclair, the former BBC Scotland News and Current Affairs Editor, from the Sinclair Trust.

"Scotland’s television industry continues to expand"

“What a great year it has been for the creative industries in Scotland. We received a record number of entries with increased submissions for the Professional Excellence, Craft categories. Scotland’s television industry continues to expand, and the high standard of submissions demonstrate what brilliant programmes are being produced here.”

Lisa Hazlehurst
Head of Lion Television and Chair of the RTS Scotland Awards

The RTS Scotland Awards celebrate the best productions, students and leaders in their craft across the nation with 25 categories including: Short Form, Sound, Factual Entertainment and Features, Student Award, Documentary and Specialist Factual: History, Animation and VFX, News, Current Affairs, Camera, Documentary and Specialist Factual: Science and Natural History, Daytime, Children’s, Sport – Programme, Sport – Live Event, Young Journalist, Graphics and Titling, Comedy, On Screen Personality, Editing, Writer, Documentary and Specialist Factual: Arts, Director, Drama, and The RTS Scotland Award.

Chair of RTS Scotland, April Chamberlain said: “For 2019, we are delighted to have introduced a new Writer Award. We've had more Gaelic entries than ever before, plus a number of independent companies new to the RTS Awards submitting entries for the first time.”

Full List of Winners

See the full list of 2019 winners here: https://rts.org.uk/award/rts-scotland-awards-2019.

Sabrina Grant smiles with her RTS Award for On-Screen Personality

About the Royal Television Society

From glamorous award ceremonies to lively debates, the RTS embraces all aspects of television, and is open to anyone with an interest in the medium. As an educational charity, RTS encourage and celebrate work in television and its related fields, from finding out how the nation’s favourite shows are made in their Anatomy of a Hit series, to celebrating burgeoning talent at their annual Student Awards.

The industry’s most talented individuals give RTS an insight into the work that goes into making cutting edge contemporary TV. From Government ministers and CEOs, to workshops with great runners, RTS events look at every part of the business. The annual Television Journalism, Programme, Craft and Design, and Student Awards celebrate achievements across the broadcasting industry.

Each year, RTS offer Television Production and Technology bursaries to help those from less affluent backgrounds get a foothold in the industry, and Masterclass sessions bring together students, academics and industry heads. Global television leaders gather to discuss what the future holds for television at our London Conference or the RTS Cambridge Convention.

Alongside RTS' engaged community of over 4,800 full members, the Society is supported by Britain and the world's biggest broadcasters, producers and consultants, including Principal Patrons BBC, Channel 4, ITV and Sky.

Originally founded as the Television Society in 1927, the Society was granted its Royal title in 1966, and HRH The Prince of Wales became Patron of the RTS in 1997.

Today, 15 regional and national groups curate lively events and awards around the UK and Ireland, from Glasgow to Galway.

RTS Futures, which is aimed at those in their first two years of employment, organises an exciting roster of discussion, training and social occasions. Recent events have included workshops on learning how to format shows and how to survive as a freelancer, and expert panels explaining how to be the best researcher and how to make it on-screen.

Further information

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