Reflecting the region brings reflected glory for Inside Out & Look North
Inside Out's RTS Winners: Steve Paton (Camera), Maggie Latham (Producer: Mr Rich & The Terriers), Matt Bardo (Producer: Southern Cross)
It was a great year for the BBC!
Inside Out was named Best Current Affairs Production for our coverage of serious lapses in the quality of care at Southern Cross Care Homes. The company has since folded.
Our department also picked up Best Factual Production for our documentary on American billionaire Bob Rich who stepped in to save the Bedlington Terriers football team. In this category we were up against stiff network competition, so were delighted to be shortlisted never mind collect the title.
Steve Paton receives his award from Chris Jackson
As well as filming lots of our Inside Out stories, Steve makes natural history films with Mike Dilger on The One Show.
I happened to be presenting that award category so was delighted to be reading his name out on the big night.
Our colleagues at Look North also picked up a raft of awards.
As well as winning Best Regional News Programme, Sharon Barbour was named Best Journalist, Adele Robinson was awarded Best Newcomer and Jon Roberts who works behind the scenes picked up a trophy for Best Production.
BBC Look North's Carol Malia and Jeff Brown along with Editor Andy Cooper (left) received the award from BBC Breakfast's Stephanie McGovern
We get lots of emails and letters, and it's such a privilege when I'm out filming that people want to stop what they're doing to come up and say hello.
When people go up to collect their RTS awards, acceptance speeches aren't allowed, but at least here on my blog I am unfettered so I can say on behalf of the whole Inside Out team - THANK YOU to you for supporting us.
On tonight's show (Monday, 20 January 2012) your award-winning team bring you a personal story of a young carer, disquiet over how council homes are run in Northumberland and a monster mystery in the lakes.
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