winners of the Ruby Television Awards announced
East has won the top award at the first ever Ruby Television
Awards to honour the achievements of the BBC regional news programmes
across the United Kingdom.
addition to winning the prestigious Best Six Thirty Programme award,
Look East's Rachel Dane scooped the Best Exclusive Story
awards were presented by the Director-General of the BBC, Greg Dyke,
at a special dinner hosted by Pat Loughrey, Director of Nations
& Regions, and held at Birmingham's International Convention
Centre last night (13 February 2003).
at the awards, Pat Loughrey said: "The BBC first introduced
regional news programmes 40 years ago.
was a bold and brave step at the time - but today these programmes
have become not only a cornerstone of the BBC ONE schedule but also
the most watched news programmes on British television."
Today and North West Tonight also picked up two Ruby
Today's Andy Stone was named Best Director and Mark Sanders
won the Best News Reporter category.
North West Tonight, Gordon Burns was awarded Best Presenter
and Ian Wagdin, Best Editor.
Special Award was presented to Bruce Parker for his services
to the BBC and regional broadcasting.
retires in March after 38 years with the organisation - 35 of them
at BBC South.
Bruce, Pat Loughrey said: "He's made an immense contribution
to BBC South in particular, both as the long-serving anchor presenter
of South Today and more recently as Political Editor and presenter
of South of Westminster.
remained relentlessly enthusiastic about his work and is an inspiration
to many new young members of staff who have benefited from his advice
were eight different categories in the competition, and the judges
included past and present local television broadcasters, along with
leading producers, managers and regulators from both public service
and commercial television.
Rubys have been created to coincide with the 40th anniversary of
the start of the BBC's regional news programmes across the United
aim is to recognise and celebrate the achievements and encourage
excellence in the BBCs regional news programmes.
full list of this years winners:
Broadcast of Diversity Issues - Look
North, Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
Video Journalist - Johnny
Rutherford, Spotlight, South West
News Reporter - Mark
Sanders, South Today
Exclusive Story - Rachel
Dane, Look East
Specialist Correspondent - Richard
Smith, South East Today
Presenter - Gordon
Burns, North West Tonight
Six Thirty Programme - Look
Director's Special Award - Bruce
Camera Operator - Ben
Leete, BBC London News
Director - Andy
Stone, South Today
Graphics Designer - Andrew
Davidson, BBC Newsline, Northern Ireland
Editor - Ian
Wagdin, North West Tonight
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