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Spotlight wins Royal Television Society Television Journalism award

BBC Northern Ireland's current affairs programme Spotlight has won a prestigious Royal Television Society (RTS) Television Journalism Award.


Spotlight won in the Nations and Regions Current Affairs category for the special investigation The Pit Bull Sting.


The ceremony was held in the London Hilton last night (Wednesday 20 February).


The award was collected by reporter Mandy McAuley and producer Emma Tolland.


Spotlight: The Pit Bull Sting was first broadcast in August 2007 and revealed the gruesome inside story of the secret and savage world of dog fighting in Northern Ireland.


The 17-month undercover investigation used a trained undercover operator and secret filming to infiltrate a leading dog fighting gang in Northern Ireland.


The programme also travelled to Finland to uncover an international dog fighting ring and revealed how illegal dogs are transported from Europe into Northern Ireland.


This is Spotlight's fifth win in this category and the programme's sixth RTS award in total.


Mandy McAuley said: "Winning this award is a great honour. The Pit Bull Sting was a real team effort and this award is a tribute to the talent and experience of so many people who work in current affairs in BBC Northern Ireland.


"I'd like to give a special thanks to our Assistant Editor, Television Current Affairs Gwyneth Jones, our Head of Television Current Affairs Television, BBC Northern Ireland, Jeremy Adams and to our undercover operator."


Peter Johnston, Controller, BBC Northern Ireland, said: "To get this recognition from the television industry yet again is a tremendous achievement for everyone in the Spotlight team.


"It's a reflection of the professionalism and quality of the journalism in BBC Northern Ireland."


BBC Northern Ireland received four nominations for this year's RTS Television Journalism Awards.


As well as Spotlight: The Pit Bull Sting, BBC NI was nominated in the Nations and Regions News Coverage category for BBC Newsline's Devolution Day coverage; in the Scoop of the Year category for Spotlight: The Hunt for Captain Nairac; and in the Current Affairs - Home category for the Panorama programme TV's Dirty Secrets, made by BBC Northern Ireland.


This is BBC Northern Ireland's second journalism win this week. BBC Newsline picked up the Best News Programme Award at the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards on Sunday night.


Notes to Editors


The BBC won seven RTS Television Journalism awards at last night's ceremony. In addition, the Judges' Award went to the BBC's Alan Johnston.


A full list of winners is on the Royal Television Society website.


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Category: Northern Ireland
Date: 21.02.2008
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