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Monday 28 Jul 2014

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Spotlight wins RTS television journalism awards

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

Spotlight won in both the Scoop Of The Year category and the Nations and Regions Current Affairs and News Event category for the special programme Spotlight: The Iris Robinson Investigation, at the award ceremony which was held in the London Hilton last night (Wednesday 23 February).

Peter Johnston, Director, BBC Northern Ireland, said: "This is a fantastic win for our Spotlight team – particularly with a Northern Ireland story winning in the UK-wide Scoop Of The Year category – and comes hot on the heels of the success at the Irish Film and Television Awards earlier this month.

"This recognition from the Royal Television Society follows Spotlight's long tradition of making award-winning programmes and is a reflection of the dedication of our Spotlight team to produce hard-hitting, high quality investigative journalism."

Jeremy Adams, Head of Television Current Affairs, BBC Northern Ireland, said: "It's a tremendous achievement to be recognised by the Royal Television Society in this way, being awarded both the UK-wide Scoop Of The Year and Nations and Regions Current Affairs and News Event.

"The team put a great deal of time and dedication into what was a painstaking investigation and also one of the most important and talked about television investigations of the past year."

Last night's double award success means BBC Northern Ireland's Spotlight programme has now won eight RTS Journalism Awards.

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