I have just caught up with news from last night’s Royal Television Society Awards Dinner. The area being lauded last night was Television Journalism.
Two names familiar to readers of this blog, and more so to followers of the “Rangers Story” were recognised for their work.
The full list of winners can be found here.
The two whom I want to mention are as follows:-
Drum roll please ….
First of all -
Nations and regions current affairs and news event
Winner: BBC Scotland Investigates: Rangers – The Men Who Sold The Jerseys, BBC Scotland
“The jury unanimously felt this was a superb piece of investigative reporting, presenting a complex story of financial chicanery, personal ambition and sporting hubris in a compelling and dramatic manner. The story, vividly told by reporter Mark Daly, captured the sense of loss and betrayal felt by Rangers fans and set the news agenda in the Scottish media for weeks.”
Well done to Mark Daly and to his team!
Television journalist of the year
Winner: Alex Thomson – Channel 4 News, ITN for Channel 4 News
“The winner is without question one of the UK’s leading correspondents. With a portfolio of coverage from Syria to door stepping Kelvin Mackenzie over Hillsborough, to Glasgow Rangers, he displays great range and versatility with a knack for finding strong angles and compelling stories. He brings real authority and storytelling skills to whatever he covers.”
Well done Alex.
It was a great disappointment to me that I was not able to make the re-arranged Napier University session conducted by Alex and Mark. The chance to meet them would have been good. (And for the conspiracists out there, I have never met either gentlemen before.)
Of course I suspect that some Rangers fans, who believed that Alex only took an interest in the Rangers story because (a) he hated Rangers (b) no one actually watches Channel 4 News anyway and (c) that he was desperate to do something to raise his profile and became the innocent dupe for other “Rangers haters” will now feel vindicated and will proclaim that his campaign worked.
Most sensible people, and in that description I include many Rangers fans, will recognise instead that Messrs Daly and Thomson both brought great journalistic skill to a major Scottish story, and one which resonates throughout the sporting and business worlds.
And, speaking for myself, having achieved third place in the Maley’s Bhoys Blogger of the Year Award, I am waiting for the Orwell Prize nominations to open for next year (as they decided not to have a Blogger of the Year this year). I assume that decision was because they wanted to take a break from Rangers hating, having given last year’s prize to RangersTaxCase.com!
Posted by Paul “Oscar” McConville