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Royal Television Society launches Northern Ireland programme awards

Date Posted: August 30, 2017

The Royal Television Society (RTS) recently launched its 2017 Programme Awards for the Northern Ireland creative industries.

The RTS has partnered with BBC Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland Screen, Channel 4 and UTV for these prestigious awards. The winners will be announced at an exciting ceremony in The Mac as part of Belfast Media Festival, this November.

Steve Carson, Chair of RTS NI said:

“The RTS NI Awards are fast becoming the most respected and sought after creative industry awards in Northern Ireland. This is the third year of these awards and we are delighted that entries are increasing every year, highlighting the exceptional talent now available in Northern Ireland. As an educational charity these awards help the RTS to raise awareness of the growing success and innovation of the creative industries in Northern Ireland.

“2017 will see three new categories for gaming, original music score and a new factual sub-category to reflect the strength of this vibrant growth sector of our economy.”

Sarah McCaffrey, RTS NI Awards Committee Chair said:

“With exceptional production, world class facilities and talent, Northern Ireland is fast becoming the location of choice for international film and television companies. These Awards recognise fresh and innovative content spanning all genres of television programming by celebrating the achievements of the local industry and showcasing the best talent from Northern Ireland.”

Applications for entries to this year’s Awards are available until Friday 8th September, 2017. To qualify for entry, submissions must have been aired between 1 January 2016 and 31 May 2017 by individuals, broadcasters or companies based in or working in Northern Ireland. Further details can be found here.

The 2017 Award categories are:

  • Comedy and Entertainment
  • Factual Entertainment and / or Features
  • Specialist Factual
  • Documentary
  • Current Affairs
  • News Coverage
  • Drama
  • Children’s and / or Animation
  • Interactive Entertainment
  • Original Music Score
  • Judges’ Award

The RTS Judges Award recognises an outstanding, long-term contribution to the industry by an individual or company.

Judging in each category will be carried out independently by an experienced internal jury with winners being announced at the special awards ceremony at the Mac, Belfast on Thursday 14th November.

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