The Royal Television Society Midlands Centre is again seeking the best programme-makers across the region to enter its acclaimed annual awards.
In 2007 there were a record 125 entries for the RTS Awards which have in the past marked out the region’s top talent.
There are 13 categories for the awards, which include: Best Independent Programme; Best Corporate/Non-Broadcast; Best Drama; Best Actor; Best Actress; Best Television Personality; Best Innovation and Multimedia; Best Magazine; Best News Programme; Best Current Affairs Programme; Best New Talent; Best Documentary and Best Regional Programme.
Following judging by some of the region’s television professionals, the awards culminate in the annual awards and dinner event – a highlight of the broadcasting calendar.
The event this year will be at the Burlington Hotel in Birmingham on October 25. Last year’s dinner and awards ceremony was hosted by comedian Brian Conley and was attended by the cream of Midlands’ talent to celebrate the very best of programming made in the region.
Each year the Midlands Centre also presents the prestigious Baird Medal. The 2007 medal was awarded to astronomer Patrick Moore for his outstanding contribution to television with his show The Sky at Night, one of the longest-running programmes with the same presenter in television history.
RTS Midlands chairman Janet Wootton said: “The awards give the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Five and the region’s independent producers, as well as the universities with media specialities, a chance to show off their skills and expertise and to be recognised by the RTS whose membership includes the top people in broadcasting.
“This is a real opportunity for both established and new programme-makers, graphic artists, animators and others in the region to demonstrate their creative skills. We have some superb talent across the East and West Midlands and this is another opportunity to showcase it,” she added.
See www.rts.org.uk/midlands for more details.