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CELEBRATING REGIONAL TELEVISION: RTS Awards North East set for spectacular return next year

CELEBRATING REGIONAL TELEVISION: RTS Awards North East set for spectacular return next year

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RTS Awards North East set to return next year.

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards for the North East and Border region are set to make a spectacular return in 2022 after the event was cancelled in 2021 due to the global pandemic.

Organisers have confirmed the Hilton NewcastleGateshead will host the glittering celebration on Saturday 26 February 2022. The event is the region’s biggest awards ceremony for showcasing excellence in television and media production.

The awards will recognise the work of programme makers who created television and other content despite lockdowns and various other restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

Entries are now open for broadcasters, production teams and content creators to submit their work for the 2022 awards which will cover the past two years of news, current affairs and
programme making to name just a few of the categories.

In response to the pandemic, the 2022 awards will include two new categories: Pandemic Production Innovation (Drama) and Pandemic Production Innovation (News and Factual) to
recognise how production teams found solutions and systems to safely work within Covid-19 restrictions and lockdown rules.

Will Nicholson, RTS North East & Border Region Centre chair, said: “It is two years since we were last able to recognise the work of creatives in this region. Therefore, it is only right that amongst the usual categories for drama, current affairs, entertainment and production excellence, we introduce additional awards to mark the extraordinary innovations deployed to create content during lockdowns and pandemic restrictions.

“All the team at the Royal Television Society are looking forward to the return of the awards.”

More than 50 media professionals judge entries submitted for the awards each year with more than 100 submitted for the 2019 awards.

The 2019 RTS awards was one of the last major events to take place in the region before lockdown restrictions were imposed. The ceremony was hosted by Tyneside Comedian and Broadcaster Jason Cook with celebrity guests including Steph McGovern, Brenda Blethyn, Simon McCoy and voice of Strictly Come Dancing, Alan Dedicoat.

Sponsorship opportunities are also now available to support the awards and details of the 2022 awards celebrity presenter and details on how to buy tickets will be released in due course.

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