ITV’s coverage of Jimmy Savile sex abuse scandal wins three prizes at TV news awards

The broadcaster's Exposure documentary won scoop of the year at the Royal Television Society awards, while Channel 4 and BBC took home six awards each


ITV picked up three prizes at last night’s Royal Television Society TV journalism awards for their coverage of the sex abuse scandal that engulfed late TV presenter Jimmy Savile last year.


The broadcaster’s documentary, Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile – which led to hundreds of victims coming forward to make claims against the TV presenter – took home prizes for scoop of the year and best home current affairs programme. A third accolade was awarded to ITN for ITV News’s coverage of the story. 

Meanwhile, BBC News and Channel 4 News picked up six awards apiece.

Channel 4 News host Jon Snow was named presenter of the year, and the programme landed the gong for daily news programme, while chief correspondent Alex Thomson was awarded TV journalist of the year for his work on Syria, Afghanistan and Glasgow.  

The BBC triumphed in the international news coverage category for their reporting on the Syrian uprising and Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen was awarded special journalist of the year. 

CNN was named news channel of the year, while Richard Tait – professor of journalism at Cardiff University and former editor of ITN, Newsinight and Channel 4 News – won the lifetime achievement award. 


BBC’s Newsnight – the winner of last year’s news programme of the year – was not nominated following its decision to drop investigations into the Jimmy Savile case, a move that led to a widely-reported fallout at the BBC and the resignation of director general, George Entwistle.