Award We’re delighted to announce that Simon has won the highly coveted ITV News camera operator of the year, bronze award, for his work in 2016.  Camera operators from across the ITV regions were nominated, with just three winners receiving prizes during the ITV News awards ceremony on 8th July at London’s South Bank.  The judges complimented Simon on his varied showreel which featured material shot throughout the UK and across Europe.

It was a big night for all the ITV Yorkshire team, with several awards successes including two for Producer Mark Witty (pictured with Simon) and team including recognition for their coverage of the Ben Needham case.


We’re delighted to have been involved in a successful grant bid from the Institute of Physics to produce a follow up exhibition of ‘Project Sky Cube’, which will replay audible recordings of the electromagnetic wave spectrum from above the home of Sir Isaac Newton, for Gravity Fields 2016.

Primetime’s Joanna White produced phase one of this project above former RAF Metheringham, showing the finished art installation at the British Human Computer Interaction Conference and at Frequency Festival 2015 (featured as a Festival highlight in this Telegraph Newspaper review).  This grant will enable a development of the project and further opportunities to inform a public audience about their contribution to invisible human-computer communication networks that surround us all.

Joanna added: “I first contact Rosemary Richards who Primetime worked with at Gravity Fields in 2014, telling her about the project and its potential suitability for Gravity Fields.  She connected me with South Kesteven District Council and the IOP Grant Scheme, and things snowballed from there.  I’m currently in the development stages with the 2016 Gravity Fields team and can’t wait to see what sounds we can collect above Newton’s original home – the home where he first identified gravity and where the original apple tree still grows.  It will be fabulous to highlight some of his amazing scientific discoveries, while also reflecting on today’s technological communication developments.”

To record these eerie communications sounds Joanna will fly a microlight repeatedly through a 1km cube of air while analysing the electromagnetic signals between 800MHz and 2.6GHz – the signals which carry our mobile, gps and computer communications through the air invisibly.  The sounds are going to be replayed through 16 mobile phones, suspended from a ceiling with an accompanying projection showing location and altitude information.  You can find out more from watching the video above (including how the recording was taken in the air), and by attending Gravity Fields 2016 at Grantham – 21st to 25th September.  Joanna’s piece hopes to be on show for the whole week in Grantham’s Guildhall Centre.


Mark Witty, Kerry Needham and Simon White

‘Scoop of the Year’ was awarded to Calendar News Producer Mark Witty and Simon White of Primetime Media for their series of features ‘In Search of Ben Needham’.  The team were delighted to receive the award from Ben’s mother Kerry Needham.


Mark, along with Greek journalist Maria Kagkelidou, spent many months following up leads hoping to find Ben.  As a result the Calendar team journeyed to Greece with Kerry and her father, following a tip off about a young gypsy man long believed to be Ben by Greek locals.  Unfortunately a blood test proved that he was not Ben, but the hunt continues. Simon captured some excellent footage out there, including the heartbreaking scene as Kerry meets the potential ‘Ben’.


Fifteen other awards were presented celebrating the work of the regional press in their communities.  The Hull Daily Mail was named Yorkshire and the Humber’s top daily newspaper at last night’s regional O2 Media Awards, and also won the award for Editorial Team of the Year and News Reporter of the Year.


Over 150 journalists attended the ceremony held last night, at the Northern Ballet Theatre in Leeds. If you would like to see all the results then visit the O2 Media Awards webpage.


Simon White with his Award

Simon White of Primetime Media, has scooped a prestigious award in the ITV Regions & Nations News Awards 2011. He has worked as a freelance cameraman for ITV Yorkshire for the last 20 years, and on Saturday he collected the Bronze award for ITV Camera Operator of the Year.

Over the years Simon has covered many news stories in Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and across the UK. He has travelled as far afield as Australia and America with his work, most recently visiting Greece to document the efforts to find Ben Needham, 20 years after he went missing from the Island of Kos. Calendar producer Mark Witty has been a driving force in the search for Ben (view earlier entry) , and on Saturday he picked up two awards for their coverage of the Needham’s story – Silver for News Feature of the Year and Bronze for Scoop of the Year.
The Calendar Team celebrate after the ceremony

The Award Ceremony took place in London, and the Calendar team received nine awards in total. This placed them at the top of the league for the first time, in the same year they received the national RTS and regional RTS awards, and last year’s ITV News programme of the year.

Amongst the other winners were Tina Gelder who received a Gold Award for her Special Feature, Ben Irlam won Silver for Specialist Correspondent and Jon Hill received Bronze for Correspondent of the Year.

All at Primetime Media would like to extend our congratulations to Simon and everyone at Calendar for providing first class news coverage for the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire areas.

If you’d like to find out more about Calendar or view local stories then visit For more details about the search for Ben Needham visit


Simon with his nomination

Simon White of Primetime Media has achieved a Royal Television Society nomination at last nights prestigious awards. The RTS Awards are the gold standard of achievement in the television community. Each year the awards ceremony recognises excellence across the entire range of programme making and broadcasting skills.

Simon was entered in the Professional Excellence: Vision and Audio by ITV Yorkshire and was one of only three to achieve a nomination in this category. It is the second prestigious event that Simon has attended this year. In April he was awarded a bronze in the ITV awards for Camera Operator of the Year 2011.

Simon’s recent work, which has contributed to these recognitions for technical ability, includes an undercover feature on the missing boy Ben Needham which lead him and producer Mark Witty across to Greece in 2011. The programme was shown on ITV Yorkshire and on a special national programme.

It was a fantastic night for the Calendar Team who came home with a few trophies.  Mark Witty received an award for Journalist of the Year, a fantastic achievement.  The award for News Coverage was received by Mark Witty for the Ben Needham Story, to which Simon contributed. And congratulations to Danielle Jones who received an award for Professional Excellence in Post Production and Special Effects.


Simon White and Mark Witty in Greece for Calendar's hunt for Ben Needham.

We’d like to extend our congratulations to the Calendar News team for winning the RTS Regional News Programme of the Year for 2010/2011.

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Television Journalism Awards celebrate creative and excellent journalism in UK news and current affairs, both by organisations broadcasting in the UK and by companies which supply UK news broadcasters.

Primetime Media’s cameraman Simon White has been very busy for Calendar all year, and a few stories he provided camera for contributed to the final entry, including descent into Gaping Gill and the hunt for Ben Needham.

The ceremony was hosted last night in London by Mark Austin, who announced Calendar’s success: “The Winner was a selection of highly watchable items from an exclusive Crossbow Cannibal murderer to a trip down Gaping Gill. The winner of the Nations Regional News Programme is Calendar”.

The award was collected by Calendar Producer Margaret Emsley who responded: “Thanks everybody. Thanks to the judges. This is a real honour and privilege. This is for our Head of News who died in January, Will Venters. This is for the whole team. I’m so, so proud and everybody is”.

We are absolutely delighted that Calendar have received this award and have been recognised for their excellent news coverage across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.

You can see all the winners on the RTS Television Journalism Award site. And to find out more about ITV Yorkshire’s award winning Calendar News visit their website.