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.



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Joanna White with her class, and instructor

Primetime’s Joanna White has been awarded 100% in her SUAV drone operators license training this week, only one of small handful to do so with Rusta at Lincoln.  This fulfils the first of three qualifying tasks, with the generation of an operators manual next and a final flight test at the old RAF Swinderby.

Joanna said: “Taking the theoretical examination and studying towards this pass has really opened my eyes to the complexities of owning and operating drones commercially.  As a private pilot I have often considered UAVs as a dangerous hazard to low flying light or military aircraft – so participating in this course has been reassuring.  I think in the long run I’d be happier if these safety courses were compulsory for all drone owner/operators so we can avoid many of the dangerous incidents regularly reported on national news.  I’m very excited to be taking this course, and naturally delighted to have scored 100% in my exam – though pressures on to make sure the rest of my submissions and flight test are equally to that standard.”

Once completed Primetime Media will be able to offer commercial drone video and surveillance operations to our clients at very competitive rates, so please do get in touch to discuss the possibilities with Joanna.

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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.

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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
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