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.

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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.

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Simon with the Olympic Torch during a recent press launch for the 2012 Olympics

All at Primetime Media would like to congratulate our cameraman Simon White for being nominated by ITV Yorkshire as their ‘Camera Operator of the Year’ in the forthcoming ITV Regions and Nations News Awards.

He has also contributed major amounts of footage in three other categories, including News Programme of the Year, News Feature of the Year and Scoop of the Year.

Simon has been very active for Calendar throughout 2010/2011. His shoots have taken him to Greece with Producer Mark Witty on the hunt for Ben Needham, and down in to the caves of Gaping Gill with weather man Jon Mitchell. Simon’s camera work is always of the highest quality and his creative flair make his stories stand out. We are very proud of this recognition from ITV Yorkshire and thank them for their continued appreciation of his work.

The Award Ceremony will take place on April 21st in London and our fingers are crossed for ITV Yorkshire in all their nominated categories.

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