Notts TV wins two Royal Television Society Midlands awards

Notts TV has won two awards from the industry body which recognises excellence in television.

The channel picked up both prizes from the Royal Television Society’s (RTS) Midlands division at a ceremony on Thursday night (November 30).

Video journalist Hugh Casswell won the Broadcast Journalist of the Year award for his coverage of political and social issues at the channel.

Hugh, who has since gone on to work for BBC Nottingham, submitted an entry which featured in-depth coverage of the June General Election in Nottinghamshire, including the Conservatives’ shock victory in Mansfield.

Video journalist Richard Minkley picked up the Outstanding New Talent award for his collection of news reports taking a lighter look at Nottingham life. Richard has since become a freelance video journalist.

The channel was also nominated in the Excellence in Digital Content category for its approach to social media and development of nottstv.com, and presenter Iain Chambers was nominated in the Best On-screen Personality category.

Sports Week, the Notts TV programme which showcases and champions Nottinghamshire sports teams and athletes, from grassroots to Olympic level, was nominated in the Best News Programme category.

Iain, who is also the channel’s head of creative, said: “It’s always great to be recognised for our hard work and content through nominations but to bring home two awards is the icing on the cake.

“Congratulations to Hugh and Richard, who I’m certain will go on to have tremendous success.”

The Notts TV team at the ceremony.

The ceremony at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull, took the channel’s RTS Midlands award nominations total to 15 since the channel was launched in May 2014.

There was also an award on the night for Nottingham Trent University broadcast journalism graduate Anna Butler, who picked up the RTS Midlands student title in the news category for her report Music on Prescription.

The report looked at the role music is playing in helping NHS patients overcome illness and injury, including strokes.