The BBC is nominated by rivals for the Royal Television Society awards
The judges said the victory was partly due to the “stinging exclusivity” of Robert Moore’s bold report inside the US Capitol as he followed protesters storming the building.
This story won Breaking News, International News Coverage and Scoop of the Year awards, and Moore was named TV Journalist of the Year.
The jury hailed Moore as “simply brilliant”, demonstrating “quality journalism with incredible craftsmanship, reporting live from the chaos of the attack on the US Capitol while keeping his audience in mind and capturing the ‘history in the making’.
They said of the story: “It is impossible to overstate the remarkable nature of the winning scooper. A reporter and cameraman with an exclusive eyewitness account of a truly historic event – that’s something we rarely see.
“They captured dramatic footage and eloquent interviews, complete with cool, analytical commentary – all under extreme pressure and at great personal risk.”
Awards for Sky News and Channel 4
Sky News beat BBC News to be named News Channel of the Year, and Channel 4’s Krishnan Guru-Murthy was crowned Presenter of the Year. The other nominees were Good Morning Britain’s Kate Garraway and Newsnight’s Kirsty Wark.
Al Jazeera English won the Digital Award for a five-part series that explored loneliness in lockdown.
The other two BBC accolades were the News Coverage Award for a story on Covid and the Nations and Regions Current Affairs Award for a BBC Scotland article on asylum seekers.
Last year BBC News dominated the awards ceremony, with Clive Myrie winning both presenter of the year and journalist of the year. Andrew Marr won Interview of the Year for his interview with the Chinese Ambassador on the Andrew Marr show.
Marr is another BBC journalist to have left the company in recent months.