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Emily Maitlis bags TV news presenter of the year gong at for her bombshell Prince Andrew interview

Newsnight's Emily Maitlis was last night named Royal Television Society's news presenter of the year for her bombshell Prince Andrew interview.

In a triumphant night for the BBC's flagship show, it also picked up daily news programme of the year and the Andrew interview was named scoop of the year.

Maitlis defeated ITN's Tom Bradby, who secured the revealing interview with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, and Victoria Derbyshire, who was nominated despite her show being axed by the BBC.

In announcing Maitlis as the winner of presenter of the year, judges said: 'In a year of political chaos, her nose for nonsense led to bruising encounters with politicians and her interview with a member of the Royal family will live on in history.'

Stepping out: Victoria Derbyshire arrived at Park Lane's Hilton Hotel on Wednesday evening showcasing her quirky style in a pastel colour block dress

The competition: Victoria's nomination for Victoria Derbyshire Programme will see her pit against [L-R] Tom Bradby of ITV News and Emily Maitlis of Newsnight

Newsnight's bombshell interview with Andrew at Buckingham Palace made headlines around the world, was branded a 'car crash' for the prince and was followed by his withdrawal from public duties.

Overall, the BBC won 10 of the 19 categories during the ceremony in London, followed by Sky News on five.

For Sama, the Oscar-nominated documentary, won in the international current affairs category.

Judges praised the Bafta-winning film as 'outstanding', adding that co-director and narrator Waad Al-Kateab old her story, combining the intimate with the macro, with breathtaking courage, stamina and determination. Already a winner of many awards, here is another'.

Broadcast journalist Christiane Amanpour won the outstanding contribution award.

Quirky: She's nominated for Network Presenter of the Year at the 2020 RTS Television Journalism Awards

Retaliation: Victoria hit back at BBC News' editorial director Kamal Ahmed earlier this month, after he hailed the corporation for its original journalism, despite her own programme being cancelled 

Low blow: Ahmed shared a post about a probe by the flagship current affairs programme that had resulted in the Government announcing measures to ban putting children under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation

Don't mess with Derbyshire: She retweeted Ahmed's tweet urging him to reconsider the BBC closing down her programme - which won a Bafta in 2017 and has been nominated for several awards

The awards ceremony, which was hosted by Sky News presenter Anna Botting, seeks to recognise creative and excellent journalism by organisations whose broadcasts are transmitted on a UK-based platform, or who create online video content from a UK production base.

Simon Bucks, Chair, RTS Television Journalism Awards, said, when the nominees were announced: 'The quality of entries this year has been better than ever. With such a high bar, competition to reach the short list was hotly contested and all the nominees in every category would be worthy winners.'

Derbyshire hit back at BBC News' editorial director Kamal Ahmed earlier this month, after he hailed the corporation for its original journalism, despite her own programme being cancelled.

The presenter told him to 'reconsider the decision to close our programme then' after he tweeted his praise for a Newsnight investigation.  

Arrival: The ensemble was designed in pink, purple and green, with puffed shoulders and sleeves and a black sash around the waist

He had shared a post about a probe by the flagship current affairs programme that had resulted in the Government announcing measures to ban putting children under the age of 16 in unregulated accommodation.

Ahmed wrote: 'Investigations matter. Original journalism matters.'

Victoria discovered that her show was being axed as part of a string of cuts when it was reported in a newspaper before the official announcement was made last month.

Nominated: The nomination comes after her show was axed by the BBC at the beginning of the year - surely making her appearance at the ceremony on Wednesday bittersweet

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She has since made her feelings known about her programme's cancellation, and has condemned the BBC's claims that it pulled the show off air because it had failed to grow its live audience.

During a briefing to BBC staff about the cost-reduction cuts, she tweeted: 'We were NEVER asked to grow the linear TV audience. Ever. We were asked to grow our digital audience - we did - our digi figures are huge (our successful digital figures appear to be an inconvenience to those making the decisions).'

Hitting back: The presenter told him to 'reconsider the decision to close our programme then' after he tweeted his praise for a Newsnight investigation

Lauded: Newsnight was granted a rare audience with Prince Andrew in December, helmed by Emily Maitlis, about his links to Jeffrey Epstein

Candid: Tom Bradby fronted Harry & Meghan: An African Journey, which caused waves when it was broadcast in 2019

She added: 'Our remit when we were set up: 1. Original journalism 2. Reaching underserved audiences 3. Growing the digital figures We achieved all 3.'

Her show began in 2015 and broadcasts live on BBC Two and the BBC News channel every weekday from 10AM.

The programme won a Bafta in 2017 and has been nominated for several awards, including the RTS presenter prize for which she stepped out on Wednesday. 

No holds barred! Victoria, pictured on her show last month, had no qualms about confronting the chief of BBC News

Taking no prisoners: She live tweeted from a briefing to BBC staff about the cuts to the news division as part of a cost-reduction drive

RTS TELEVISION JOURNALISM AWARDS WINNERS 2020

Breaking News

Turkey's Incursion into Syria - CNN International

Hong Kong - BBC Newschannel

WINNER: Hong Kong Protesters Storm Legislative Council - CNN International

Camera Operator of the Year

Ben Martin - Channel 4 News 

Mstyslav Chernov - Associated Press

WINNER Wang Xiqing - BBC News for BBC One

Current Affairs – Home

Panorama - Undercover Hospital Abuse Scandal - BBC Panorama for BBC One

Exposure - The Priory: Teenage Mental Health Uncovered - Hardcash Productions for ITV

WINNER Spotlight on The Troubles: A Secret History - BBC NI for BBC Four and BBC One Northern Ireland

Current Affairs – International

This World - One Day in Gaza - BBC Current Affairs London for BBC Two

Exposure - Undercover: Inside China's Digital Gulag -Hardcash Productions for ITV

WINNER For Sama - Channel 4 News/ITN Productions for Channel 4 and PBS Frontline

Daily News Programme of the Year

News at Ten - ITN for ITV

BBC News at Ten - BBC News for BBC One

WINNER Newsnight - BBC Two

Digital Award

WINNER Why are transgender people self-medicating? - Sky News for Snapchat Discover and YouTube

Modern Masculinity - Men need meaning and responsibility - The Guardian for The Guardian/YouTube

Uncovered - Mexico Femicide - ITN for Online

Interview of the Year

Harry and Meghan: An African Journey - Duchess of Sussex - ITN Productions and ITV News for ITV

Andrew Neil interviews Boris Johnson - BBC News for BBC One

WINNER The Prince Andrew Interview - Newsnight

Nations and Regions Current Affairs

The Pub Bombings - BBC Birmingham for BBC England

Spotlight - Paisley in Paradise - BBC Northern Ireland

WINNER Disclosure: Who Killed Emma? - BBC Scotland for BBC One Scotland

Nations and Regions Presenter of the Year

Mark Carruthers - The View; Sunday Politics NI; Election 2019 - BBC Northern Ireland

WINNER Riz Lateef - BBC London for BBC One

Tony Morris - ITV News - Granada Reports

Network Presenter of the Year

WINNER Emily Maitlis - Newsnight - BBC Two

Tom Bradby - ITV News - ITN for ITV

Victoria Derbyshire - Victoria Derbyshire Programme - BBC Two and BBC Newschannel

News Channel of the Year

BBC Newschannel

CNN International

WINNER Sky News

News Coverage - Home

Britain's Hidden Children's Homes - Newsnight

The Murder of Lyra McKee - Channel 4 News 

WINNER The Death of Molly Russell - BBC News for BBC One

News Coverage – International

The Migrant Crisis: Death on the Channel - ITV News 

Inside Syria - Channel 4 News 

WINNER The Missing Muslims of Xinjiang - BBC News at Ten 

News Technology

Click 1000 - BBC Click 

Vote Coder - BBC News

WINNER First Lives from the Deep - Sky News and Associated Press

Scoop of the Year

Undercover with the Clerics: Iraq's Secret Sex Trade - BBC News Arabic for BBC News and BBC Two

Harry Dunn - Sky News

WINNER The Prince Andrew Interview - Newsnight 

Specialist Journalist of the Year

Alex Crawford - War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity - Sky News

Dan Rivers - ITV News

WINNER Rohit Kachroo - ITV News 

Television Journalist of the Year

Gabriel Gatehouse - Newsnight

WINNER Nima Elbagir - CNN International

Stuart Ramsay - Sky News

Young Talent of the Year

Ben Hunte - BBC News for BBC One

WINNER Martha Kelner - Sky News

Yousra Elbagir - Channel 4 News

Nations and Regions News

ITV News London - Domestic Abuse: The Crime Behind Closed Doors - ITN for ITV

BBC Look North (Yorkshire) - Floods November 2019 - BBC Yorkshire for BBC One

WINNER BBC South East Today - Shoreham Special programme - BBC South East for BBC One