David Dimbleby given RTS lifetime achievement prize

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Dimbleby began working for the BBC as a news reporter in 1961

Veteran broadcaster David Dimbleby has been given a lifetime achievement prize at the Royal Television Society's (RTS) journalism awards.

The Question Time host was described by judges as a "giant of television journalism" at the ceremony in London.

Sky News was named news channel of the year for a second time in a row, while ITV News at Ten was awarded news programme of the year.

Presenter of the year went to Channel 4 newsreader Jon Snow.

Snow, who beat Dimbleby and Sky News's Anna Botting to the prize, was praised by the judges for his "beautifully written and powerfully observed" scripts.

The judges' award went to the BBC, ITV and Sky negotiating teams for the Prime Ministerial Debates in the run-up to last May's General Election.

They said it was a "genuinely historic agreement and in most people's eyes the debates more than lived up to their billing".

BBC Northern Ireland collected both the Nations and Regions Current Affairs and News Event, and Scoop of the Year prizes for Spotlight: The Iris Robinson Investigation.

While Sky's Alex Crawford picked up a second consecutive television journalist of the year prize.

Overall, the BBC and ITV both picked up four awards each on the night, while Sky and Channel 4 each won three.

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