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Graduate Joe Foley wins Royal Television Society Award

July 12th, 2017

A former Broadcast Journalism student who graduated from the University of Leeds three years ago with a first class degree, has won a Royal Television Society (RTS) Yorkshire Centre Programme Award.

Joe Foley won the ‘One to Watch’ award which recognises an individual who is at the start of their career but who has demonstrated the desire, skill and determination to go right to the top in the industry.  Entrants must have been working behind the camera or in the production office for less than two years and must be nominated by their employers, mentors or a current industry professional. Joe was nominated by Air Television where he works as a Shooting Researcher.

Announced at a ceremony at The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds on Friday (7 July 2017), the judges said: “Joe truly embodied the spirit of ‘One To Watch’ in that he’s already shown drive, talent and creativity as well as developing an enviable skill set. And we are quite sure we’ll be seeing him at these awards again.”

Made in Leeds was nominated for four awards in the categories of ‘News or Current Affairs Reporter’, ‘News Or Current Affairs Story’ and ‘Single Documentary’ Award. Mark Kielesz-Levine won ‘News or Current Affairs Reporter’. The Regional Head of Production and News at Made Television is Andy Seddon, who also graduated from the University of Leeds three years ago with a first class degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Kate Watkins, Head of TV News Training at the University of Leeds, was a judge for the RTS Awards for the ‘News Programme’, ‘News and Current Affairs Reporter’ , ‘News and Current Affairs Story’ and for the ‘Presenter’ entries.


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