News at Ten and World in Action posthumously won the top two prizes at the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards on Tuesday (11 May), calling into question ITV's decision to overhaul
News at Ten and World in Action posthumously won the top two prizes at the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards on Tuesday (11 May), calling into question ITV's decision to overhaul the shows.

ITN's News at Ten was voted programme of the year, while Granada's World in Action won the judges' award.

The replacements for News at Ten and World in Action have both had mediocre debuts in terms of ratings. ITV's The Early Evening News has been consistently outstripped by the BBC's Six O'Clock News, while Tonight with Trevor McDonald saw its ratings fall from 4.9 million to 3.4 million in its second week.

The RTS jury cited 'the consistently high standard' of News at Ten, and spoke of ensuring that 'British television's commitment to serious investigative journalism is not diminished by (World in Action's) passing'.

The BBC was the main winner, picking up six awards compared with three for ITN. The independent sector also did well, bagging three prizes.

The Nine O'Clock News won the news - international category for its scoop, the massacre at Drenica, by foreign correspondent David Loyn, who was credited for his 'courage in slipping through an army cordon thrown around the area of the attack' on civilians in Kosovo. Loyn was also voted television journalist of the year.

Dermot Murnaghan's interview with Peter Mandelson for ITN about his loan from Geoffrey Robinson on The Lunchtime News won the interview of the year prize.

The judges praised Murnaghan for advancing the story, and said: 'The viewer could see the apprehension dawning on the interviewee that he was in more trouble than he thought.' Other awards were:Regional daily news magazine: London Tonight (London News Network for Carlton TV); News award - home: GMTV - Drumcree: Portadown Divided (GMTV/Reuters); News event: Good Friday Agreement (BBC News); Television technician of the year: Nikki Millard (BBC News); Regional current affairs: Frontline Scotland - The Ghost of Piper Alpha (TV6 for BBC Scotland); Current affairs - international: Correspondent Special - The Serbs' Last Stand (BBC News); Current affairs - home: Dispatches - Inside the ALF (David Monaghan for Channel 4).

Production award: Live broadcasts from the Gulf (BBC News Resources Location Facilities); Young journalist of the year: Peter Lane (5 News, ITN); Specialist journalism: Just Television (C4).