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Celebrating Midlands’ Media Talent

The Royal Television Society (RTS) Midlands Centre has announced the shortlist for its 2009 Awards, celebrating the region’s top media talent.

A total of 44 individuals and productions feature in the shortlist, across 11 different categories including Best Digital Innovation, Best New Talent, Best Entertainment and Best Production Craft Skills.

Two additional awards, Best Independent Programme and Best Regional Programme, have also been selected by the judging panel. The winners will be announced at an all-star awards presentation to be held at the Town Hall, Birmingham on Thursday 29 October, hosted by Channel 4 News Anchor, Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Developed in partnership with regional screen agency, Screen WM, the RTS Midlands Awards 2009 has been re-vamped to include new categories that reflect the changing nature of output and content production in the region. For the first time, tickets to the event are also available to members of the public.

Entries were assessed by a panel of 20 judges from across the media industry, including Barney Choudhry, BBC News, Steve Teague, ITV, Claire McCardle, 4iP, and Sarah Jane Mee from Sky.

Chair of the RTS Awards Committee, Isabel Clarke, said: “The RTS Awards have always been regarded as a highlight in the media industry calendar, and winning a coveted award is a great mark of recognition for the talented companies and individuals across the Midlands region.

“With support from Screen WM, we’ve worked hard this year to ensure that the Awards are truly reflective of the changing media environment that we are working in. This year’s awards evening promises to be better than ever, and by opening the event to the public we can bring the fantastic work of our region to an even bigger audience.”

For more information and to book tickets to the event visit http://www.rts.org.uk and for press enquiries contact Ruth Ward at Rewired PR on 0121 236 1232.

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