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CNN Takes Home Two RTS Awards; Deborah Turness Wins Judges’ Award

article_imgThe Royal Television Society, the UK’s organization for all things media, held its annual awards tonight in London. NBC News President Deborah Turness received the Judges’ Award while CNN International was named News Channel of the Year for the second year running, beating out the BBC and Sky News. CNN also won the News Coverage award for their reporting on Typhoon Haiyan.

Turness, above, was honored for her work as head of ITV News as well as at NBC News, which she joined as president last summer. In a note to NBC News staffers, obtained by TVNewser, Pat Fili-Krushel, head of the NBCU News Group, says the judges “recognized Deborah’s energy, competitiveness and popular news sense, all qualities that have quickly become the hallmark of her leadership of NBC News since joining us six months ago.”

See all the winners on the RTS Twitter feed.

(Photo: ITV)

From: Pat Fili-Krushel (NBCUniversal)
Sent: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 6:28 PM
To: @NBC Uni NBC News All
Subject: Congratulations to Deborah

All:

I am delighted to let you know that our own Deborah Turness received the prestigious Royal Television Society’s Judges’ Award this evening in London at their annual RTS Awards ceremony.

Deborah was honored for her remarkable body of work and for setting a high standard of journalism at ITV News, as well as for her appointment as the President of NBC News. The judges also recognized Deborah’s energy, competitiveness and popular news sense, all qualities that have quickly become the hallmark of her leadership of NBC News since joining us six months ago.

As was said in the introduction of Deborah, “from the very start, she was set for the top…and that’s where she got, winning awards and the admiration of her colleagues along the way.”

Please join me in congratulating Deborah on this very well-deserved honor, we will raise a glass in celebration upon her return.

Pat

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