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'Gosh it's almost as good as Leicester City': Julie Etchingham on Presenter of the Year win

ITV News' Julie Etchingham with her RTS Television Journalism Award Credit: ITV News

ITV News' Julie Etchingham has been named Presenter of the Year at the RTS Television Journalism Awards.

Julie pipped Channel 4's Matt Frei and BBC Two's Victoria Derbyshire at the awards ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane in London.

She was awarded for her work on ITV News At Ten, the Tonight Programme and also on the ITV Leaders' Debate in the run up to last year's General Election.

Accepting her award, Julie, who was born in Leicester, said: "Gosh it's almost as good as Leicester City (top of league) - and about as likely.

"Thank you very much indeed judges for this amazing award. It's extraordinary really, I'm in a bit of shock."

ITV News and Consumer Editor Chris Choi also scooped an award.

This was for his coverage in the wake of the deaths of Bobby, six, and his sister Christi Shepherd, seven, who were killed by carbon monoxide poisoning while on a family holiday in Corfu in 2006.

An investigation by ITV News in 2015 found two men found guilty of manslaughter over the deaths were still working for hotels in the Thomas Cook network.

One included a hotel manager who was found to be running a new hotel used by the tour operator.

Accepting the award for Home News Coverage, Geoff Hill, editor at ITV News, said it was down to "good old fashioned journalism" and paid special tribute to Chris Choi.

"Although it is a team award, I think Chris Choi deserves a special mention.

"He's been digging away doggedly as a consumer editor at ITV News and I think this is testament to his incredible investigative journalism."

The RTS Television Journalism Awards recognise creative and excellent journalism by organisations whose broadcasts are transmitted on a UK-based platform.

And, for the first time, those who create online video content from a UK production base.

  • A full list of nominees and winners can be found on the RTS Television Journalism Awards website