ITV News Central is celebrating after winning the highest number of broadcasting trophies at the ITV Nations and Regions Awards held at the BFI in London this weekend.
The news team won gold for:
- Digital team of the year. This is the third year the Central team has won gold in this category.
- Digital scoop of the year. The article on potentially poisonous dolls being on sale went viral almost a year after it was first published. By analysing the web hits Central followed-up on the phenomenon and found the article was still being widely shared because they were still on sale throughout the UK and parts of Spain. See Central's coverage of the poisonous dolls story.
- Specialist journalist of the year - Peter Bearne, for his work as Education Correspondent. This is the second year Peter has won this category. Watch again Peter's report on the Derby school employing two teachers per classroom.
- News feature of the year - Keith Wilkinson's report on the families of those who received appalling care at Stafford Hospital. Watch again Keith's report.
- General feature of the year - Andy Bevan's report on the inventor of Cluedo. It is the second year Andy has won this category. Watch again Andy's report.
The news team won silver for:
- News performance - year-on-year audience share was up 1.2 points.
- Production award - for effective use of graphics.
- Technical contribution - Engineer James Bell.
The news team won bronze for:
- News report - Callum Watkinson, for a report on an explosion near a mosque in Tipton. Watch again Callum's report.
- Digital coverage - Leicester house fire deaths. The trial is currently ongoing.
- News feature - Callum Watkinson, for his report on the murder of four-year-old Daniel Pelka. Watch again Callum's report.
The most popular award of the night was when production specialist Melissa Kelly was made Newsroom Heroine for all the highly popular social events that she organises in the newsroom and her constant striving for making sure her home town of Heanor in the Amber Valley is well covered on the East Midlands programme and online.