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Newsnight’s interview with Prince Andrew named as ‘Scoop of the Year’


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BBC Newsnight’s interview with the Duke of York has been named as ‘Scoop of the Year’ at the Royal Television Society Journalism Awards 2020.

The award was presented to the Newsnight on Wednesday evening following their interview with Prince Andrew broadcast last November.

Judges described the interview as a “world exclusive that was making headlines even before it was broadcast.”

Newsnight Editor Esme Wren collected the RTS Award on behalf of the BBC team.

Ms Wren noted the ‘irony collecting a royal TV award’ for the explosive interview with the Prince.

She said before the interview that ‘either he loses his job’ or they would lose theirs.

The programme also won ‘Interview of the Year’ for the same broadcast. Judges praised its “forensic” questioning and “fine journalistic skill which had a huge impact.”

The journalist who interrogated Prince Andrew, Emily Maitlis, was additionally named Presenter of the Year for the second year running at the RTS Awards.

Following the broadcast of the interview on BBC Two last November, the embattled Duke of York was forced to step aside from all official duties.

The interview was widely condemned as a disaster with the Prince as he attempted to explain his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.