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February 1997

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[Broadcast - 14 February 1997]


ITN has issued a High Court writ against Living Marxism magazine (LM). The news provider is suing for libel over 'The Pictures That Fooled the World' - an article about ITN's coverage of the war in Bosnia - which was published in LM's February issue (Broadcast 31.1.97). The magazine has responded by calling for ITN to be stripped of its 1993 Bafta and Royal Television Society awards, which it won for the reports.

ITN in line for triple RTS award win

ITN is certain to win three of the most prestigious 1997 Royal Television Society (RTS) sports and journalism awards, emerging as the only company to make it on to the shortlist in certain categories.

The commercial news provider has the only nominations for best home and international news and for television journalist of the year. ITN has picked up a total of 14 nominations in the 19 categories.

The BBC monopolises the shortlists for live sports coverage and regional current affairs and has most nominations overall, with 17 - seven for the news directorate and five apiece for sports and regional broadcasting.

Channel 4 has seven nominations, Granada four, Carlton three, and YTV, BSkyB and GMT/Reuters TV two each.

Two independent productions have been nominated - Martyn Gregory Films in the home current affairs category for C4's Dispatches: Arming for Admirals, and Vera, Dennis Woolf & Fulcrum Productions' Scott of the Arms Antics - also for C4 - up for best production.

The awards will be held on 27 February at the Hilton.

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