Royal Television Society
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|England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland|
|HRH The Prince of Wales|
|Sir Peter Bazalgette|
The Royal Television Society, or RTS, is a British-based educational charity for the discussion, and analysis of television in all its forms, past, present and future. It is the oldest television society in the world. It currently has twelve regional and national centres in the UK, as well as a branch in the Republic of Ireland.
The group was formed as The Television Society on 7 September 1927, a time when television was still very much in its experimental stage. Regular high-definition (then defined as at least 200 lines) broadcasts did not even begin for another nine years until the BBC began its transmissions from Alexandra Palace in 1936.
In addition to serving as a forum for scientists and engineers, the society published regular newsletters charting the development of the new medium. These documents now form important historical records of the early history of television broadcasting.
The society regularly holds meetings and seminars, attended by members of the public and professionals from various areas of the television industry, and it also publishes the monthly magazine Television, covering a broad range of television topics.
Major events held by the RTS include the biennial RTS Cambridge Convention, a three day event held at Kings College Cambridge. The convention, chaired by one of the UK's major broadcasters, brings together influential figures from the television industry for a series of stimulating talks.
The RTS also hosts popular Anatomy of a Hit events, which gather together the writers, cast and commissioner of some of Britain's favourite TV shows to discuss what makes them so great. Recent programme discussed have included Sherlock, Doctor Who and Humans.
The society also holds a substantial archive of printed, photographic and audio-visual material of value to television historians and scholars.
The Royal Television Society hosts four national award ceremonies annually:
- Programme Awards
- Television Journalism Awards
- Craft & Design Awards
- Student Television Awards
In addition, the RTS Young Technologist Award is given to this seen as potential future leaders in broadcasting technology. Meanwhile the RTS Pilgrim Awards acknowledge the outstanding work of RTS volunteers.
Regional centres also hold their own award ceremonies.
RTS Futures was launched in 2007 to help people in the early stages of their television careers. It is chaired by media consultant Donna Taberer. Membership to RTS Futures is free. Members have the opportunity to meet with senior industry professionals, such as series producers and commissioners, as well as their peers in the television industry. RTS Futures hosts a wide range of talks and training sessions aimed at helping young people progress in the business. Recent events have included How to be the Best Researcher and the RTS Futures Entry Level Training Fair.
Presidents of the Society
- Lord Haldane of Cloan PC (1927-1928)
- Sir Ambrose Fleming FRS (1928-1945)
- Sir Robert Renwick Bt KBE (1945-1954)
- Sir Vincent Ferranti MC (1954-1957)
- Sir George Barnes (1958-1960)
- Sir Harold Bishop CBE (1961-1962)
- Sir Robert Fraser OBE (1963-1964)
- Sir Neil Sutherland CBE MA FIEE (1965-1966)
- Lord Bowden (1967-1972)
- Aubrey Buxton MC (Lord Buxton MC DL) (1973-1977)
- HRH Duke of Kent GCMG GCVO ADC (1977-1979)
- Sir Huw Wheldon OBE MC (1979-1986)
- Sir Paul Fox CBE (1986-1992)
- Bill Cotton CBE (1992-1995)
- Michael Grade (1995-1997)
- Sir Jeremy Isaacs (1997-2000)
- Will Wyatt CBE (2000-2004)
- Sir Robert Phillis (2004-2009)
- Sir Peter Bazalgette (2010-present)
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