The 'Golden Trophy' for best television productions of the past five years has been awarded to RTÉ's Sports Department. Sports commentator Michael O'Hehir accepted the award at the Jacob's Award ceremony on behalf of the RTÉ Sports Department.

After the ceremony Michael O'Hehir chatted to 'Newsbeat' reporter Bill O'Herlihy about the awards, the place of Irish games internationally and the future of sports broadcasting in Ireland. 

To me television is at its best when it's covering something live, like sport.

It is the drama and excitement of live sport that excites O'Hehir. 

When you are looking at live sport.  There is drama there is excitement in every movement because there it the mystery of, well what's going to happen in the end.

Michael O'Hehir believes that television has afforded games such as football and hurling the opportunity to have a wider audience in places that would not previously have known about the GAA. 

The Jacob's television awards ceremony was held on 7 December 1966 and was attended by over five hundred guests from the worlds of politics, television, sports and entertainment.

Other recipients of awards included: Frank Hall, editor of 'Newsbeat'; Lelia Doolan for her production of 'The Plough and the Stars'; Eamonn Keane for his performance in 'When Do You Die Friend'; May Cluskey for her performance in RTÉ soap 'Tolka Row'; Justin Keating for 'Telefis Feirme'; Stuart Hetherington, cameraman; Aindreas Ó Gallchoir for his production 'On Behalf of the Provisional Government' as part of the 1916 commemorative programme; and Michael Viney for his documentary 'Too Many Children'.

The Jacob’s Awards were for many years given for contributions to radio and television. Jacob’s a biscuit manufacturer sponsored the awards from 1962 to 1993.

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 8 December 1966. The reporter is Bill O'Herlihy.