RTÉ: What We Won in 2021

RTÉ One’s powerful two-part documentary Redress: Breaking the Silence was the overall winner in the Justice Media Awards Broadcast TV category. The programmes were produced by RTÉ’s Factual Unit team of Máire Kearney, Mick Peelo and Shelia Ahern, and executive produced by Liam McGrath and Colm O’Callaghan.

RTÉ Prime Time also received two Justice Media Awards merit awards for reports by Barry Cummins and producer, SallyAnne Godson in the Broadcast TV and International Justice categories. Prime Time’s report Guardian of the Peace was a special report on the longest ever murder trial in the history of the state following the killing of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe. The Irish People Smugglers by Prime Time reported on the shocking discovery of young Vietnamese migrants in a container in Essex.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta was crowned Station of the Year, and RTÉ received a number of awards for excellence at the 2021 Celtic Media Festival in the Arts, Factual Series, Radio Drama and Single Documentary categories.

RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta also took home the prize for Radio Series of the Year for magazine programme Barrscéalta and most articulate broadcaster for Gormfhlaith Ní Thuairisg at the Oireachtas Media awards, Gradaim Chumarsáide an Oireachtais, held in Farmleigh in October. Northern Ireland Correspondent for the station, Póilín Ní Chiaráin, was also presented with an Honorary Lifetime Award.

RTÉ won 29 IMRO awards, including 11 golds, in October across RTÉ Radio 1, RTÉ 2fm, RTÉ lyric fm, Raidió na Gaeltachta and RTÉjr Radio as our radio programmes and presenters were recognised by their peers in news, music, current affairs and entertainment.

Normal People, Dancing with the Stars, Abbeyfealegood, RTÉ Investigates and David Brophy’s Unsung Heroes, all broadcast on RTÉ, were winners at the RTS Ireland Television Awards in March.

GunPlot from RTÉ Documentary On One, was selected by Apple in their ‘Best of 2021’ coverage in Ireland which recognises some of their favourite and most popular podcasts of the year. In October, GunPlot won Gold in the Podcast of the Year category at the island of Ireland IMRO Radio Awards 2021.

RTÉ were the winners of two awards at the Water Safety Ireland National Awards – in the National TV and National Radio award categories. RTÉ News reporter, Sharon Tobin won the National TV Broadcaster Award, while RTÉ Documentary On One – Miracle on Galway Bay (produced by Lorna Siggins and Sarah Blake) won the National Radio Broadcaster Award.

RTÉ programmes, including Documentary on One (RTÉ Radio 1), Drama on One (RTÉ Radio 1) and RTÉ lyric fm, won 24 prestigious awards at the 2021 New York Festivals International Radio Awards.

RTÉ’s Creative Team received three ICAD (Institute of Creative Advertising and Design) Awards, two for The Young Offenders Graffiti Campaign (Branded Social Post category and the Earned Media Campaign category) and in the Outdoor Campaign category for the RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners First campaign.

I’m Fine, the RTÉ Player Original documentary series, won the Mental Health Broadcasting category at the 2021 Mental Health Media Awards.