RTÉ has won two Silver World Medals for its investigative journalism and cookery programming at the prestigious New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards.
The awards honour "The World's Best Work" in news, documentary, information and entertainment programming, with the winners announced at the 2015 TV & Film Gala in Las Vegas last night, Tuesday 14th April.
Fatal Failures, produced by the RTÉ Investigations Unit and aired on RTÉ One, won a Silver World Medal in the Best Investigative Report category. The programme told the story of the deaths of babies Mark, Joshua, Nathan and Baby X, who died as a result of care failures at the Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise. The investigation uncovered internal hospital reports into the deaths of the babies which detailed recommendations that if acted upon may have prevented further babies dying.
Kevin Dundon's Modern Irish Food, produced by RTÉ Cork and aired on RTÉ One, was awarded Silver World Medal - the highest award given in the inaugural food series category beating off competition from some of the world’s leading food television producers and broadcasters. The series was created and produced by RTÉ Cork. It has gone on to be shown coast to coast on the PBS and Create TV networks in the USA and broadcast in Germany, Canada and Spain.
Just pick up an award nice one pic.twitter.com/3QNEPTDt8r— Kevin Dundon (@Kevindundon) April 15, 2015
This is the fifth major USA television award won by RTÉ Cork in two years, as Secrets of the Irish Landscape has already won gold at the Banff Television Festival, New York Television and Film Festival, and the Houston Film and Television Festival. Kevin Dundon’s Modern Irish Food has also won a TASTE Award at the US network’s lifestyle awards in January of this year.
In 2012, Inside Ireland’s Illegal Cigarette Trade won Gold at the New York Television & Film Awards and a year later, Profiting from Prostitution took silver for the RTÉ Investigations Unit. Last year, Risk Factor and Breach of Trust, also produced by the RTÉ Investigations Unit, reached finalist level at the awards. In 2014, Fatal Failures was awarded the prize for Best Production at the GSK Irish Healthcare Media Awards
Speaking about RTÉ’s wins, Channel Controller for RTÉ One, Adrian Lynch said: "We are very proud of the achievements of these two RTÉ One programmes at the New York Festivals International TV & Film Awards. To receive these awards is truly remarkable. I would like to pay tribute to the work of the RTÉ Investigations Unit and RTÉ Cork who continue to produce world class television content and keep Ireland on the map as a major player in global television.”