This year's top award in the British T.V. News film Competition went to Ernest Christie?
This year's top award in the British T.V. News film Competition went to Ernest Christie of the BBC, who won first prizes in two of the six categories. First prizes, too, went to Bob Turner and Neil Davis of Visnews, at the ceremony in the Lancaster Hotel tonight (Tuesday) where the awards were presented by Lord Aylestone, Chairman of the Independent Television Authority.
South African Ernest Christie gained the Cameraman of the Year title for his entry in the 'Film Portfolio' category of three films from the Vietnam war 'Riverline Patrol', 'Save the Children' and 'Saigon Street fighting'. The 'River Patrol' entry also came first in the Features News category, while 'Save the Children" came second. All three stories were shot for the BBC's 'Twenty-Four Hours' programme.
Mr. Christie flew seven thousand miles from Hong Kong to be at the Presentation ceremony tonight. 'River Patrol' was shot in the Mekong Delta during an attempt by the American Riverine Patrol to flush out Viet Cong guerrillas.
Neil Davis won the Hard News Silent category with his film of the Manila earthquake. A 34-year-old six-footer from Tasmania, Mr. Davis has been based at Singapore since he joined Visnews in 1964. Much of his time has been spent in Vietnam.
The Hard News, (Sound) award went to London based Bob Turner of Visnews. His winning film was "East London Eviction". 45-year-old Mr. Turner has been with Visnews since 1959. His most notable recent assignments have been to Biafra and to the 'Fearless' talks in Gibraltar.
Presenting the awards, Lord Aylestone spoke of the high standard both of courage and professionalism shown by all the entrants. This is the ninth year of the competition.