A former Derry Journal reporter has scooped one of the world’s most prestigious television awards for his coverage of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.
Mark McFadden, now with UTV, won the gold medal for journalists at the International Television and Film Awards in the United States this week.
And, in the documentary section, Mark and his executive producer Paul Clarke won the silver medal for their “Bloody Justice” Insight investigation which was broadcast last June on the eve of the publication of Lord Saville’s report into the 1972 massacre.
The awards are organised as part of the New York Film Festival. They were presented this week in Las Vegas to coincide with the annual National Association of Broadcasters’ convention, an event which attracts almost 100,000 television professionals from around the world.
The awards are decided by a grand jury of almost 200 directors, editors, producers, journalists and technicians from thirty countries.
Mark said he was both honoured and humbled by his international achievement.
“To work on projects like this is a great privilege and responsibility but it’s very much a team effort,” he said.
“I can’t believe I’m here in Las Vegas picking up a world award. I know, however, that we’ve won these prizes thanks to the hard work, creativity and passion of all our colleagues at UTV.”
Among those to congratulate Mr. McFadden was Lord Saville who described his achievement as “richly deserved”.
Michael McKinney, whose brother William was shot dead on Bloody Sunday, also congratulated the father-of-three.
He said: “Mark’s constant coverage of the Inquiry brought our campaign into the national and international consciousness.
“The UTV Insight documentary into the issues facing Lord Saville was television journalism at its best and I congratulate them for their wonderful professional achievements.”