Award for C4's veteran newsman

Snow, the humble hack, wins top Bafta prize

BaftasVeteran broadcaster Jon Snow thanked those who awarded him the Bafta Fellowship last night before humbly claiming he was “just a hack”.

The Channel Four News anchorman, whose notable interviews include Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama, picked up the award for “outstanding and exceptional contribution” to the film, television and games industry.

Snow said he was “genuinely overwhelmed”, adding: “there is no greater recognition than that of one’s own industry.”

In his acceptance speech he paid tribute to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher for the creation of Channel Four.

His career began at LBC Radio in 1973, before he joined ITN in 1976 as its Washington correspondent. He has presented Channel 4 News for more than 25 years and has been nominated for a Bafta on seven occasions.

The fill list of winners:


Leading actress Georgina Campbell, Murdered by My Boyfriend, BBC3

Leading actor Jason Watkins, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, ITV

Supporting actor James Rea, The Honourable Woman, BBC2

Supporting actress Gemma Jones, Marvellous, BBC2

Entertainment programme Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV

Soap and continuing drama award Coronation Street, ITV

Drama series Happy Valley, BBC2

Mini-series The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies, ITV

Single drama Marvellous, BBC2

International True Detective, HBO

Comedy and comedy entertainment programme The Graham Norton Show, BBC1

Male performance in a comedy programme Matt Berry, Toast of London, Channel 4

Female performance in a comedy programme Jessica Hynes, W1A, BBC2

Scripted comedy The Detectorists, BBC4

Entertainment performance Ant and Dec, Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, ITV

News coverage Sky News Live at Five

Features Grand Designs, Channel 4

Factual series Life and Death Row, BBC3

Single documentary The Paedophile Hunter, Channel 4

Sport and live event WW1 Remembered – From the Battlefield and Westminster Abbey, BBC2

Current affairs Dispatches: Children on the Front Line, Channel 4

Specialist factual Grayson Perry: Who Are You?, Channel 4

Radio Times audience award Sherlock, BBC1

Reality and constructed factual The Island With Bear Grylls, Channel 4

Special award Clive James

Special award Jeff Pope, writer and producer

Fellowship Jon Snow, Channel 4 News


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