The Royal Television Society
(commonly known in the television industry as the RTS
) is a British
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-based educational charity for the discussion, and analysis of television
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in all its forms, past, present and future. It is the oldest television society in the world. It currently has fourteen regional and national centres in the UK, as well as branches in the Republic of Ireland
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and the United States
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The group was formed as The Television Society
on 7 September 1927, a time when television was still very much in its experimental stage. Regular high-definition broadcasts did not even begin for another nine years until the BBC
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began its transmissions from Alexandra Palace
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In addition to serving as a forum for scientists and engineers, the society published regular newsletters charting the development of the new medium. These documents now form important historical records of the early history of television broadcasting.
The society was granted its Royal title in 1966, and the current patron is HRH The Prince of Wales
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The society regularly holds meetings and seminars, attended by members of the public and professionals from various areas of the television industry, and it also publishes the monthly magazine Television
, covering a broad range of television topics.
The society's highest profile event is the biennial Cambridge
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Convention. Other prominent events include the annual Fleming, Shoenberg and Huw Wheldon Memorial Lectures, which are delivered by high-profile television figures.
The society also holds a substantial archive of printed, photographic and audio-visual material of value to television historians and scholars.
The Royal Television Society's annual awards are decided by balanced juries of media professionals, with separate juries for individual categories within each of the six groups of Awards:
- Programme Awards
- Television Journalism Awards
- Craft & Design Awards
- Innovation Awards
- Educational Television Awards
- Student Television Awards
Each group of Awards is presented at its own individual ceremony, usually in the first few months of the year.
Regional centres also hold their own award ceremonies.