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25 February 2021 - John Ryley (Blackwater 1975-80) wins RTS Television Journalism 'Outstanding Contribution' award

John Ryley (Blackwater 1975-80) has won the Outstanding Contribution award at the Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards 2021.

John, who is Head of Sky News, has had a 37-year career in broadcast journalism, and has worked for the three major UK broadcasters, the BBC, ITN and Sky.

Chair of the Awards, Simon Bucks, said: 'The Outstanding Contribution award goes to a journalist who really has done what it says on the tin – effected genuine change in our business. I have witnessed it first-hand over 30 years... His style is innovative, idiosyncratic. His integrity, influence and authority, colossal.'

In his acceptance speech at the virtual awards ceremony, John said that luck had played an enormous part in his career. In his early days in local radio he learned the importance of accuracy, at the BBC in the late 1980s he learned the importance of impartiality, and at ITN's News at Ten in the early 1990s he learned the power of distinctive, eyewitness reporting. At Sky he says he has learned the importance of challenging the status quo.

The biggest lesson he has learned is that it is not the strongest or the most intelligent that succeed but those prepared to adapt and change.

He also stressed the importance that black and Asian people have in TV news, not just on screen, but also those making decisions behind the scenes, saying 'Luck in television journalism still too often favours the white and middle class. Young people from ethnic minorities need far more than only luck to succeed. They need advice, support and opportunity to get on in our trade, and they need our respect: respect for the new ideas and new skills they can offer us, so please, give it to them.'

Paying tribute to his wife Harriet, who died last winter, John concluded by dedicating the award 'to all those who keep the home fires burning, leaving us to go to work to focus on what we all must cherish - accurate, impartial, original journalism.'

To view the presentation of the award, please click on this link: RTS Television Journalism Awards 2021 which will take you to the start of the section on John at 23 minutes in.


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Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures

A new fully-illustrated souvenir book, Eastbourne College: 150 years in pictures, is now available to buy from the Eastbournian Society.

Exploring the history of the College with a series of themes, covering art, buildings, the cadet force, chapel, charity, drama, houses, personalities, science, sport, the war years and much more, the book is packed with photographs and drawings sourced from the College archives.

With a soft cover and 108 pages it is available to buy for just £5.00.

You can buy it in person from the Eastbournian Society office or the school shop, or order a copy to be posted to you.

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Contact David Blake at 01323 452262 or drblake@eastbourne-college.co.uk .

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