Royal Television Society (commonly known in the
television industry as the RTS) is a British-based society for the discussion, analysis and
preservation of television in all its
forms, past, present and future.
It is the one of the oldest
television societies in the world. It currently has fourteen regional and
national centres in the UK, as well as branches in the Republic of
Ireland, Canada and the
The group was formed as The Television Society
7 September 1927
time when television was still very much in its experimental stage.
high-definition broadcasts did not even begin for another nine
years until the BBC began its transmissions from
Palace in 1936.
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
The society regularly holds meetings and seminars, attended by
professionals from various areas of the television industry, and it
also publishes the monthly magazine Television
, covering a
broad range of television topics.
society's highest profile event is the biennial Cambridge 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 a jury
of industry 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 sometime during the first few months of the year.
Regional centres also hold their own award ceremonies.
In 2007 RTS Futures was launched for young people interested in
television. RTS Futures holds regular events and has an interactive
website featuring exclusive content, discussion and debate.