Technological advancements continued to reduce reliance on film with its laborious processing, prompting BAFTA to introduce an award specifically for Outside Broadcasts in 1964. Throughout the 1970s and into the 80s, advances in technology transformed the business of TV news journalism. As well as live coverage of events, complex news stories now arrived on screen almost instantly, leading to the development of a number of enduring news formats – including Newsnight (1980) and breakfast news on both BBC and ITV (1983). The launch of the BBC Six O’Clock News in 1986 coincided with the introduction of a News or Outside Broadcast Coverage category, won that year by the BBC for their Live Aid coverage.
Image: News correspondent and journalist Trevor McDonald at the British Academy Film and Television Awards in 1980.