By arayerevanian 1st December 2022

Last week’s prestigious BAFTA TV awards in London saw FYI, a collaboration between Sky Kids, Sky News, and First News, win a top prize.

an Pyke, Fresh Start Media's head of production, speaking on behalf of the FYI team on their bafta win for their work on the Ukraine war invasion special

Well, what is BAFTA and why does it matter? BAFTA, an acronym for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, is a charitable trade organisation that supports, fosters, and advertises the British industries of film, television, and video games. Through on-stage events, mentoring programmes, and continuing projects, BAFTA collaborates year-round with audiences of all ages and backgrounds to give the general public exclusive access to some of the most inspiring talent in the world.

Fresh Start Media’s special episode of the kids’ news programme about the invasion of Ukraine won the glitzy BAFTA Children and Young People Awards ceremony, which TV and radio broadcaster Lindsey Russell hosted. The awards ceremony honours domestic and foreign children’s and teen media, including games, movies, and television.

The video that won the award was a special programme dedicated to the war in Ukraine. The team investigated and explained why Putin’s Russia invaded their neighbouring country, what actions world leaders implemented to stop the Ukraine war and ways we could help the many refugees escaping the fighting on the front lines such as Kiev (or Kyiv, which is the Ukrainian spelling) which is the capital of Ukraine. Plus, the documentary contains advice on how to cope if the news is upsetting you and your family.

In the non-scripted category, the FYI award was handed over to one of the show’s young presenters, 13-year-old Braydon Bent, by Molly Rainford who currently stars in Strictly Come Dancing.

You can watch the BAFTA-winning show on First News Education TV here. Check out our special report on the Ukraine war too!

Nicky Cox MBE, editor-in-chief of First News & executive producer of Sky News FYI, comments on the exciting announcement: “It is so good to see news programming for children winning a prestigious BAFTA award. It is more important than ever that we reach out to children, as a trusted and reliable source of information when they are living in a confusing online world fueled by misinformation where fake news and fact co-exist. First News is a kids newspaper that talks to children and listens to them, through whatever medium works best for them – with our printed newspaper, with our digital app, with our online video platform – whether at home or at school.

The winners are as follows:

Max Lang & Daniel Snaddon were first-time winners in the Director category, who directed The Snail and the Whale which won the BAFTA for Animation.

Throughout the performance categories, there were two first-time winners. For his work on the CBeebies Presentation, George Webster received the BAFTA for Presenter, and Taiya Samuel won for Young Performer for her part in JoJo & Gran Gran.

For his part in Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth, Chris O’Dowd took up the Performer award.

Content for Change award was won by El Deafo, which tells the story of a young Cece and her inner superhero alter ego El Deafo, as Cece starts to lose her hearing.

The winning Feature Film was the animated film Wolfwalkers.

FYI: Ukraine Invasion Special received the BAFTA for Non-Scripted, and Dodger won for Scripted. The Amazing World of Gumball won the Writer prize.

Hey Duggee received the award for Pre-School Animation, marking its fourth triumph in this division. The winner for the Pre-School Live Action category was Lovely Little Farm.

Bluey, an animated television programme, took first place internationally. The game category was won by Sackboy: A Big Adventure, which had previously won the BAFTA Games Awards in 2021.

The awards were presented by a host of stars and content creators including Alishea Cambell-Drummond, Joseph Coelho, Dani Harmer, Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs, Molly Rainford, Ben Shires, Inel Tomlinson, Amir Wilson, as well as 2022 BAFTA Young Presenter competition winners, Maryam Drammeh and Jeriah Kibusi. The Old Billingsgate in London served as the location for the event.

At its London headquarters in 195 Piccadilly, BAFTA held its inaugural Children and Young People’s Festival this past weekend. Open to the public, the festival weekend was a celebration of content for younger audiences and a showcase of BAFTA’s outreach work and initiatives for young people, to nurture and inspire the budding creatives, filmmakers and talent of tomorrow.

Find out all the ways you can access First News at home and at school!

The FYI team with production company Fresh Start Media's head of production, Ian Pyke and CEO Nicky Cox MBE, also editor of First News, holding the bafta award for their work on the Ukraine war invasion special


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