A former student at a Fylde school has been praised after his team won a prestigious award for its coverage of a major news story.
Earlier this month, Richard Frediani, a former King Edward VII student and now programme editor for ITV News, scooped a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for News Coverage in 2014.
The ceremony, held at the Theatre Royal in Covent Garden, London, saw his team collect the prize for their coverage of the Woolwich Attacks in London in May 2013, when Drummer Lee Rigby, of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was brutally attacked and killed by Michael Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale.
Richard, 47, who hails from Penwortham, picked up the award with colleagues including presenters Mark Austin and Julie Etchingham. He said: “I’m honoured to be part of the ITV news BAFTA TV Awards 2014 news winners.
“It was an amazing night, with the award involving a huge team effort.”
The prize is his second BAFTA following work earlier in his career.
Before joining the ITV news team, he had an editing role at ITN covering war zones and the World Cup in Japan, before taking over as Head of News at Granada in his native North West.
The crowning glory of his time at Granada came in 2007, when it became the first regional news programme to win a BAFTA for its half-hour special on the cockling tragedy at Morecambe Bay, when 23 Chinese pickers died.
In the team’s acceptance speech, Julie Etchingham said: “Of course, programmes like this only get made with a team of extremely talented people and I would like to thank our team, including Richard Frediani.”
Fellow presenter Mark Austin added: “First and foremost, our team’s thoughts are with the family of Drummer Lee Rigby.”