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2016 winner Benjamin Zand

Benjamin Zand is a British-Iranian reporter and filmmaker for the BBC - making short and long-form documentaries. He's worked on a wide-variety of topics, from far-right nationalism to "Preppers" preparing for the end of the world. He presents, films and edits many of his own pieces, making documentaries for BBC Two, BBC News and BBC World News in places around the world - on outlets such as the Victoria Derbyshire programme, BBC Current Affairs and the BBC Travel Show.

 

Benjamin was a key part of the BBC's Video Innovation lab, which is responsible for BBC Shorts, BBC Pop Up and the video wing of BBC Trending. His work is regularly on BBC 2, BBC News and BBC World News, and he's currently working on numerous documentary series for the BBC.

Royal Television Society Young Talent of the Year

Immediately after John’s death, his friends and family instigated  the Royal Television Society Young Journalist of the Year bursary, a prestigious award given to the journalist deemed by the RTS judges to have fulfilled their criteria.

 

Past winners of this award include Faisal Islam (Channel 4 News Economics Editor), Matthew Price (BBC Brussels correspondent) James Reynolds (BBC Tehran correspondent), Hannah Thomas-Peter (Sky News reporter) and, in 2014, Ciaran Jenkins of Channel 4 News.