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Date: 21/09/2016

Herefordshire-based digital arts charity and media production company, Rural Media, has been nominated in three categories for the 2016 Royal Television Society Midlands Awards.

Rural Media’s recent project Golden Fire, which was supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Heineken, has been nominated in the Best Digital Innovation category.  This smartphone app celebrates Herefordshire’s cider making history and is filled with films, archive footage, photography, oral histories, and tourist information, all designed to guide visitors and locals around the county’s cider producers, growers and festivals.

Rural Media is the Midlands network centre for Random Acts, a national scheme supported by Arts Council England and Channel 4 which enables young artists 16-24yrs to produce their first broadcast standard short film.  Send Her Victorious about a drag queen that hides extreme Islamophobic views has been nominated for the Best New Talent category. The ambitious narrative piece by Ben Norris challenges the preconception that sexual fluidity and liberalism go hand in hand.

Rural Media has been publishing the national magazine and web portal, Travellers’ Times (TT) www.travellerstimes.org , for Gypsies, Roma and Travellers for over 15 years.   TT’s latest film, The Oldest Show on the Road, featuring poet and author, Damian Le Bas, has been nominated for an RTS Diversity Award.  This short powerful film produced in Rural Media’s studios tells the story of a thousand years of Romany Gypsy history.

Royal Television Society Midlands’ Jayne Greene said, “RTS awards are highly prized in the media industry. They are a ‘kitemark’ of excellence.”

Earlier this year Rural Media was awarded a capital development grant by Arts Council England which enabled the organisation to expand its outreach and establish the first broadcast standard facilities in the rural West Midlands. 

Rural Media’s CEO, Nic Millington said, “These three projects nominated for RTS Awards would not have been possible without the capital upgrade that Arts Council’s investment made possible.” 

Arts Council’s Area Director for the Midlands, Peter Knott, said, “We are delighted to hear about Rural Media’s nominations for these three awards.  It is a fantastic achievement and also a good example of the value of Arts Council’s investment into digital infrastructure.”