News | 12 June 2023
Two Cardiff Metropolitan University students have picked up prestigious national television awards for documentaries following sport in Wales.
Ben Cosgrove and Chris Knight, MSc Sport Broadcast graduates, both won at the Royal Television Society Cymru Awards.
Ben, from Pontypridd, was part of the team producing the BBC documentary, ‘Together Stronger’ following the transformation of Wales’ football team leading to the FIFA World Cup 2022, which won the industry award for Best Sports Documentary.
Ben landed the role as researcher at Barn Media, producers of the show, during his studies and, since graduating, is now working with the production company full time.
Ben said: “It was a privilege to tell the story of a team of players I’ve grown up watching and supporting. Although we were quite surprised to receive the award considering the level of deserving nominees we were up against. This recognition encourages me to continue to create this type of meaningful work and push further to improve the quality of stories we are capable of telling.
“I wouldn’t be working for Barn Media or have won an RTS Award if it wasn’t for Cardiff Met’s Sport Broadcast course and course leader Joe Towns. This course has a huge emphasis on storytelling in sport, through many different types of media.”
Chris Knight, also a Sport Broadcast MSc graduate received an award in the best Student Postgraduate category for his documentary on bikepacking in Wales. Chris said: “I’m incredibly proud to win an award at the RTS Awards Wales for my dissertation documentary, ‘Ride the Spine’. A huge thank you to the Sport Broadcast course and Joe Towns for giving me the skillset and platform to make the documentary.”
Joe Towns, Senior Lecturer in the School of Sport and Health Sciences, said: “Both Chris and Ben were stand-out students in what was a very talented class of 2022 cohort on the Sport Broadcast MSc. There were seven Cardiff Met students and graduates shortlisted in the RTS awards this year, and this recognition is testament to the quality of the course.”
The Royal Television Society is an educational charity promoting the art and science of television.
Chris Knight’s film, Ride the Spine, is available to watch on YouTube:
Barn Media’s ‘Together Stronger’ documentary can be watched on the BBC: