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Cliff Richard raid and Fake Sheik nominated for Scoop of the Year at Rts awards

30 January 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

The BBC's coverage of the raid on Sir Cliff Richard's house has been nominated for Scoop of the Year at the Royal Television Society Television Journalism Awards 2013/14.

The singer's home was searched by South Yorkshire Police in August following allegations of historical sex abuse - claims that have been described as as "completely false" by Richard.

Both the BBC and South Yorkshire Police were criticised over the coverage, prompting a Home Affairs Select Committee inquiry. The report stated that police should not have cooperated with the BBC after a journalist discovered information about the search.

The coverage is up against Panorama's Fake Sheikh Exposed documentary, along with BBC Northern Ireland's A Woman Alone With The Ira.

The Panorama special centred around Mazher Mahmood, who had exposed various individuals in the tabloids while posing as a fake sheikh. The documentary arrived after he was accused of "serious misconduct »

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