BBC fails to win award for coverage of South Yorkshire Police raid on home of Sir Cliff Richard

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The BBC failed to win an award for its controversial coverage of a South Yorkshire Police raid on the home of Sir Cliff Richard.

The star hit the headlines when detectives investigating an allegation of sexual assault in Sheffield searched his Berkshire apartment in August while a film crew from the BBC recorded the operation.

That coverage was nominated for Scoop of the Year at the Royal Television Society’s television journalism awards but the gong went to BBC Northern Ireland for Spotlight - A Woman Alone With The IRA.

Following the raid, Sir Cliff was interviewed by detectives investigating a claim of a sex crime involving a young boy, but he was not arrested or charged.

MPs branded South Yorkshire Police ‘inept’ over their handling of the raid.