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Jan 19 2012

Freesat Awards 2012

Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service announced today that this year’s Awards are open for entries. Now in its fourth year, the Awards celebrate the very best channels and programming available on Freesat, showcasing the diverse range of choice and quality programming on offer.

Brand new categories for 2012 include Best TV Presenter, Best Live TV Programme and Best New TV Series.

The Awards are free to enter and full details can be found at www.freesat.co.uk/awards. The closing date for entries is Friday 2nd March 2012.

Winners will be announced at the Freesat Awards ceremony in Central London on Wednesday 23rd May in front of an invited VIP audience. The 2011 Freesat Awards saw ITV1, E4, Al Jazeera English and CBBC among those scooping the accolades.

A panel of key figures from the broadcasting and media industry will review nominations in categories ranging from Freesat Channel of the Year to Best News Channel. Chaired by Daily Telegraph media writer Neil Midgley, the judges this year include ITN’s David Mannion, Thinkbox CEO Tess Alps, Aditya Chakrabortty from The Guardian and Wayne Garvie from All3Media.

Freesat Managing Director Emma Scott says:

This is a really exciting year for Freesat, as we’re set to launch our next generation of set top boxes, and we’re delighted to be putting on our fourth channel awards. As with previous years, our judges will be looking for outstanding examples of original, high quality programming that has particularly entertained and impressed the Freesat audience.

The 2012 Freesat Award categories are:

o Freesat Channel of the Year
o Breakout Channel of the Year
o Best TV Presenter
o Best Digital Radio Channel
o Best News Channel
o Best Niche TV Channel
o Best Live TV Programme
o Best New TV Series
o Best Children’s TV Programme
o Best Digital Initiative
o Audience Vote: Entertainment Show of the Year

Please note that entries are now being taken for broadcasters to submit their showreels etc to be entered into the awards, not for the public to vote, we’ll announce when that part takes place.

22 Responses to “Freesat 2012 channel awards open for entries”

  1. admin Says:

    I find the Freesat awards a little too “pat on the back from the industry” for my liking, so I hope should time allow, that I’ll be able to organise a Joinfreesat awards where the winners are voted for by you, the customer/viewer. Makes more sense to me!

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  2. Mark Aberfan Aerials Says:

    Hi Admin,

    I have to agree,
    It would also be nice to have a award for the Installers ! some aknowledgement of this site’s admin & contributors wouldn’t be a bad thing !

    Mark Aberfan Aerials

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  3. Ian Vallender Says:

    Food network uk Best Niche Channel

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  4. Soldierboy 001 Says:

    the response to this page shows the interest people have in award ceremonies zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

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  5. admin Says:

    Soldierboy 001 said:
    the response to this page shows the interest people have in award ceremonies zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

    Yeah, I post it up more as a favour to Freesat, because it is more an industry leading post.

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  6. steve 1 Says:

    If you want to sleep well tonight have a look at this post 5 minutes before you go to bed you will wake up feeling on top of the world

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  7. Al (Original) Says:

    Soldierboy 001 said:
    the response to this page shows the interest people have in award ceremonies zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!

    The problem is its an industry vote. I seem to remember last year the results bearing little to no resemblance to what people on here thought were the best channels. eg. Didn’t ITV win bets quality HD channel last year yet everyone on here thought NHK HD was the best? Don;t remember exactly but in broadest terms, therein lies the problem, the industry voting for themselves.

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  8. Brian Lincoln Says:

    I won’t be following this for the same reason that I don’t watch the Luvvie’s TV Awards, Oscars & Grammies. It’s just the industries self-congratulation, and individuals parading their egos!!

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  9. Saltydawg Says:

    It’s a load of old Tosh….. Let’s all pat ourselves on the back and say how fab we are 8-(

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  10. Steve Says:

    “I find the Freesat awards a little too “pat on the back from the industry” for my liking,”

    Isn’t the same true of virtually every award? Brits, Grammys, Oscars, etc

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  11. admin Says:

    Steve said:
    “I find the Freesat awards a little too “pat on the back from the industry” for my liking,”
    Isn’t the same true of virtually every award? Brits, Grammys, Oscars, etc

    In some respects yes, but if I did some kind of joinfreesat awards for you guys/gals to vote on your favourite channels, receivers etc, it wouldn’t be. At least then the voting will be true and accurate; like many of the polls we’ve run over the years.

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  12. ian Says:

    Its the viewers that matter more than these industry led awards. They are, as Admin has said, nothing more than a self-pat-on-the-back. It looks good but to most, means sod all.
    Now a JoinFreesat.co.uk awards however, that would be viewers/consumer voted for, the viewer saying what they like, it carries more because its public approved.

    Who would present it? Just so long as its not derek500 off DS, or i’ll become Vince from Mongrels, and im unbleeped and uncut baby :-)

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  13. swjoduk Says:

    Best Niche for me was NME TV!! Very bitter about its demise and probably will continue to be for some time yet!!

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  14. Mike Tomkins Says:

    I have recently heard about Freesat. I understand that if you are over 75 years old, Which I am” you can cet freesat for £29.99p. for a limited period. and that this one off price includes installation and that you do not need a satelite dish.
    Can you tell me if the above info. is correct and where I can get further information.
    Many thanks
    Mike Tomkind.

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  15. admin Says:

    Mike Tomkins said:
    I have recently heard about Freesat.I understand that if you are over 75 years old, Which I am” you can cet freesat for £29.99p. for a limited period. and that this one off price includes installation and that you do not need a satelite dish.
    Can you tell me if the above info. is correct and where I can get further information.
    Many thanks
    Mike Tomkind.

    You’ve posted on an unrelated page, so you may not get any responses, but try helpscheme

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  16. Tom E Says:

    Mike Tomkins said:
    I have recently heard about Freesat.I understand that if you are over 75 years old, Which I am” you can cet freesat for £29.99p. for a limited period. and that this one off price includes installation and that you do not need a satelite dish.
    Can you tell me if the above info. is correct and where I can get further information.
    Many thanks
    Mike Tomkind.

    That sounds like freeview mate

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  17. Al (Original) Says:

    @ Mike Tomkins,

    You can get Freesat equipment on the Help Scheme but from memory its considerably more expensive.

    The £29.99 is Freeview.

    BTW a word of warning about the scheme, one of my elderly neighbours had it and paid his money and according to him the installer allegedly refused to put up a new aerial (he allegedly said they didn’t do aerials on Health and Safety grounds – even though the scheme says they do!) and allegedly left him with a box that wasn’t tuned properly. Since the guy came, he allegedly can’t get any tv at all now as the signal allegedly isn’t strong enough from the old aerial.

    He’s not the only person in my area I’ve heard similar stories from, in fact the woman a few doors up from me had hers done, and the guys actually partially demolished her chimney without saying anything and took off leaving house bricks strewn all down her roof at the back (I saw this one with my own eyes). Within a week the new aerial had fallen off the remains of the chimney and she had to get a builder in to repair the chimney and someone else to refit the aerial at her own expense! I’m led to believe this was also a help scheme installer although I don’t know for definite.

    Thirdly my immediate neighbour at one side had an aerial put up, I believe also under the scheme, and although it works, the quality is rubbish, its thin wire and bent already. (The reflector was bent when they actually put it up!) . You can see movement in the wind in the aerial itself.

    By contrast my neighbour the other side bought and put his own up (obviously not an option for everyone unless you’re young and not afraid of heights and have the necessary roof ladders / experience to get up there), but his is thick Alu and rock solid and quality by comparison.

    I have to say I’m not a fan of schemes that leave equipment choice to the installer (as they usually all do), as there are some installers who see it as an easy buck and even those that don’t often tend to fit the very cheapest equipment so they make the most money.

    On my mother’s house, I put her Freesat in rather than have the help scheme do it because I just knew she’d get a cheap dish and a Bush box and for only a bit more I knew I could do her the Humax Foxsat, with quality cable and Cablecon waterproof connectors.

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  18. Griff Says:

    admin said: You’ve posted on an unrelated page, so you may not get any responses, but try helpscheme

    If you are in an area where the Freeview signal is weak then it could be Freesat. It certainly was for my mother in law who got a Freesat package fo £30 through the help scheme.

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  19. steve 1 Says:

    General inquiry admin do you think it would be a good idea to have a separate posting area of your site for general freesat questions so we don’t fill up your other posts and last chance of having them binned?

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  20. admin Says:

    steve 1 said:
    General inquiry admin do you think it would be a good idea to have a separate posting area of your site for general freesat questions so we don’t fill up your other posts and last chance of having them binned?

    It’s being considered, just need to work out the best way without creating even more work moderating it. It’s on the list :)

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  21. steve 1 Says:

    I have a humax pvr did anyone else have problems with missed recordings last night my girlfriend was upset because it recorded only half of emmerdale 7.15 to 7.30 pm and totally missed the restoration man on ch4 is it my recorder or the broadcasters fault?anyone else

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  22. admin Says:

    2012 Freesat Awards Judging panel:

    - Tess Alps, Chief Executive, Thinkbox

    - Nick Bampton, Commercial Sales Director, Channel 5

    - Aditya Chakrabortty, Economics leader writer and columnist, The Guardian

    - Lorna Cooper, TV Editor, MSN TV

    - Phil Critchlow, Founding Director, TBI Media

    - Wayne Garvie, Managing Director, International Production, All3Media

    - David Mannion, Special Advisor to the CEO, ITN and former editor-in-chief of ITV News

    - Nicola Methven, TV Editor, Daily Mirror

    - Ben Preston, Editor, Radio Times

    - James Rea, Group Head of News, Global Radio

    - Richard Sambrook, Global Vice Chairman and Chief Content Officer, Edelman

    - Greg Sanderson, Commissioning Executive, Music and Arts, BBC

    - Emma Scott, Managing Director, Freesat

    - Layla Smith, Controller of Entertainment, ITV

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