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.