Freesat announces 2014 Free TV Awards shortlist

Freesat announces 2014 Free TV Awards shortlistFreesat, the subscription free TV service, announced today the channels and programmes that have been shortlisted for the Freesat Free TV Awards 2014.

Freesat offers over 200 TV, radio and interactive channels and with more entries than ever before, the 2014 Awards sees 50 shortlisted entries competing across ten categories, which includes one new category for 2014, Best TV Drama.

Now in its sixth year, the Freesat Free TV Awards showcase and celebrate all that’s great about Free TV in the UK. Returning categories from 2013 include Freesat Channel of the Year, Best Children’s TV Programme or Series and Best News Channel. Winners will be chosen by an expert panel of broadcasting industry executives and television commentators www.freesat.co.uk/awards/judges.

Chair of the judging panel Neil Midgley said:

This year has been the Freesats’ biggest and best ever field of entries, across categories ranging from Children’s TV to factual to sitcom. The result is a cracking set of shortlists, reflecting a truly vintage year for free-to-air television in the UK.

Everyone is gripped by their favourite TV dramas – and this year the Freesat Free TV Awards will celebrate the very best with a new category, dedicated solely to British drama. BBC Two’s cult hits The Fall and Line of Duty square up against BBC One’s ratings champion Sherlock, with ITV’s Lucan and Channel 4’s Black Mirror completing a tightly competitive shortlist.

British viewers also have their chance to decide the winners of the Best British TV Soap and Freesat Broadcast Personality of the Year Awards, with online audience voting now open at: www.freesat.co.uk/awards

All winners will be announced at the Freesat Awards ceremony, held in Central London on Tuesday 17th June, with a VIP audience of celebrities, media and broadcasters.

Freesat Free TV Awards 2014 Shortlist:

Freesat Channel of the Year
BBC Two
ITV
Channel 4
Channel 5
CBeebies

Best of British: TV Programme or series
Doctor Who: The Day of the Doctor – BBC One
Sherlock – BBC One
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC one
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV
Downton Abbey – ITV

Best Factual TV Programme or Series
Sincerely F Scott Fitzgerald: A Culture Show Special – BBC Two
Benefits Street – Channel 4
Educating Yorkshire – Channel 4
The Murder Trial – Channel 4
Gogglebox – Channel 4

Best TV Sitcom
Mrs. Brown’s boys – BBC One
Inside No 9 – BBC Two
The Wrong Mans – BBC Two
Birds of a Feather – ITV
Toast of London – Channel 4

Best TV Drama
Sherlock – BBC One
Line of Duty – BBC Two
The Fall – BBC Two
Lucan – ITV
Black Mirror: Be Right Back – Channel 4

Best Live TV Programme
Strictly Come Dancing – BBC One
The Winter Olympics – BBC Two
Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway – ITV
This Morning – ITV
Celebrity Big Brother – Channel 5

Best Children’s TV Programme or Series
1. Strange Hill High – CBBC
2. The Dumping Ground – CBBC
3. Katie Morag – CBeebies
4. Topsy and Tim – CBeebies
5. Fort Boyard – CITV

Best Digital Radio Channel
5 Live sports extra
Absolute 80s
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC World Service
BBC Radio 1Xtra

Best Specialist Channel
BET
CBS Reality
Food Network
Kerrang!
Travel Channel

Best News Channel
Al Jazeera
BBC News
CNN
Radio 5 Live
Sky News

27 thoughts on “Freesat announces 2014 Free TV Awards shortlist”

  1. Good to see a rebranding of these awards with new logo and use of ‘free’, better in terms of promotion.

    Now we’ve got a few more channels on board it would have been good for some of the smaller channels to be given the opportunity to get involved. How about a best of Music channel for example?

  2. It is astonishing that not a single programme from BBC4 has been shortlisted. With it’s mix of films, drama and documentaries it would be my channel of the year.

  3. These awards are a joke and I am sure nobody takes them seriously, so why have them except for back patting. Or is it that we must have them or nobody will take us seriously as an alternative media company.
    Just get on with attracting more channel providers to Freesat , that’s what the majority want according to the comments on this site not award sermonise.

  4. soldierboy001 said:
    These awards are a joke and I am sure nobody takes them seriously, so why have them except for back patting. Or is it that we must have them or nobody will take us seriously as an alternative media company.
    Just get on with attracting more channel providers to Freesat , that’s what the majority want according to the comments on this site not award sermonise.

    These awards do help give the platform a bit of promotion.

  5. I was going to make a flippant remark about BBC Three not being included… but isn’t it surprising (and disappointing) that almost all of the nominations are split between BBC, ITV & C4. It doesn’t say much for all the other channels, does it?

  6. Brian Damage said:
    I was going to make a flippant remark about BBC Three not being included… but isn’t it surprising (and disappointing) that almost all of the nominations are split between BBC, ITV & C4. It doesn’t say much for all the other channels, does it?

    I could easily loose a hundred sd no mark channels just list all the HD next to one another that’s all I ask.

  7. What no BBC 4 ?
    Hardly any of the” nominated” programmes we watch!
    We are considering buying freesat so this doesn’t inspire confidence.

  8. freddo said: What no BBC 4 ?
    Hardly any of the” nominated” programmes we watch!
    We are considering buying freesat so this doesn’t inspire confidence

    Freesat is not responsible for content.

    The same rubbish, give-or-take a few channels, is broadcast on all platforms.

    In my opinion, awards are a fair indication of what NOT to watch, listen to or read. They don’t, however, stop me having Freesat, buying music, reading books or visiting the cinema.

    They are only the opinions of a few people and, as such, are totally irrelevant.

  9. Dave said:
    I see freeview is getting better , why is freesat going backwards ?

    How do you define “better” and “going backwards”?

  10. They d better satart looking at the big picture movies4men cbs reality movie mix cbs action all going to freeviwe

  11. martin said:
    They d better satart looking at the big picture movies4men cbs realitymovie mix cbs action all going to freeviwe

    These channels have been available on the platform for years! They are not ‘going’ to Freeview, they’ve joined Freeview’s line-up of low bitrate, SD TV services as some capacity has been freed up by Price Drop TV moving to the new COM 7 Multiplex.

  12. Freeview does have Communuty HD (upscaled at present) and Aljazeera HD which are not on Freesat. Community SD is on Freesat and does have some good shows so why not the HD upscaled version.There are too many so so SD channels on both platforms +1 +24 in fact anything but new original high quality programming. If all these were stripped away what are we left with. Not that much except too many adverts. Sky has done for much more HD or SD in the short term by paying channels to be not on Freesat.

  13. Neil said: These channels have been available on the platform for years! They are not ‘going’ to Freeview, they’ve joined Freeview’s line-up of low bitrate, SD TV services as some capacity has been freed up by Price Drop TV moving to the new COM 7 Multiplex.

    Ano there on freesat already but the only reason people stuck with freesat was they was different channels on both platforms but now freeview are getting all freesat channels ..

    Also there on freesat is SD aswell so that’s not a argument !!

    I had freesat for years and last year I bought a freeview box and it’s looking good here . Even motors tv here and vutv ano few pound but no contract

  14. Neil said: These channels have been available on the platform for years! They are not ‘going’ to Freeview, they’ve joined Freeview’s line-up of low bitrate, SD TV services as some capacity has been freed up by Price Drop TV moving to the new COM 7 Multiplex.

    Duuuuuuuu

  15. 24 music channels on Freesat v 2 on Freeview. 10 news channels on Freesat v 5 on Freeview. 4 CBS channels on Freesat v 1 on Freeview. 2 Horror channels on Freesat v 0 on Freeview. 8 Kids channels on Freeview v 5 on Freeview
    All the BBC1 and BBC2 regional services available on Freesat v regionalised on Freeview. YouTube HTML5 on Freesat Freetime v 0 on Freeview. Each platform has something the other dosen’t.

  16. Dave of freeview not on freesat, drama on freeview not on freesat yesterday on freeview not on freesat , quest on freeview not on freesat , motors tv on freeview not on freesat , sony movies coming on freeview not on freesat …

  17. Motors TV is a streamed channel.These channels require a expensive compatible receiver (most post 2012 Freeview HD models) and a broadband internet connection. Most cost so not Freeview . Should be called payview. Can’t see Motors staying free for long and certainly not Sony Movies.

  18. admin said:
    It’s amazing what emphasis is put on these chav channels like Dave etc, but each to their own!

    Agree aint they poor.Dave and Yesterday are dire. Quest is the only one I watch sometimes but it’s mainly repeats.

  19. Freesat will always trump Freeview, just as Richard illustrates, with all the extra +1 timeshifts and channels. If they try and cram more and more on to DTT then PQ will ultimately be that dire then jo-public will start to complain.

  20. ADMIN,

    Methinks you should start a site for lovers of freeview, which would save I and other Freesat users from sifting through the same, ” if only Freesat had Dave/Yesterday” rubbish. I have 5 freeview tuners in my house, and cannot receive Dave/Yesterday etc on any of them, which is why only one is ever used twice a day for STV news, but on my Freesat, I can receive the same channels, as every Freesat user.

    ADMIN, keep flying the flag for Freesat, I don’t post often, but look at you site every day to keep up to date.

  21. ASK said:
    ADMIN,
    Methinks you should start a site for lovers of freeview, which would save I and other Freesat users from sifting through the same, ”if only Freesat had Dave/Yesterday” rubbish. I have 5 freeview tuners in my house, and cannot receive Dave/Yesterday etc on any of them, which is why only one is ever used twice a day for STV news, but on my Freesat, I can receive the same channels, as every Freesat user.
    ADMIN, keep flying the flag for Freesat, I don’t post often, but look at you site every day to keep up to date.

    Perhaps admin adds an auto-filter that removes posts with the words Dave, Yesterday, Drama, Really and Quest in them!!

    Whilst we’re talking channels, looks like BuzMuzik has been removed from 505, due to be replaced by Starz TV in the middle of the Month.

  22. soldierboy001 said:
    These awards are a joke and I am sure nobody takes them seriously, so why have them except for back patting. Or is it that we must have them or nobody will take us seriously as an alternative media company.
    Just get on with attracting more channel providers to Freesat , that’s what the majority want according to the comments on this site not award sermonise.

    However, and although they are on the frivolous side, these awards help to generate additional publicity for Freesat and to raise its profile. That, in my view, is a good thing. 🙂

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