Shortlist announced for Freesat Awards 2013

Freesat Awards 2013Freesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, announced today the channels and programmes that have been shortlisted for the Freesat Awards 2013. Now in its fifth year, the Freesat Awards showcase and celebrate the TV that Britain loves.

The 2013 Awards see 52 nominees competing across ten categories. Brand new awards this year include Best TV Sitcom, Best Factual TV Programme or Series and Best Coverage for a Major News Event.

Neil Midgley, chair of the judging panel said

This year the Freesat Awards will celebrate even more of the best of British TV, with two new categories for factual programmes and sitcoms. The shortlists include so many hit shows – such as Exposure, Twenty Twelve, Great British Bake Off and Fresh Meat – that it’s impossible even to guess who’ll win. And that’s not forgetting last year’s brilliant coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics from the BBC and Channel 4, who have received three nominations.

The great British viewing public also have their chance to decide the winners of the Best British Soap and Freesat Personality of the Year Awards, with online public voting now open at:

Winners will be announced at the Freesat Awards ceremony, held in Central London on Wednesday 10th July, with a VIP audience of celebrities, media and broadcasters, hosted by comedian and actress Sally Phillips.

Freesat Awards 2013 Shortlist:

1. Best of British: TV Programme or Series

BBC One – Miranda
BBC One – Call The Midwife
BBC Two – Richard II: The Hollow Crown
ITV – Broadchurch
ITV – Scott and Bailey
Channel 4 – Richard III: The King In The Car Park

2. Best Digital Radio Channel

Absolute Radio
Insight Radio
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 5 live Olympics Extra

3. Best Factual TV Programme or Series

BBC One – Africa
BBC Two – Great British Bake Off
BBC Three – Our War
BBC Four – Rome: A History of the Eternal City
ITV1 – Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile

4. Best Specialist Channel

Food Network UK
Horror Channel

5. Best Children’s TV Programme or Series

CBeebies – Get Well Soon
CBeebies – Tree Fu Tom
CBeebies – Octonauts
CBBC – Wolfblood
CBBC – The Dumping Ground
CBBC – My Life: Breaking Free
CBBC – Incredible Edibles: Gutbusters
Channel 5 – Milkshake Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom

6. Freesat Channel of the Year

BBC Four

7. Best Live TV Programme or Series

BBC One – London Olympics 2012
BBC One – Strictly Come Dancing
ITV – Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
ITV – Daybreak
Channel 4 – London 2012 Paralympic Games
Channel 5 – Celebrity Big Brother

8. Best TV Sitcom

BBC One – Miranda
BBC One – Mrs Brown’s Boys
BBC Two – Twenty Twelve
ITV2 – Plebs
Channel 4 – Fresh Meat

9. Best News Channel (Radio and TV)

BBC News
BBC World Service
BBC Radio 5 live

10. Best Coverage for a Major News Event on Radio or TV

Channel 4 News – Lord Rennard
BBC News – Syria
BBC Radio 5 Live – Lance Armstrong
ITV News – Jimmy Savile
Channel 5 News – US Presidential elections
euronews – Vatican
ITV Granada Reports – Hillsborough: The Truth At Last

53 thoughts on “Shortlist announced for Freesat Awards 2013”

  1. Is it me or are things quiet on the Freesat front. Nearly half way through the year and no HD news.

  2. Neil said: Sky send Now and Next so the ‘Test Event’ is a Sky EPG thing, Freesat’s EPG data is encoded in to the DVB TS and separate. A lot of FS STB’s in ‘non freesat’ mode look only at Now and Next.
    Has STV HD ever had Now and Next (Sky) EPG data before now??

    not that I can recall. Where do I get the dvb Ts data from.

  3. r.crichton said: not that Ican recall. Where do I get the dvb Ts data from.

    TS being Transport Stream, ie the Multiplexed stream carrying all the services. Harry, what software are you using to diagnose all the EPG data, is it DVB viewer?

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