Eutelsat hands out 14 Hot Bird Awards

November 23, 2009

CCTV’s International English channel CCTV-9, Sky News TG24 (Italy) and Yes Italia were amongst the winners at the Hot Bird TV awards, which were handed out at a festive ceremony in Venice, Italy, where more than 150 TV channels from over 20 countries gathered for the occasion.

CCTV-9 won the Eutelsat Special Award, for its innovation in programme production and arrangement, as well as its introduction and promotion of China to the world. Yes Italia, a new channel from public broadcaster RAI, won a prize in the ‘National Window’ section, while the Italian Sky news channel TG24 was awarded the ‘Excellence award’. A special ‘Viewers choice’ peize went to Duna TV of Hungary. Duna TV previously won the award in 2006 and 2008, and by winning it for the third time, it has set a new record.

In the various thematci categories these were the winners: Best HD channel: HD Suisse; Best children’s channel: TeleNyanya (TV Nanny), Russia; Best cinema channel: Wojna i Pokój TV, Poland; Best cultural channel: Zakon TV, Russia; Best documentary channel: Vremya, Russia; Best fiction channel: M-Net Action, South Africa; Best lifestyle channel: Body In Balance, Germany; Best music channel: Trace Topical, France;Best news channel: BBC Persian and Best sports channel: Sky Sport 24.

The event was created in 1998 by Eutelsat, a satellite operator, and is a recognition for channels broadcasting via Eutelsat. The objective of the competition is to highlight quality thematic television production and new concepts that capture audience attention and enrich the viewing experience.