Shakespeare from Kabul declared best programme at Eutelsat TV AwardsEditor | 01-12-2012
At a gala ceremony in Venice, leading satellite operator Eutelsat has revealed the winners of this year’s Eutelsat TV Awards.
The international event is designed to distinguish "quality of content creation and innovation by thematic satellite television channels."
For 2012, over 120 channels from 19 countries participated with their programming formats, innovation and audience relationship judged by an independent panel of media experts.
The winners were TELETOON+ (Poland), best children's channel; PREMIERA (Russia), cinema; TOP SECRET (Russia), culture/documentaries; MBC 1 HD (UAE), fiction/general entertainment; REAL TIME (Italy), lifestyle; C Music TV (UK), music; SKY TG24 (Italy), news; EUROSPORT (France), sport; Spiegel TV Wissen (Germany), best new channel; TRT Haber (Turkey), people's choice. Shakespeare from Kabul, BBC PERSIAN (UK) was voted as best programme by a jury of TV viewers.
In addition to awards bestowed by the jury, Eutelsat also presented two special awards to Sky Sports Group for its "exceptional coverage" of the 2012 London Olympic Games, and to Madagascar's national broadcaster (TVM) for its commitment to reflecting regional diversity in its programmes and for generating content addressing issues of direct relevance to its audience.
Commenting on the awards, Simon Albury, former Chief Executive of the Royal Television Society and patron of this year's jury said: "2012 has been an historic year for TV. Audience records were broken around the world for mega events like the Olympics and broadcasters showed their boundless capacity to create innovative programming ideas and to turn the arrival of new platforms and changing viewing habits to their advantage. At the end of the day great viewing is about great content and this is what we have celebrated."
Michel de Rosen, Eutelsat CEO added: "Creative programming, engagement with viewers and a feel for new trends are core to great TV."