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ITV2 wins Channel of the Year

ITV2 was crowned Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Digital Awards as its breakthrough comedy Plebs also picked up a top award.

ITV’s youth channel took home the biggest prize of the night after the success of shows including ITV Studios’ The Big Reunion and The Magaluf Weekender, which is produced by Twofour.

Its other hit, Rise Films’ Ancient Rome sitcom Plebs, was named Best Scripted Programme at the ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on Wednesday.

ITV2 last clinched Channel of the Year in 2011 – before director of digital channels and acquisitions Angela Jain had really made her mark on its output.

Elsewhere, E4 won the Best Entertainment Channel title as brands including Made In Chelsea and The Big Bang Theory came into their own, while Channel 4 swept the board for its multiplatform content, with the likes of Foxes Live and The Great British Property Scandal named winners.

Broadcast Digital Awards winners 2013

Best Scripted Programme:
Plebs (Rise Films) - ITV2

Best App or Website for a Programme:
Foxes Live: Wild in the City (Numiko for Windfall Films) – C4
Highly Commended: Antiques Roadshow Play-along App – BBC1

Best Content Partnership:
GT Academy Boomerang+ (Grand Central) – ITV4

Best Programme Acquisition (sponsored by Beyond Distribution):
Nashville (More4)

Best Digital Children’s Content:
Kinect Sesame Street TV (Soho Productions) – Xbox

Best Factual Channel (sponsored by Procam):
Discovery Channel

Best Live Event Coverage:
BBC Digital Olympics

Best Game:
The Snowman and The Snowdog (Crash Lab & Lupus Films) – C4

Best Entertainment Programme (sponsored by The Hospital Club):
The Revolution Will Be Televised (Hat Trick Productions) – BBC3
Highly Commended: Parkinson: Masterclass (Parkinson Prods) – Sky Arts

Best Social Media and Digital Marketing:
Got To Dance (Princess Productions, Monterosa, Orca Digital, Cat & Mouse) – Sky1

Best Platform Innovation:
Kinect Sesame Street TV (Soho Productions) – Xbox

Best Specialist Channel:
Crime & Investigation Network

Best App or Website for Channel, Strand or Genre:

Best Entertainment Channel (sponsored by Elstree):

Best Original Web Channel (sponsored by YouView from Talktalk):
Jamie Oliver’s Food Tube (Fresh One Productions)

Best Popular Factual Programme (sponsored by Bridgeman Art Library)
Bradley Wiggins – A Year In Yellow (Twofour) – Sky Atlantic

Best Multiplatform Project (sponsored by A+E Networks UK):
The Great British Property Scandal (Tiger Aspect, Project Factory, mySociet) – C4

Channel of the Year (sponsored by WRN Broadcast):

Readers' comments (2)

  • Congratulations to Angela & Paul - they really are a class act - even more so when compared to Zai (OMG with Peaches Geldof/Justin Lee Collins/Kerry Katona) Bennett, who unfortunately is now wreaking his particular brand of licence fee funded havoc at BBC3. And well done for not letting David Bergg stick his oar in.

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  • Superfluous 'awards' when looking at the depressingly singular voting panels,but Paul M in particular deserves to be recognised for his digital channel prowess.Hardly surprising the previous highs of E4 (now dead and buried-Chelsea thanks to D.Williams, and Big Bang thanks to Acquisition Editors are heritage and inherited pieces) and current ITV2 bump occurred during his involvement.

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