BBC3 wins big at 2014 Broadcast Digital Awards
BBC3 was the big winner at this week’s Broadcast Digital Awards, picking up five gongs including Channel of the Year.
The youth digital channel beat CBBC, Dave, Discovery Channel, E4 and ITV2 to the prize and was also named Best Factual Channel and Best Entertainment Channel.
Meanwhile, its zombie drama series In The Flesh picked up Best Scripted Programme and The Call Centre was named Best Popular Factual Programme.
The success comes as the BBC Trust weighs up whether to rubber-stamp BBC plans to take the channel online next year.
Judges praised the breadth of its output across comedy, drama, factual and entertainment and its commitment to international current affairs.
Broadcast editor Chris Curtis said: “BBC3’s treble win at the Broadcast Digital Awards is a clear sign that the TV industry believes it is in rude health. Its challenge is to maintain that level of excellence as an online channel next year.”
Overall, the BBC won nine awards, including Best App or Website for a Programme for The Voice UK HomeCoach. Its multiplatform coverage of the Winter Olympics was recognised as the Best Sports or Live Event Coverage.
Channel 4 received three awards, including Best Multiplatform Project for D-Day: As It Happens, while ITV picked up two: Best Entertainment Programme for new magic show Tricked and Best Platform Innovation for The X Factor’s in-app voting.
First-time winners on the night included Vice, whose YouTube channel picked up Best Original Web Channel.
Comedian and broadcaster Adam Buxton hosted this year’s awards, which took place at London’s The Brewery on Wednesday 25 June.
Full list of winners:
Best Entertainment Programme (Sponsored by Pinewood Studios Group)
ITV Studios for ITV2
Best Programme Acquisition (Sponsored by Beyond Distribution)
Made In Chelsea Game
PaperSeven and Monkey Kingdom for E4
Best Sports or Live Event Coverage
BBC Sport Digital Winter Olympics
BBC Online and BBC Red Button
Best Popular Factual Programme (Sponsored by The Hospital Club Studio)
The Call Centre
BBC Productions Wales for BBC3 Three
Best Social Media and Digital Marketing
Utopia This is a Warning Viral
Best App or Website for a Programme
The Voice UK HomeCoach
Wall to Wall and Tellybug for BBC One
Best Entertainment Channel
Best Digital Children’s Content
Cube Interactive and Boom Kids for CBBC
Best Specialist Channel
Best Platform Innovation
In-App Voting on The X Factor
Tectonic, FremantleMedia and Tellybug for ITV
Best Factual Channel
Best App or Website for Channel, Strand or Genre
The Nick App
Best Content Partnership or AFP (Sponsored by IMG)
BBC Productions for BBC Two
Best Scripted Programme
In The Flesh
BBC Productions for BBC Three
Best Multiplatform Project
D-Day: As It Happens
Windfall Films and Digit London for Channel 4
Best Original Web Channel
Channel of the Year (Sponsored by Sargent Disc)