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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)
Tricked

ITV Studios for ITV2

Best Programme Acquisition (Sponsored by Beyond Distribution)
Suits
Dave

Best Game
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

Channel 4

Best App or Website for a Programme
The Voice UK HomeCoach

Wall to Wall and Tellybug for BBC One

Best Entertainment Channel
BBC Three

Best Digital Children’s Content
Ludus
Cube Interactive and Boom Kids for CBBC

Best Specialist Channel
Animal Planet

Best Platform Innovation
In-App Voting on The X Factor
Tectonic, FremantleMedia and Tellybug for ITV

Best Factual Channel
ITN Source

BBC Three

Best App or Website for Channel, Strand or Genre
The Nick App

Best Content Partnership or AFP (Sponsored by IMG)
Stargazing Live

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
Vice YouTube

Vice Media

Channel of the Year (Sponsored by Sargent Disc)
BBC Three

 

Readers' comments (3)

  • Wow. Never saw that coming.

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  • AFP - which presumably stands for Advertiser Funded Programme - for Stargazing Live on BBC Two? Shurely shome mishtake?

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  • No, the award is for Best Content Partnership or AFP. Stargazing's win was for the BBC's partnership with 'citizen science' group Zooniverse.

    The runners-up included two more non-commercial partnerships: Sky and Colossus Productions working with the Natural History Museum for Attenborough's 3D show and Lime Pictures partnering with the Home Office for a domestic abuse storyline on Hollyoaks.

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