Nominations announced for awards ceremony, which takes place 4 July at London’s The Brewery

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Vice: picked up two nominations in the new short-form categories

The changing face of British broadcasting has been highlighted as several new players are nominated in fresh categories at this year’s Broadcast Digital Awards.

A host of new short-form categories have been introduced – Comedy, Documentary, Drama and Factual – with the likes of Snapchat, Vice and The Guardian all picking up nods.

The shortlists  hand Vice UK and online publisher two nominations apiece in the new categories. True-Tube is also up for Best Original Web Channel, in a competitive field that includes Barcroft TV, BBC3, Beano Studios, History Hit and Mashed.

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Among other non-traditional entries, The Guardian’s cricket doc Second Innings is up for Best Short Form Doc and Snapchat is nominated for its Avalon and Vertical

Networks-produced dating format Ghost Hunt, along with HuffPost UK’s The Chefs’ Chefs.

The ceremony, which takes place on 4 July at London’s The Brewery, will also feature separate categories for Long Form Comedy and Drama for the first time.

BBC3 dominates the Comedy list, with four nominations, including BBC Studios’ Bafta-winning This Country, while Sky Atlantic has three drama series up for the prize: World Productions’ Save Me, Kudos’ Tin Star and Vertigo/Neal Street’s Britannia.

Another Bafta winner, ITV Studios/Motion Content’s Love Island, is up for both Best Entertainment Programme and Best Digital Support for a Programme, where it will compete with BBC Studios’ Blue Planet II digital campaign, Channel 4’s Ackley Bridge Snapchat campaign, the Brit Awards, BBC4’s Contagion and Channel 5’s Celebrity Big Brother.

Last year’s winner in the coveted Channel of the Year category, BBC3, is nominated again, alongside BBC4, Comedy Central, E4, Sky Atlantic and Beano Studios, which is also up for Best Web Channel and Best Digital Children’s content.

Broadcast Digital Awards shortlist 2018

Best Comedy Programme

Chewing Gum, Retort for E4

In the Long Run, Sprout and Green Door for Sky 1

Man Like Mobeen, Cave Bear and Tiger Aspect Productions for BBC Three

Roast Battle UK, Fulwell 73 Productions for Comedy Central

The Young Offenders, Vico Films for BBC Three

This Country, BBC Studios for BBC Three

Best Content Partnership or AFP

All Star Driving School, Rumpus Media for Suzuki and E4

Gfinity Elite Series, Noah Media Group and Gfinity for Gfinity and Eleven Sports

My Icon: Rainbow Laces , Sky Sports for Stonewall and Sky Sports Mix

Positive Energy, Renegade Pictures for Shell and National Geographic Channel

The Secrets in My Family, Boundless for Ancestry and W

Voltarol - Britain by Bike, Elephant House Studios for Voltarol and Channel 5

Best Digital Children’s Content

Beano Studios, Beano Studios for Beano

CBeebies Playtime Island, Media Applications Technology for Cbeebies

Last Commanders, Objective Media Group Scotland, and Panda TV for CBBC

Nikki Lilly Meets, Blakeway North for CBBC

Pablo, Paper Owl Films, D3T and Bass Boulos for Cbeebies and RTÉ

The Pets Factor, True North Productions for CBBC

Best Digital Support for a Programme

Ackley Bridge Snapchat Campaign, That Lot and The Forge for Channel 4

Blue Planet II Digital, BBC Worldwide, BBC and BBC Studios for BBC One

Celebrity Big Brother 2018: Bolder. Braver. Better. Initial and Endemol Shine UK for Channel 5

Contagion! The BBC Four Pandemic, 360 Production for BBC Four

Love Island - Owning the Summer on Digital, ITV Digital Studio and Monterosa for ITV2

The BRIT Awards 2018, Somethin’ Else for ITV

Best Digital Support for a Strand, Channel or Genre

BBC Three

BBC’s Minds Matter Season

Discovery Channel UK

MTV Pride

Paranormal on Really: Haunted Dolls Live Feed

Tomorrow’s World - Global Change Calculator

Best Documentary Programme

Acid Attack: My Story, Raw for BBC Three

Life and Death Row: The Mass Execution, BBC Studios for BBC Three

Love and Hate Crime, Top Hat TV for BBC Three

One Deadly Weekend in America, Voltage TV Productions for BBC Three

The People’s History of LGBTQ Britain, 7 Wonder for BBC Four

Philip Larkin by Andrew Motion, Icon Films for Sky Arts

Best Drama Programme

Britannia, Vertigo Films and Neal Street Productions for Sky Atlantic

Clique, Balloon Entertainment and BBC Studios for BBC Three

Eric, Ernie & Me, Objective Fiction for BBC Four

Murdered for Being Different, BBC Studios: The Documentary Unit for BBC Three

Save Me, World Productions for Sky Atlantic

Tin Star, Kudos for Sky Atlantic

Best Entertainment Channel

BBC Three

BBC Four

Comedy Central UK



Sky 1

Best Entertainment Programme

Celebability, Potato for ITV2

Celebs Go Dating, Lime Pictures for E4

Just Tattoo of Us, Gobstopper for MTV UK

Love Island, ITV Studios and Motion Content Group for ITV2

Taskmaster, Avalon Television for Dave

Unspun with Matt Forde, Avalon Television for Dave

Best Factual Channel

BBC Three

BBC Four



Best Original Web Channel

Barcroft TV

BBC Three


History Hit



Faking It: Tears of a Crime, Shearwater Media for Investigation Discovery

Inside My Head: A Newsround Special, CBBC Production for CBBC

Inside the Ambulance, Brown Bob Productions for W

Junior Doctors: Blood, Sweat and Tears, BBC Studios for BBC Three

Portrait Artist of The Year 2018, Storyvault Films for Sky Arts

Valley Cops, Minnow Films for BBC Three

Best Programme Acquisition

Ronny Chieng: International Student, BBC Three

The Good Fight, More 4

The Orville, Fox

The Vietnam War, BBC Four

The White Princess, Drama

Young Sheldon, E4

Best Short Form Comedy

Absolutely Fine, Comedy Central International for Comedy Central

Bad Snappers, Factory Films for Comedy Central

How to Become TripAdvisor’s #1 Fake Restaurant, Vice UK for Vice UK

Pls Like, Left Bank Pictures for BBC Three

Quickies, BBC Studios for BBC Three

Romesh Talking to Comedians, Green Door Pictures for BBC Three

Best Short Form Documentary

Ambulance: Difficult Labour, BBC Three for BBC Three

Generation Trump, CC-Lab for BBC Three

Second Innings, The Guardian for

Sex Map of Britain: Desperately Seeking Semen, BBC Studios for BBC Three

What Do You Mean I Can’t Change the World? CTVC for

Best Short Form Drama

Overshadowed, Rollem Productions for BBC iPlayer and BBC Three

Queers, BBC Studios for BBC iPlayer

Random Acts: Last Words, Green Rock with Little Dot Studios for Channel 4

Screwball! CTVC for

The Break, The Comedy Unit for BBC Three

Best Short Form Format

Chat Shit Get Elected, Vice UK for Vice UK

Eating With My Ex, Shotglass Media for BBC Three

Ghost Hunt, Avalon and Vertical Networks for Snapchat

Let’s Settle This, BBC Studios Digital for BBC iPlayer

The Chefs’ Chefs, Stepping Stone Media for HuffPost UK

Things Not to Say Best, Mentorn Media for BBC Three

Best Specialist Channel




Crime + Investigation

Sky Arts

Walter Presents

Best Sports and Live Event Coverage

100 Women, Sky News for Sky News and Twitter

BBC Four PROMS 2017: Oklahoma! BBC Studios for BBC Four

Eurosport’s Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics, Eurosport UK

Game4Grenfell, Legends TV and Expectation Entertainment for Sky 1

Premier League Tonight, Sunset+Vine for BT Sport 1

Winter Olympics, BBC Sport and BBC Online for BBC Red Button and BBC Four

Best VR Experience

Sponsore by Shooting Partners

BBC Earth: Life in VR - Californian Coast BBC Worldwide, BBC Studios Digital and Preloaded for Google Daydream

Damming the Nile: BBC for Oculus Go, Gear VR, YouTube, Facebook and the BBC News website

From Virtual to Reality: Jonathan Yeo and The World’s First Large Scale, 3D Printed Sculpture, Factory 42 for YouTube, Google Arts & Culture and at the Royal Academy

One Deadly Weekend in America VR, Parable for YouTube, Facebook and BBC Taster VR

Trending Gold, Jaunt VR for Olympic Channel and Olympic Channel VR

Wonderful You VR, BDH Immersive for Oculus and Gear VR Stores

Channel of the Year

Sponsored by Babcock

BBC Three

BBC Four


Comedy Central UK


Sky Atlantic

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