Thematic channels from across Europe and Africa awarded for highest quality of content and innovation
The winners of this year’s prestigious HOT BIRD™ TV Awards, the only international event recognizing the highest quality of content creation and innovation by thematic satellite television channels, were honored on November 20 at a gala ceremony in Venice.
The Awards are bestowed by a jury of media experts and organized annually by Eutelsat in partnership with Eurovisioni and SAT Expo Europe. In addition to channels participating from across Europe and the Mediterranean Basin, this year’s event was the first to include broadcasters from across Africa, further broadening the range and diversity of content considered by the jury in each thematic category.
Almost 150 channels from 20 countries entered this year’s event, making it the most significant since the HOT BIRD™ TV Awards were established in 1998. The winning channels selected by the jury for 2009 are:
HOT BIRD™ TV AWARDS
CATEGORY CHANNEL LANGUAGE
HDTV HD suisse French, German, Italian, Swiss
Children’s Tv-Nanny Russian
Cinema Wojna i Pokoj Polish
Culture/Education Zakon Tv Russian
Documentaries Vremya Russian
Fiction M-Net Action English
Lifestyle Body in Balance German
Music Trace Tropical French
News BBC Persian Farsi
Excellence Award SKY TG24 Italian
Sport SKY Sport24 Italian
National Window Yes Italia Italian
Following the success over previous years of the People’s Choice, viewers had the possibility to once again enter their favourite channel for this popular Award. This year’s winner, Duna TV from Hungary, was the channel receiving most viewer votes via leading TV websites.
To honour particular achievements in broadcasting, Eutelsat gave a Special Award to China’s CCTV9 that has consistently striven to generate diverse and quality content abroad. An Award was also given to TivuSat, the new Italian platform using satellite to extend access to national Digital Terrestrial Television channels to homes beyond range of terrestrial reception.
In recognition of a new prize for thematic channels in Russia called ‘Golden Ray’, an Award was also bestowed on Vesti, the 24-hour news channel. Finally, in honour of their pioneering work in Europe on broadcasting and screening prestigious 3D events, an Award was given by Satexpo to Ciel Ecran, Opensky, dbw Communication and Eutelsat.
The members of the international jury for the HOT BIRD™ TV AWARDS are:
Jerzy Barski, TV-Sat Magazine (Poland), Jacques Braun, Eurodata TV (France), Paolo Dalla Chiara, Sat Expo (Italy), Giovanna Maggioni, Upa (Italy), Asu Maro, Milliyet Sanat e Milliyet Daily (Turkey), Giacomo Mazzone, Eurovisioni (Europe), Mimi Turner, Hollywood Reporter (Europe), Stephanie Boeczy, EGTA (Europe)
Jury coordinator: Duilio Giammaria, Rai (Itay). Technical expert: Mauro Roffi, Mille Canali (Italy).