Channel 4 enjoyed a triumphant night at the Broadcast Awards last night, being named Channel of the Year and taking home seven awards, more than any other channel.
“Winning Channel of the Year was a magnificent moment for everyone at 4. It’s a wonderful pat on the back to all the producers, directors, performers and writer’s who’ve worked with my talented commissioning team to make some truly unmissable shows.” – Channel 4’s Chief Creative Officer Jay Hunt
The haul represented success across the board for the broadcaster, with a clean sweep in factual categories, and the Channel of the Year award “on the back of a scripted renaissance”. The judges also commented: “Distinctive and popular, C4’s output is at its strongest since Jay Hunt took over in 2011.”
The factual haul included Best Popular Factual Programme for The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds and Best Documentary Series for The Romanians Are Coming. Channel 4 Dispatches racked up a third consecutive win in News and Current Affairs for Escape from Isis. The Paedophile Hunter won Best Documentary Programme, adding to its Grierson, RTS and BAFTA awards.
Channel 4 took home the Best Comedy award for its smash hit Catastrophe, while Best Music Programme went to Four to the Floor.
The judges recognised the extraordinary year Channel 4 has enjoyed, stating “more than half of C4’s top 30 programmes were new, yet its ratings performance bucked the industry trend: including +1, C4’s all-hours share grew by 0.5%, while its peak time share jumped by a whopping 8%.”