Freesat Awards 2013 Shortlist Announced

FreesatFreesat, the subscription-free satellite TV service, announced today the channels and programmes that have been shortlisted for the Freesat Awards 2013. Now in its fifth year, the Freesat Awards showcase and celebrate the TV that Britain loves.

The 2013 Awards see 52 nominees competing across ten categories. Brand new awards this year include Best TV Sitcom, Best Factual TV Programme or Series and Best Coverage for a Major News Event.

Neil Midgley, chair of the judging panel said “This year the Freesat Awards will celebrate even more of the best of British TV, with two new categories for factual programmes and sitcoms. The shortlists include so many hit shows – such as Exposure, Twenty Twelve, Great British Bake Off and Fresh Meat – that it’s impossible even to guess who’ll win. And that’s not forgetting last year’s brilliant coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics from the BBC and Channel 4, who have received three nominations.”

The great British viewing public also have their chance to decide the winners of the Best British Soap and Freesat Personality of the Year Awards, with online public voting now open at:

Winners will be announced at the Freesat Awards ceremony, held in Central London on Wednesday 10th July, with a VIP audience of celebrities, media and broadcasters, hosted by comedian and actress Sally Phillips.


Best of British: TV Programme or Series

Channel Programme
BBC One Miranda
BBC One Call The Midwife
BBC Two Richard II: The Hollow Crown
ITV Broadchurch
ITV Scott and Bailey
Channel 4 Richard III: The King In The Car Park


Best Digital Radio Channel

Absolute Radio
Insight Radio
BBC Radio 1Xtra
BBC Radio 6 Music
BBC Radio 5 live Olympics Extra


Best Factual TV Programme or Series

Channel Programme
BBC One Africa
BBC Two Great British Bake Off
BBC Three Our War
BBC Four Rome: A History of the Eternal City
ITV1 Exposure: The Other Side of Jimmy Savile


Best Specialist Channel

Food Network UK
Horror Channel


Best Children’s TV Programme or Series

Channel Subject
CBeebies Get Well Soon
CBeebies Tree Fu Tom
CBeebies Octonauts
CBBC Wolfblood
CBBC The Dumping Ground
CBBC My Life: Breaking Free
CBBC Incredible Edibles: Gutbusters
Channel 5 Milkshake Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom


Freesat Channel of the Year

BBC Four


Best Live TV Programme or Series

Channel Programme
BBC One London Olympics 2012
BBC One Strictly Come Dancing
ITV Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway
ITV Daybreak
Channel 4 London 2012 Paralympic Games
Channel 5 Celebrity Big Brother


Best TV Sitcom

Channel Programme
BBC One Miranda
BBC One Mrs Brown’s Boys
BBC Two Twenty Twelve
ITV2 Plebs
Channel 4 Fresh Meat


Best News Channel (Radio and TV)

BBC News
BBC World Service
BBC Radio 5 live


Best Coverage for a Major News Event on Radio or TV

Channel Story
Channel 4 News Lord Rennard
BBC News Syria
BBC Radio 5 Live Lance Armstrong
ITV News Jimmy Savile
Channel 5 News US Presidential elections
euronews Vatican
ITV Granada Reports Hillsborough – The Truth At Last
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