UK terrestrial ITV1 has won the Channel of the Year award for the first time at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, with BBC3 picking up the Digital Channel of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
ITV1′s victory saw it beating last year’s winner Channel 4, along with BBC1, BBC2 and Channel 5. The channel has enjoyed success over the past year with long-running soap Coronation Street and period drama Downton Abbey.
Elsewhere at the Scottish festival’s award ceremony, which is now in its 10th year, the Producer/Director Debut Award went to producer Rob Leech, for his BBC3 documentary My Brother the Islamist.
In addition, FremantleMedia-owned TalkbackThames (The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent) won the award for UK Indie of the Year; while Endemol’s interactive format Million Pound Drop Live – which has aired to high ratings and critical acclaim on Channel 4 – picked up the Cross Platform Innovation Award.