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ITV1, BBC3 victorious at Edinburgh TV festival awards

UK terrestrial ITV1 has won the Channel of the Year award for the first time at the Edinburgh International Television Festival in Scotland, with BBC3 picking up the Digital Channel of the Year award for the second consecutive year.
August 29, 2011

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.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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