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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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Andrew Jeffrey joined Realscreen in 2021 as its news editor. Here, he helps to oversee assignment, reporting and editing for Realscreen's daily newsletter. Prior to his work covering documentary and non-fiction film and TV, he worked as a reporter and associate producer for CBC Edmonton, and as a reporter for The Star Calgary, where he covered daily news on beats such as local and provincial politics, health care and harm reduction, sports and education. His work has appeared in other Canadian news outlets such as TVO, the Edmonton Journal and Avenue Magazine.

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