The Edinburgh TV Festival revealed winners of its 2020 TV awards via Twitter today (Nov. 18), with BBC2 winning Channel of the Year and BBC4 securing Specialist Channel of the Year.
BBC channel controller Patrick Holland accepted both awards on behalf of the British pubcaster.
Elsewhere, Oscar-nominated For Sama won for best documentary, while BBC3′s The Rap Game UK was named best entertainment series.
Best popular factual series honors went to Blast! Films for Jade: The Reality Star Who Changed Britain. Channel 4′s All4 was named best on demand service.
London-based indie Chalkboard TV secured the Small Indie of the Year award.
Adeel Amini was presented with the Industry Champion Award for his campaigning on behalf of industry freelancers resulting in his successful Coalition for Change agreement.
A new, one-off award – Creativity in Crisis – for stand-out programming in such a moment of crisis as seen in 2020, was won by Hospital: Fighting Covid-19, from Label1 for BBC2.
For the first time this year, the festival also partnered with trade publication Variety to honor British actor and presenter David Harewood with the Edinburgh TV Festival and Variety Outstanding Achievement Award.
Harewood received the award in recognition of his body of work and success in both the UK and U.S., as well as his work around mental health and social issues.
The Edinburgh TV Festival’s creative director, Stewart Clarke said in a statement: “In a very challenging year it has been great to take a moment to celebrate amazing work and the amazing people in our industry. It is testament to the tenacity and innovation of producers, channels, streamers, freelancers and a host of others, that there was such a formidable list of nominees and brilliant group of winners.”
For a full list of winners and info, visit the Edinburgh TV Festival website.
With files from Jillian Morgan