The winners of the annual Hot Bird TV Awards have been announced in Venice. Now in their 10th year the awards are organised by satellite operator Eutelsat, TV and cinema festival Eurovisioni and conference and exhibition SAT Expo.
The awards are designed to honour the thematic channels that broadcast from the satellite operator’s Hot Bird neighbourhood. The jury viewed 120 channel before compiling a shortlist of 34 based on creativity, programme originality and production quality.
The awards reflect Eutelsat’s heartlands of Italy, Poland and Russia with winners including the Polish children’s channel MiniMini, the Polish and Italian versions of National Geographic’s HD channels and news channel France 24. A special award was presented to France’s AB Sat, which recently announced plans to launch a free-to-air package on Eutelsat’s the Atlantic Bird satellite.
Hot Bird TV Award winners 2007
Category Channel Language
Children MiniMini Polish
Culture/Education TVP Kultura Polish
Special Mention ADMINISTRA.IT Italian
Special Mention TVN MED Polish
Joint winners IZ Turkish
Fiction/Cinema India TV Russian
Joint winners National Geographic Channel HD Italian
National Geographic Channel Poland Polish
Lifestyle Venice Channel Italian
Music La-minor TV Russian
National Window Deutsche Welle / DW-TV German
Joint winners France 24 French
Sky TG24 Italian
Sport L’Equipe TV French
Special Mention NTV-Plus Our Football Russian
Excellence Award RaiSat Gambero Rosso Italian
People’s Choice Channel One Russia Worldwide Russian
Special Prize Pier Luigi Malesani, chairman of the Prix Italia
Special Award AB Sat Group (France)