Hot Bird TV Award winners named

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

Documentaries
Joint winners IZ Turkish
Escales French

Fiction/Cinema India TV Russian

HDTV
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

News
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)