SKY NEWS has been named Channel of the Year at the 2015 ASTRA Awards for subscription television in Sydney tonight.
It is the second time the news channel has secured the coveted title, having won it previously in 2006.
“In selecting SKY NEWS as Channel of the Year, our independent judging panel noted that SKY NEWS has become the benchmark for political news coverage, becoming the first and most trusted source of political news and analysis in Australia,” ASTRA CEO Andrew Maiden said.
The Channel of the Year Award was one of 19 awards presented during the largest-ever ASTRA Awards ceremony, staged at The Star in Pyrmont, Sydney, and marking 20 years of subscription television.
Foxtel’s executive director of television, Brian Walsh, was the recipient of a new special award: the Industry Contribution Award.
“Brian is a distinguished leader in the Australian television industry, responsible for launching the careers of many of Australia’s best-known and most successful personalities. Fittingly, this recognition comes as the industry celebrates 20 years of achievement in 2015,” Maiden said.
Entertainment channel Arena won the Channel Achievement Award.
“Arena has become an enormously popular channel and is a worthy recipient of the Channel Achievement Award, due to the success of shows like the local series, Real Housewives of Melbourne,” Maiden said.
Nominees representing more than 30 Australian subscription television channels were shortlisted as finalists for the 2015 ASTRA Awards.
“ASTRA congratulates our worthy winners and thanks them for their stellar contributions to Australian subscription television,” said Maiden. “They’re making great TV for appreciative audiences around the country.”
See the full list of winners below.
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female
Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, season 2: SoHo)
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male
Andrew McFarlane (Devil’s Playground: showcase)
Most Outstanding Presenter – Female
Kelli Underwood (Back Page LIVE, Breaking Ground: FOX SPORTS)
Most Outstanding Presenter – Male
Paul Murray (Paul Murray LIVE: SKY NEWS)
Most Outstanding New Talent
Phyllis Foundis (Foundis: Aurora)
Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist
David Speers (PM Agenda, The Nation: SKY NEWS)
Most Outstanding Drama – Australian
Wentworth (season 2: SoHo)
Most Outstanding Drama – International
Game of Thrones (season 4: showcase)
Most Outstanding Children’s Program
Monster Beach (Cartoon Network)
Most Outstanding Music Program
Most Outstanding Sports Program
Jeep Saturday LIVE on FOX (FOX FOOTY)
Most Outstanding News Program
Paul Murray LIVE (Paul Murray: SKY NEWS)
Most Outstanding Reality Program
The Recruit (season 1: FOX8)
Most Outstanding Factual Program
Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Paddock to Plate (Matt Moran; season 2: The LifeStyle Channel)
Most Outstanding General Entertainment Program
Top Gear (BBC Knowledge)
CHANNEL AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Industry Contribution Award
Channel Achievement Award
Channel of the Year