The winners were selected by a jury comprising European television
journalists from Le Monde (France), La Stampa and Satellite (Italy),
The Daily Telegraph (UK), The Echo Of Moscow (Russia), Ta Nea (Greece),
TV Sat Magazine (Poland), Milliyet Sanat (Turkey), Suddeutsche Zeitung
(Germany) and Agencia EFE (Spain). The nominees were short listed
during jury meet held in Rome last month, says a company release.
The jury scanned 120 thematic channels broadcasting in 13 languages
separated to shortlist the nominees into eight categories: News,
Cinema & Fiction, Culture, Documentaries, Kids, Music, Sport,
While Minimax (Poland) and Rai Sat Ragazzi (Italy) are joint winner
in the Children category, Sky Cinema Author (Italy) and TCM (France)
share the onus in the Cinema & Fiction section. Rai Nettuno
Sat (Italy) won in the Culture category, Grandes Documentales (Spain)
and Voyage (France) bagged the laurels for best Documentaries. It
was Canal Clasico (Spain) that was awarded the honours for Music
category, Rai News 24 (Italy) for news and ESPN Classic Sport (France)
for Sport. In the Other section it was Public Sénat (France)
that took home the trophy.
The criteria that the jury looked for was display of particular
originality and quality in programming and presentation.
Besides the regular awards, some special awards were also constituted
to recognise special achievement. Eutelsat awarded special prizes
to Euronews- to commemorate a decade of broadcasting news, information
and current affairs in seven languages, and to TPS Star that has
merged premium films and sports into one channel offered within
the TPS pay-TV package in France.
Satexpo, the international conference and exhibition on satellite
communications held in Vicenza from October 2 to 4 also gave prizes
to Sky Italia and its new sports channel Sky Sport.
According to Eutelsat CEO Giuliano Berretta, "We are very
pleased to see the onward growth of thematic satellite television
that stands as a rich complement next to general entertainment channels.
This year has been marked by the arrival of new concepts and talents
that illustrate the inherent dynamics of thematic television. I
would like to thank and congratulate all the channels that were
considered for an Award by the jury for their contribution to a
growing store of creativity for the millions of viewers that watch
television through Eutelsat satellites".