ASTRA Awards 2011: nominees

Grand Designs Australia, Tangle, Spirited, Camp Orange and SKY News are amongst some of the top nominees for Pay TV's annual awards night.

The Subscription TV industry has announced finalists for its 9th Annual ASTRA Awards, Pay TV’s top awards in Australia.

Dominating the nominees are programmes from the LifeStyle Channel, FOX8, SKY News, FOX Sports and Channel [V].

They include Grand Designs Australia, Tangle, Spirited, Selling Houses Australia, Camp Orange, [V] Guerilla Gigs, Vancouver Olympics and SKY News.

There are 53 finalists in 15 industry voted categories, chosen by television executives who reviewed the entries submitted from Pay TV channels.

This year the finalists in the four Subscriber’s Choice categories will be announced at a special event on the 16th June, but once again the nominees will be chosen by ASTRA and not by viewers, who only vote for the winners from June 21st.

Nominees for the top award, Channel of the Year Award,  will also be announced on June 16.

Most Outstanding Children’s Program or Event
Penelope K, By The Way CBeebies
Camp Orange: Castle Mountain Nickelodeon
Go Lingo National Indigenous Television

Most Outstanding Music Program or Coverage
[V] Guerilla Gigs Channel [V]
[V] LIVE Series Channel [V]
Big Day Out Li[V]e 2010 Channel [V]
MTV Classic Launch MTV

Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage
NRL – Monday Night Football FOX SPORTS
JB Were Australian Masters Golf FOX SPORTS
Pardon The Interruption ESPN
Vancouver Olympic Winter Games FOXTEL
Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 FOXTEL

Most Outstanding Documentary
Who We Are Bio
Aussie Christmas Light The LifeStyle Channel
Tough Nuts – Australia’s Hardest Criminals (Ep 1) Crime & Investigation Network
Aussies Abroad ESPN
Australian Pirate Patrol National Geographic Channel

Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage
Wagga Wagga – Rain and Crop Ruin The Weather Channel
Queensland Disasters SKY NEWS
Election 2010 SKY NEWS
Christchurch Earthquake SKY NEWS

Most Outstanding Reality Program
Australia’s Next Top Model Series 6 FOX8
Dating In The Dark Australia FOX8
Deadliest Catch Season 6 Discovery Channel

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Selling Houses Australia Series 3 The LifeStyle Channel
Grand Designs Australia The LifeStyle Channel
Matthew Hayden’s Home Ground The LifeStyle Channel

Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program
B430 Season 2 Channel [V]
Australian Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2010 Nickelodeon

Most Outstanding Drama
Tangle Season 2 Showcase
Spirited W

Most Outstanding Use of Innovation in Programming
Socceroos in 3D FOX SPORTS
MAX House Party MAX
Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 FOXTEL
Vancouver Olympic Winter Games 2010 FOXTEL

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male
Don Hany Showcase
Matt King W
Rodger Corser W

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female
Justine Clarke Showcase
Catherine McClements Showcase
Claudia Karvan W

Most Outstanding Performance by a Presenter
Brendon Julian FOX SPORTS
Peter Maddison The LifeStyle Channel
Andrew Winter The LifeStyle Channel
Danny Clayton Channel [V]
David Speers SKY NEWS

Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist
Magdalena Roze The Weather Channel
Kieran Gilbert SKY NEWS
Ashleigh Gillon SKY NEWS

Best New Talent
Peter Maddison The LifeStyle Channel
Billy Russell Channel [V]
Luke & Wyatt Nickelodeon
Tori Bailey The Disney Channel

The 9th Annual ASTRA Awards will take place on Thursday 21st July at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay, repeating a theatre style ceremony that was well-received last year.

9 Responses

  1. Tim, I agree with most things you said about Sky News although their political team of Speers, Gilbert and Gillon (which the bulk of their nominations came from) are well deserved IMHO as they do a great job producing original content and reports

  2. How can sky news win anything?…they sit around and wait for seven and nine to feed them the pictures then put it to air with their one reporter on the ground talking over it. Never giving any credit to the crews, satellite techs, chopper crews and journos from the Nine or Seven. From memory it took 2 Days for Sky News Australia to get to New Zealand.

    Good Luck the weather channel for going out and making original content.

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