PARIS, October 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
"Satellite broadcasters are scaling new heights of programming quality and innovation," said Duilio Giammaria, the well-known RAI journalist and Jury Chairman of this year's Eutelsat TV Awards, the unique international event recognising the quality of thematic satellite TV channels. His comments came at the end of two days of viewing by a 10-member jury whose combined experience covers the world's most dynamic broadcasting markets.
The jury that met in Paris debated over content submitted for a Eutelsat TV Award by more than 120 channels from 19 countries, and decided on a shortlist of three channels in nine thematic categories. The winners in each category will be revealed at a gala ceremony in Venice on November 30.
Duilio added: "Considering the originality of the programming we saw, it's no surprise that satellite TV continues to be the most popular platform for multi-channel viewing. This year's entries to the Eutelsat TV Awards showed the continuing capacity of powerhouse TV markets like the UK, Russia and Italy to generate content that captured our attention. But we also saw inventive and courageous formats and programming ideas from newer digital entertainment markets, including Madagascar, Afghanistan and Kazakhstan. All in all, we have been impressed by the efforts of satellite broadcasters to give viewers a great TV experience and to leverage new technologies to reach out to a broader audience."
Now that the jury has done its work, all participating channels can compete for the People's Choice Award that will be won by the channel generating the most votes from viewers. Voting opens on October 10 and will continue until November 22 via participating channel websites as well as the official website for the competition - eutelsattvawards.com - and other popular sites including broadbandtvnews.com, wotsat.com, millecanali.it and lyngsat.com.
The nominees for the EUTELSAT TV Awards 2012:
CHILDREN'S CINEMA CAROUSEL (Russia) ALE KINO+ (Poland) MINIMINI+ (Poland) KINOWELT TV (Germany) TELETOON+ (Poland) PREMIERA (Russia) CULTURE / DOCUMENTARIES FICTION / GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT PASHTO TV (Afghanistan) COMEDY CENTRAL ITALY (Italy) SPIEGEL TV WISSEN (Germany) ILIKE TV (Italy) TOP SECRET (Russia) MBC 1 HD (UAE) LIFESTYLE MUSIC KUCHNIA+ (Poland) C Music TV (UK) RAI 5 (Italy) La-minor TV (Russia) REAL TIME (Italy) Viva Polska (Poland) NEWS/INFORMATION SPORT ALARABIYA HD (UAE) EUROSPORT (France) CCTV NEWS (China) SKY SPORT (Italy) SKY TG24 (Italy) SPORT PLUS (Russia) BEST PROGRAMME Rapinfo, A-ONE HIP-HOP MUSIC CHANNEL (Russia) Shakespeare from Kabul, BBC PERSIAN (UK) Raitunes5 - altri suoni, RAI 5 (Italy)
The jury: Jerzy Barski from TV-Sat Magazine (Poland), Jacques Braun from Eurodata TV (France), Sergey Buntman from Echo of Moscow (Russia), Alessandra Comazzi from La Stampa (Italy), Paolo Dalla Chiara from Pentastudio (Italy), Ludger Lausberg from BRmedia (Germany), Giacomo Mazzone from the EBU, Fusun Nebil from Turk Internet (Turkey), Reem Nouss from Presenters Ink (UK). The jury chairman: Duilio Giammaria from Rai (Italy) and tedchnical expert Mauro Roffi from Millecanali (Italy).
About Eutelsat Communications
Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is the holding company of Eutelsat S.A. With capacity commercialised on 29 satellites that provide coverage across Europe, as well as the Middle East, Africa and significant parts of Asia and the Americas, Eutelsat is one of the world's three leading satellite operators. As of 30 June 2012 Eutelsat's satellites were broadcasting more than 4,250 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group's satellites also serve a wide range of fixed and mobile telecommunications services, TV contribution markets, corporate networks, and broadband markets for Internet Service Providers and for transport, maritime and in-flight markets. Eutelsat's broadband subsidiary, Skylogic, markets and operates high speed Internet services through teleports in France and Italy that serve consumers, enterprises, local communities, government agencies and aid organisations in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ just over 750 commercial, technical and operational professionals. This culturally diverse staff comprises employees from 30 countries. http://www.eutelsat.com
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