Eutelsat TV Awards

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Eutelsat TV Awards
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Former name(s) Hot Bird TV Awards
First awarded 1998 (1998)
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The Eutelsat TV Awards, also known as The ETVA, is a television prize, awarded by Eutelsat and dedicated to thematic television broadcast across Europe, Africa and the Middle East via the satellites of Eutelsat. Prizes are assigned in 10 categories: Children’s, Cinema, Culture/ Education, Documentaries, Fiction/ General Entertainment, Lifestyle, Music, National Window, News and Sports. The ceremony is held in November in Venice, Italy.


Originally known as "The HOT BIRD TV Awards", they were launched to recognise the wealth of new content generated by thematic channels at the satellites of Eutelsat and were held for the first time in 1998 in Vicenza, Italy, during the SAT Expo show. The name of the award came from the namesake satellites (“HOT BIRD”). The event has always been celebrated in Italy (from Vicenza to Turin to Venice, its present location) and through the years it has become a more international moment, gathering the world of international broadcasting. Originally the HOT BIRD TV Awards were assigned in just 7 categories: when the thematic landscape expanded, the number of categories followed suit, reaching the present number of 10. Until 2010 categories also included HDTV, then excluded because no longer an exceptional standard. In 2012 Awards have been rebranded as "The Eutelsat TV Awards". The new name expresses the inclusive character of the competition, since it is open to channels broadcasting from all Eutelsat satellites.

The Awards[edit]

The ten prizes are assigned by a jury of international independent media experts: a popular award (People’s Choice Award) is also assigned to the channel that receives the highest number of votes online. In 2012, for the third year, prizes were also assigned to the Best Programme and to the Best New Channel, out of all the registered channels launched at Eutelsat over the past 12 months. The Eutelsat TV Award is a bronze statue, named Gaia, which in Greek mythology is the goddess of the earth and her myth is a metaphor for satellites that silently encircle the world. Runners-up receive a plate displaying the figure of Gaia, commemorating their participation in the event.

The shortlist of channels is presented during a gala ceremony which is generally held in November in Venice.[1]

Past Winners[2][edit]

Editions Categories Winners Country
2012 Children's Teletoon+ Poland
Cinema Premiera Russia
Culture/Documentaries Top Secret; Special Mention: Pashto TV Russia; Afghanistan
Fiction/General Entertainment MBC 1 HD UAE
Lifestyle Real Time Italy
Music C Music TV UK
News Sky TG24 Italy
Sport Eurosport France
Best Programme Shakespeare from Kabul (BBC Persian Television) UK
Best New Channel of the Year Spiegel TV Wissen Germany
Special Awards TVM Madagascar; Sky Sport Group Madagascar; Italy
People’s Choice TRT Haber Turkey
2011 Children's Carousel Russia
News BBC Arabic Television; Special Mention: TG Norba 24 United Kingdom; Italy
Music France Ô France
Sports TRACE Sports France
Documentaries DMAX Germany
Culture/Education Babel; Special Mention: Rai Storia Italy; Italy
Cinema Kino Soyuz; Sky Cinema 1 HD Russia; Italy
Fiction/General Entertainment Sky Uno Italy
National Window TVE Internacional; Special Mention: SMtv San Marino Spain; San Marino
Lifestyle Rai 5; Special Mention: NRJ Paris Italy; France
People’s Choice Award MiniMini Poland
Best Programme The Beethoven Project (DW-TV); Special Mention: CCN (Comedy Central Polska) Germany; Poland
Best New Channel TG Norba 24 Italy
2010 Children's yourfamily Germany
News BBC World News; Current United Kingdom; Italy
Music iConcerts Switzerland
Sports Sky Channels for Sport Events (Olympic Games and World Cup) Italy
Documentaries 365 Days TV Russia
Culture/Education Nostalgia Russia
HDTV Mezzo Live HD France
Cinema-Fiction Cinema: Kino Polska

Fiction/General Entertainment: Ma Chaine Etudiante

Poland; France
National Window CCTV News China
Lifestyle Gambero Rosso Channel; Information TV Italy; United Kingdom
People’s Choice Award TVN Warszawa Poland
Best Programme Metro (RTR Planeta); Special Mention: The Battle for Afghanya Valley (FRANCE 24) Russia; France
Best New Channel SuperSport International South Africa
2009 Children's TV Nanny Russia
News BBC Persian Television United Kingdom
Music Trace Tropical; Special Mention: C Music TV France; United Kingdom
Sports SKY Sport24 Italy
Documentaries Vremya; Special Mention: IZ TV Russia; Turkey
Culture/Education 365 Days TV Russia
HDTV HD suisse Switzerland
Cinema-Fiction Cinema: Wojna i Pokoj

Fiction: M-Net Action

Poland; South Africa
National Window Yes Italia Italy
Lifestyle Body In Balance United Kingdom
Eutelsat Special Awards CCTV-9; Vesti; Tivù Sat China; Russia; Italy
SAT Expo Special Award 3D Stereoscopic Group and Ciel Ecran Europe
2008 Children’s RaiSat Smash Italy
News RBC TV; Recognition of the Jury: Euronews Russia; France
Music C Music TV United Kingdom
Sports Setanta Ireland Ireland
Documentaries The Biography Channel Germany
Culture/Education 365 Days TV; Special Mention: Edusat Russia; Poland
HDTV France
Cinema-Fiction Cinema: Propeller TV; Special Award: Sky Cinema 1

Fiction: Fox

United Kingdom; Italy; Italy
National Window TVR International Romania
Lifestyle Alice; Türkmax; Special Mention: Fashion TV; Nigezie Italy; Turkey; Austria; Nigeria/UK
Special Award NTV Plus; Orange TV Russia; France
People’s Choice Duna TV Hungary
Excellence Award Planete[disambiguation needed] Poland
2007 Children’s MiniMini Poland
News France 24; SKY TG24 France; Italy
Music La-Minor TV Russia
Sports L’Equipe TV; Special mention: NTV-PLUS OUR Football France; Russia
Documentaries IZ; Escales Turkey; France
Culture/Education TVP Kultura; Special mention: ADMINISTRA.IT; TVN Med Poland; Italy; Poland
HDTV National Geographic Channel HD; National Geographic Channel Poland Italy; Poland
Cinema-Fiction India TV Russia
National Window Deutsche Welle-DW TV Germany
Lifestyle Venice Channel Italy
Special Award Prix Italia: AB Groupe France
People’s Choice Channel One Russia Worldwide Russia
Excellence Award RaiSat Gambero Rosso Channel Italy
2006 Children’s Eureka! TPS Jeunesse France
News BBC World United Kingdom
Music MTV Brand New; Video Italia Italy; Italy
Sports Eurosport & Eurosport 2 France
Documentaries History Channel Italy
Culture/Education Rai Sat Nettuno 1/2; TVP Kultura Italy; Poland
HDTV Next: HD Italy
Cinema-Fiction Kinowelt TV; CULT; Fox Crime Germany; Italy; Italy
National Window RTVI Channel Russia
Lifestyle TV8 MontBlanc France
Special Award 365 Days TV; TVN24; TRACE TV; DIRECT8; TVRI Russia; Poland; France; France; Romania
People’s Choice Duna Television Hungary
2005 Children’s ZigZap; RaiSat Ragazzi Poland; Italy
News Sky News International United Kingdom
Music My Music TV Albania
Sports ESPN Classic Sport United Kingdom
Documentaries Planet Italy
Cinema-Fiction Kino Polska TV Poland
National Window Deutsche Welle TV Germany
Lifestyle Leonardo Italy
Special Award TPS Star France
People’s Choice SKY Cinema Classic Italy
2004 Children’s Piwi France
News BBC World; Rainews24; Rai Med United Kingdom; Italy; Italy
Music Mezzo; MTV Brand New France; Italy
Sports Sky Sport Italy
Documentaries History Channel Italy
Culture/Education Planet; Special Mention: Rai Educational 2 Italy; Italy
Cinema-Fiction Jimmy; Europa Europa Italy; Poland
Special Award SKY TG24; EBU; Equidia; 4 Fun TV Italy; Switzerland; France; Poland
2003 Children’s Minimax; RaiSat Ragazzi Poland; Italy
News Rainews24 Italy
Music Canal Clásico Spain
Sports ESPN Classic Sport United Kingdom
Documentaries Grandes Documentales; Voyage Spain; France
Culture/Education Rai Nettuno Sat Italy
Cinema-Fiction Sky Cinema Autore; TCM Italy; France
Special Award Public Sénat France
2002 Children’s Canal J France
News BBC World United Kingdom
Music Mezzo France
Sports NTV Plus Football Russia
Documentaries Odyssée France
Culture/Education Cult Network Italia Italy
Cinema-Fiction CineClassic Italy
Special Award Canale Viaggi Italy
People’s Choice TPS Interactif France
2001 Children’s RaiSat Ragazzi Italy
News Sky News United Kingdom
Music Count Down TV Italy
Sports Calcio Stream Italy
Documentaries Hispavision Grandes Documentales Spain
Culture/Education Paris Première France
Cinema-Fiction Ale Kino! Poland
National Window Deutsche Welle TV Germany
Lifestyle Leonardo Italy
Special Award TPS Star; Sky Sport; CCTV France; Italy; China
People’s Choice TVL-Cartoni Umani TV Italy
2000 Children’s Detskiy Mir Russia
News I-Television France
Music Mezzo France
Sports Eurosport News France
Documentaries National Geographic Channel Italy
Culture/Education Paris Prèmiere; RaiSat Album France; Italy
Cinema-Fiction Ale Kino!; Studio Universal Poland; Italy
Special Award Alice Italy
1999 Children’s Minimax Poland
News LCI France
Music Muzzik; Mizik Tropical France; France
Sports Supersport Greece
Documentaries Planete Poland
Culture/Education CNI Italian
Cinema-Fiction Nashe Kino Russia
Special Award Gambero Rosso Italy
1998 Children’s RaiSat Ragazzi; Teletoon Italy; France
News BBC World; LC1 United Kingdom; France
Music Viva 1&2 Germany
Sports + Formula 1 Italy
Documentaries Discovery Italy
Culture/Education Arte France
Cinema-Fiction Canal Jimmy; CineClassic Italy; Italy
Special Award Teva France


  1. ^ Julian Clover. "Hot Bird TV Award winners named". Broadband TV News. 
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