Nominees list announced for 2012 Freesat Awards

The X Factor has missed out on a major nomination for the 2012 Freesat Awards.

Simon Cowell’s talent series is a notable omission from the nominees list for the Best Live TV Programme category that was announced today.

However, Britain’s Got Talent, Strictly Come Dancing, Stargazing Live, The Million Pound Drop and This Morning were all nominated in the category.

Chairman of the 2012 awards panel, Neil Midgely, said: “These brilliant shortlists show just how successful the Freesat Awards have become in showcasing the people and programmes that viewers love. 

“Even with all their experience of TV and radio, our judges are going to find it hard to pick winners – not least in our new categories for 2012 of ‘Best Live TV Programme’, ‘Best New TV Series’ and ‘Best TV Presenter’. May the best chef, astronomer or midwife win!”


The nominees:


Best Live TV Programme

Britain’s Got Talent (ITV1)

Stargazing Live (BBC Two)

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)

The Million Pound Drop (Channel 4)

This Morning (ITV1)


Best Children’s TV Programme

Andy’s Wild Adventures (CBeebies)

Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge (CITV)

Peppa Pig (Milkshake)

Who Let The Dogs Out? (CBBC)


Best Niche TV Channel

Food Network UK

Horror Channel


Vintage TV


Best Digital Radio Channel

BBC Radio 1Xtra BBC Radio 6 Music

Planet Rock


Best News Channel

Al Jazeera English

BBC News

BBC Radio 5 Live



Audience Vote: Entertainment Show of the Year

Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (Channel 4)

Call the Midwife (BBC One)

Celebrity Big Brother (Five)

Downton Abbey (ITV1)

Educating Essex (Channel 4)

Great British Bake-Off (BBC Two)

Sherlock (BBC One)

Strictly Come Dancing (BBC One)

Take Me Out (ITV1)

The Hotel Inspector (Five)


X Factor (ITV1)


Best Digital Initiative

Smurfs (Pop)

The Million Pound Drop (Channel 4)

The Stream (Al Jazeera English)

The ‘visualisation’ of 5 Live’s radio output (BBC Radio 5 Live)


Best New TV Series

Educating Essex (Channel 4)

Fresh Meat (Channel 4)

Call the Midwife (BBC)

Scott & Bailey (ITV1)


Breakout Channel of the Year


CBS Action


Vintage TV


Best TV Presenter

Ant & Dec

Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall

Keith Lemon

Paddy McGuinness

Steve Backshall


Freesat Channel of the Year


Channel 5




Source: Digital Spy

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