Astra Awards finalists announced

Fifty-three entries have been named in the list of finalists for the Astra Awards, which recognises excellence in subscription TV.

The announcement:

Today the ASTRA Awards, which recognise excellence in subscription television, announced the 53 finalists in the 15 industry voted categories.

Following their huge success at last year’s ASTRA Awards, the Lifestyle Channel is once again well represented among the finalists, with last year’s big winner Selling Houses Australia joined by new shows Grand Designs Australia and Matthew Hayden’s Home Ground.

Another newcomer making a big showing is W drama Spirited, facing off against the much loved Tangle in the Most Outstanding Drama category. The show’s star Claudia Karvan is also taking on Tangle’s leading ladies Justine Clarke and Catherine McClements in the Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female category while Spirited’s Matt King and Rodger Corser are up against Tangle’s Don Hany for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male.

Showcasing subscription television’s commitment to providing the most comprehensive sports coverage, the Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage category is one of this year’s most competitive with regular favourites NRL Monday Night Football and ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption up against special programming such as coverage of the JB Were Australian Masters Golf, the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010.

The outstanding news coverage of the year’s major events is honoured in the Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage category where finalists include The Weather Channel’s Wagga Wagga – Rain and Crop Ruin and SKY NEWS coverage of the Queensland Disasters, the Election 2010 and the Christchurch Earthquake.

In a unique change this year, finalists in the four Subscriber’s Choice categories will be announced at a special event on the 16th June. Consumer voting starts on Tuesday 21st June until Monday 11th July 2011. Audiences will be able to vote for their favourite home-grown and international shows and talent online at astraawards.com, and via SMS, and the iTV application. Finalists for the prestigious Channel of the Year Award, which are decided by the ASTRA Board, will also be announced at this event.


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


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