Lifestyle Channel is ASTRA’s channel of the year

Lifestyle Channel Nicoel Sheffield ASTRA

Lifestyle Channel GM Nicole Sheffield

The Lifestyle Channel, owned by XYZ Networks, won the top honour at the ASTRA Awards in Thursday night, being named channel of the year.

The ASTRA Awards celebrate Australia’s subscription television industry.

In a big night for the network, Peter Maddison, the presenter of Grand Designs Australia was named best new talent, while his show won the most outstanding lifestyle program award. The original British version of Grand Designs won favourite international program.  

Andrew Winter, presenter of Lifestyle’s Selling Homes Australia, was again named favourite male personality while his show was named favourite Australian program.

Sky News also had a good night, with Ashleigh Gillon winning most outstanding performance by a broadcast journalist while David Speers won outstanding performance by a presenter and the channel won outstanding news coverage for its handling of the 2010 election.

The infamous live final of Australia’s Next Top Model, during which Sarah Murdoch accidentally named the wrong winner, was forgotten – she was named favourite female personality, while the show was named most outstanding reality program.

The full winners list:


The LifeStyle Channel


  • Favourite Program – Australian: Selling Houses Australia Series 3 – The LifeStyle Channel
  • Favourite Program – International: Grand Designs Season 8 – The LifeStyle Channel
  • Favourite Personality – Female: Sarah Murdoch – FOX8
  • Favourite Personality – Male: Andrew Winter – The LifeStyle Channel


  • Most Outstanding Children’s Program or Event: Penelope K, By The Way – CBeebies
  • Most Outstanding Music Program or Coverage: Big Day Out Li[V]e 2010 – Channel [V]
  • Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage: Vancouver Olympic Winter Games – FOXTEL
  • Most Outstanding Documentary: Who We Are – Bio
  • Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage: Election 2010 – SKY NEWS
  • Most Outstanding Reality Program: Australia’s Next Top Model Series 6 – FOX8
  • Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program: Grand Designs Australia – The LifeStyle Channel
  • Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program: Australian Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2010 – Nickelodeon
  • Most Outstanding Drama: Spirited – W
  • Most Outstanding Use of Innovation in Programming: Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 – FOXTEL


  • Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male: Matt King – W
  • Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female: Catherine McClements – Showcase
  • Most Outstanding Performance by a Presenter: David Speers – SKY NEWS
  • Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist: Ashleigh Gillon – SKY NEWS
  • Best New Talent: Peter Maddison – The LifeStyle Channel



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