Sky News wins Channel of the year at ASTRA Awards

SKy24 hour news channel Sky News has taken out the channel of the year at the annual ASTRA awards.

The award was a one of a number of awards given to the news channel and its presenters at the annual event recognising the best in subscription television, with Sky host Paul Murray also picking up two awards for best news program and best presenter, while journalist David Speers won best broadcast journalist.  

“In selecting Sky News as Channel of the Year, our independent judging panel noted that Sky News has become the benchmark for political news coverage, becoming the first and most trusted source of political news and analysis in Australia,” said Andrew Maiden ASTRA CEO.

Foxtel’s executive director of television, Brian Walsh, was the recipient of a new special award recognising his industry contribution over many years.

“Brian is a distinguished leader in the Australian television industry, responsible for launching the careers of many of Australia’s best-known and most successful personalities. Fittingly, this recognition comes as the industry celebrates 20 years of achievement in 2015,” said Maiden.

Entertainment channel Arena won the Channel Achievement Award.

Full list of winners here: 


Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female
Danielle Cormack (Wentworth, season 2: SoHo)

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male
Andrew McFarlane (Devil’s Playground: showcase)

Most Outstanding Presenter – Female
Kelli Underwood (Back Page LIVE, Breaking Ground: FOX SPORTS)

Most Outstanding Presenter – Male
Paul Murray (Paul Murray LIVE: SKY NEWS)

Most Outstanding New Talent
Phyllis Foundis (Foundis: Aurora)

Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist
David Speers (PM Agenda, The Nation: SKY NEWS)

Most Outstanding Drama – Australian
Wentworth (season 2: SoHo)

Most Outstanding Drama – International
Game of Thrones (season 4: showcase)

Most Outstanding Children’s Program
Monster Beach (Cartoon Network)

Most Outstanding Music Program
SLIMEFEST (Nickelodeon)

Most Outstanding Sports Program
Jeep Saturday LIVE on FOX (FOX FOOTY)

Most Outstanding News Program
Paul Murray LIVE (Paul Murray: SKY NEWS) 

Most Outstanding Reality Program
The Recruit (season 1: FOX8)

Most Outstanding Factual Program
Hillsborough (ESPN)

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Paddock to Plate (Matt Moran; season 2: The LifeStyle Channel)

Most Outstanding General Entertainment Program
Top Gear (BBC Knowledge)

Industry Contribution Award
Brian Walsh

Channel Achievement Award

Channel of the Year


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