Saturday, 25 August 2007

BBC and Doctor Who Win Major Awards


August 25, 2007 • Posted By R. Alan Siler
BBC News Online reports that Doctor Who has been awarded the Programme of the Year title at the Edinburgh International Television Festival, with its broadcaster BBC One being acclaimed as Channel of the Year.

According to the report, "the winner of the best programme prize was chosen from the shortlist by almost 200 young people who were invited to attend the festival as a way of showcasing the next generation of TV talent." Producer Phil Collinson said that to receive the award "from young people coming into this industry is a particular honour". He also praised the BBC, saying that without it, "Doctor Who would never be made, would never be so good and would never be so well supported".

The other nominees in the terrestrial channel award were BBC TwoITV1,Channel 4 and Five.

Doctor Who took its award over E4's programme Skins, plus fellow BBC One series Life on Mars and Planet Earth.