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Freesat Awards 2012 pits TV stars vs real stars

Britain’s Got Talent, Stargazing Live, Strictly Come Dancing, The Million Pound Drop and This Morning go head-to-head in the Freesat Awards 2012 next month.

The fourth year of the awards will see 53 nominees compete across ten categories, including coveted TV and radio Channel of the Year titles and Best Live TV Programme.

Brand new awards for 2012 include Best TV Presenter, Best Live TV Programme and Best New TV Series.

In the Audience Vote Award, The Great British Bake Off takes on Educating Essex, The X Factor and Big Fat Gypsy Wedding and eight others for the viewers’ plaudits – voting is open until Friday, May 11.

Neil Midgley, chair of this year’s judging panel 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 Freesat Awards 2012 will be presented at a VIP ceremony in central London on May 23.

The full shortlist is:

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
  • QVC
  • 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
  • CNN

Audience Vote: Entertainment Show of the Year

  • Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (Channel 4)
  • Call the Midwife (BBC1)
  • Celebrity Big Brother (Five)
  • Downton Abbey (ITV1)
  • Educating Essex (Channel 4)
  • Great British Bake-Off (BBC2)
  • Sherlock (BBC1)
  • Strictly Come Dancing (BBC1)
  • Take Me Out (ITV1)
  • The Hotel Inspector (Five)
  • TOWIE (ITV2)
  • 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

  • 5 USA
  • CBS Action
  • Pop
  • Vintage TV

Best TV Presenter

  • Ant & Dec
  • Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall
  • Keith Lemon
  • Paddy McGuinness
  • Steve Backshall

Freesat Channel of the Year

  • CBeebies
  • Channel 5
  • E4
  • ITV1