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Freesat viewers hand Sherlock the popular vote

Channel 4 and CBeebies both won doubles, but Sherlock collected the popular vote at the fourth annual Freesat Awards.

The coveted Freesat Channel of the Year Award was presented to CBeebies, which also won Best Children’s TV Programme with Andy’s Wild Adventures.

Educating Essex at the 2012 Freesat Awards

The Million Pound Drop won Best Digital Initiative and Educating Essex took Best New TV Series for Channel 4.

BBC One’s Sherlock won the Entertainment Show of the Year, voted for by Freesat viewers.

Freesat Managing Director, Emma Scott said: “It’s been a truly outstanding year for British television and radio, and it is a real privilege to be able to recognise and celebrate the personalities, programmes and channels that Freesat viewers really love, including my personal favourite, Mr Drew on Educating Essex.”

The 2012 awards also saw three new categories: Best TV Presenter, won by Ant and Dec; Best Live TV Programme, won by This Morning; and Best New TV Series.

Best Digital Radio Channel went to Radio 1 Extra, QVC was named Best Niche TV Channel, the Best News Channel was BBC Radio 5 Live, and Breakout Channel of the Year was 5USA.

Radio 1 Extra at the 2012 Freesat Awards

Neil Midgley, chair of this year’s judging panel commented: “The fact that Ant & Dec can be Freesat Award winners alongside Radio 5 Live, CBeebies, This Morning and The Million Pound Drop shows just how strong Freesat’s content is.

“It’s been such a pleasure to chair an awards process which focuses on the people and shows that viewers really love, and I’d like to join Emma in congratulating everyone who’s won an award. I’d also like to thank my fellow judges, who put so much time and expertise into choosing these worthy winners.”