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ASTRA Awards 2011 – Finalists and Updates – Winners published

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ASTRA Awards 2011 LIST OF WINNERS
FINALISTS ANNOUNCED FOR 9th ANNUAL ASTRA AWARDS
Rove and David Speers amongst the presenters for 2011

The ASTRA Awards will be held at the acclaimed Sydney Theatre in Walsh Bay.  Finalists have been announced and the ASTRA Awards are delighted to reveal that Rove McManus will fly home to participate in the event and David Speers of SKY NEWS will return to the ceremony that he hosted last year.

Rove will take to the stage to present an award at the ninth annual event that honours and celebrates the best of subscription television. One of Australia’s top television personalities, Rove will return to Australian screens in September with his new FOX8 show, ROVE LA. 

David Speers is one of the busiest political journalists in Australia and last year walked off stage with a standing ovation for his great performance as host of the ASTRA Awards. As SKY NEWS Political Editor he hosts “Agenda” each weekday and regularly interviews the nation’s top politicians. At this year’s ASTRA Awards, Speers will return to the stage in front of the subscription television industry to present ‘A Year in Review’ during the theatre-style ceremony. The reel will feature breaking news headlines that have captured our attention in the past year. 

The ASTRA Awards, which recognise excellence in subscription television, announced the 53 finalists in the 15 industry voted categories.  Following their huge success at last year’s ASTRA Awards, the Lifestyle Channel is once again well represented among the finalists, with last year’s big winner Selling Houses Australia joined by new shows Grand Designs Australia and Matthew Hayden’s Home Ground.

Another newcomer making a big showing is W drama Spirited, facing off against the much loved Tangle in the Most Outstanding Drama category. The show’s star Claudia Karvan is also taking on Tangle’s leading ladies Justine Clarke and Catherine McClements in the Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female category while Spirited’s Matt King and Rodger Corser are up against Tangle’s Don Hany for Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male.

Showcasing subscription television’s commitment to providing the most comprehensive sports coverage, the Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage category is one of this year’s most competitive with regular favourites NRL Monday Night Football and ESPN’s Pardon The Interruption up against special programming such as coverage of the JB Were Australian Masters Golf, the Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and the Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010.

The outstanding news coverage of the year’s major events is honoured in the Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage category where finalists include The Weather Channel’s Wagga Wagga – Rain and Crop Ruin and SKY NEWS coverage of the Queensland Disasters, the Election 2010 and the Christchurch Earthquake.

In a unique change this year, finalists in the four Subscriber’s Choice categories will be announced at a special event on the 16th June. Consumer voting starts on Tuesday 21st June until Monday 11th July 2011. Audiences will be able to vote for their favourite home-grown and international shows and talent online at astraawards.com, and via SMS, and the iTV application. Finalists for the prestigious Channel of the Year Award, which are decided by the ASTRA Board, will also be announced at this event.

Most Outstanding Children’s Program or Event -
Penelope K, By The Way  CBeebies
Camp Orange: Castle Mountain – Nickelodeon
Go Lingo – National Indigenous Television 

Most Outstanding Music Program or Coverage
[V] Guerilla Gigs – Channel [V]
[V] LIVE Series – Channel [V]
Big Day Out Li[V]e 2010 – Channel [V]
MTV Classic Launch - MTV 

Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage
NRL – Monday Night Football - FOX SPORTS
JB Were Australian Masters Golf - FOX SPORTS
Pardon The Interruption - ESPN
Vancouver Olympic Winter Games – FOXTEL
 Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 -FOXTEL

Most Outstanding Documentary
Who We Are- Bio
Aussie Christmas Light - The LifeStyle Channel
Tough Nuts – Australia’s Hardest Criminals (Ep 1) - Crime & Investigation Network
Aussies Abroad - ESPN
 Australian Pirate Patrol -National Geographic Channel

Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage
Wagga Wagga – Rain and Crop Ruin- The Weather Channel
Queensland Disasters - SKY NEWS
Election 2010 - SKY NEWS
 Christchurch Earthquake -SKY NEWS

Most Outstanding Reality ProgramAustralia’s Next Top Model Series 6  -FOX8
Dating In The Dark Australia - FOX8
Deadliest Catch Season 6- Discovery Channel

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Selling Houses Australia Series 3-  The LifeStyle Channel
Grand Designs Australia -The LifeStyle Channel
Matthew Hayden’s Home Ground-  The LifeStyle Channel

Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program
B430 Season 2 – Channel [V]
Australian Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2010 – Nickelodeon

Most Outstanding DramaTangle Season 2- Showcase
Spirited - W 

Most Outstanding Use of Innovation in Programming
Socceroos in 3D - FOX SPORTS
MAX House Party - MAX
Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 -FOXTEL
Vancouver Olympic Winter Games 2010 - FOXTEL

TALENT
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male
Don Hany - Showcase
Matt King - W
Rodger Corser -W 

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female
Justine Clarke - Showcase
Catherine McClements - Showcase
Claudia Karvan -W

Most Outstanding Performance by a Presenter
Brendon Julian - FOX SPORTS
Peter Maddison - The LifeStyle Channel
Andrew Winter - The LifeStyle Channel
Danny Clayton - Channel [V]
David Speers - SKY NEWS 

Best New Talent
Peter Maddison
Billy Russell
Luke & Wyatt
Tori Bailey  

The 9th Annual ASTRA Awards will take place on Thursday 21st July at Sydney Theatre, Walsh Bay. The theatre style ceremony will showcase the talent, production and best programming categories of subscription television

About ASTRA 
ASTRA is the peak industry body for subscription television in Australia. The subscription TV industry is the undisputed market leader of digital broadcasting with 200 channels (including HD and Plus2) broadcast on the FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS subscription TV platforms received by 34% of Australians through their homes and over a million more through hotels, clubs and other entertainment and business venues. www.astra.org.au

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