FOX Sports, Cloudstreet, Selling Houses Australia top 2012 ASTRA Awards.

By David Knox on June 22, 2012 / Filed Under Pay TV, Top Stories 1

FOX Sports, Cloudstreet and Selling Houses Australia: Extreme were the big winners at last night’s ASTRA Awards in Sydney.

FOX Sports won the top prize, Channel of the Year over SKY News, Showcase and The LifeStyle Channel. FOX Sports also picked up Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage for the KFC T20 Big Bash League and Most Outstanding Use of Innovation in Programming for its FOX FIELD technology.

Tim Winton’s cloudstreet received the award for Most Outstanding Drama while Kerry Fox took Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female and Lara Robinson won Best New Talent. The Drama award was accepted by producers Kim Vecera, Des Monaghan and Brenda Pam (pictured).

Selling Houses Australia Extreme won the show’s third consecutive Favourite Program – Australian award while host Andrew Winter received the Favourite Personality – Male Award also for the third time.

The very-behaved presentation was sans host, but opened with the Sydney Dance Theatre followed by Rove McManus. Other performers included Pete Murray and Timomatic. Most presenters stuck to the autocue script on the night, although when Steve Liebmann was presenting the Journalist award he was handed the wrong envelope and noted ‘David Wenham’ was probably not the right winner. “That was almost a Sarah Murdoch moment.” he quipped.

The night also included a video tribute to Austar’s 17 yr legacy, with former Group Director of Corporate Development accidentally referring to the bright future for Foxstar -before correcting herself.

There weren’t too many upsets on the night, although Camp Orange‘s Luke and Wyatt did well to defeat Rove McManus and Andrew Winter as Most Outstanding Presenter. When they joked that there must have been a mistake on the envelope, presenter Eddie McGuire awkwardly agreed with them.

FOX Sports’ Phil Kearns won over the crowd when accepting an award for the FOX FIELD technology. He basically said he had no idea what it was…

But the highlight of the night was the surprise appearance by Molly Meldrum, introduced by Tina Arena (see other story).

CHANNEL OF THE YEAR
The LifeStyle Channel
showcase
FOX SPORTS
SKY NEWS

SUBSCRIBERS’ CHOICE

Favourite Program – Australian
Foo Fighters: Wasting Light On The Harbour Channel [V] & MAX
Wife Swap Australia LifeStyle YOU
Selling Houses Australia Extreme The LifeStyle Channel
Spirited Season 2 W Channel
Australia’s Next Top Model Series 7 FOX8
Project Runway Australia Series 3 Arena
Kalgoorlie Cops Crime & Investigation Network
On The Couch FOX SPORTS

Favourite Program – International
Grand Designs Series 9 The LifeStyle Channel
Deadliest Catch Discovery Channel
Big Fat Gypsy Weddings LifeStyle YOU
The British Royal Wedding 2011 UKTV
Gold Rush: Alaska Discovery Channel
EastEnders UKTV
Man Vs. Wild Discovery Channel
American Idol Series 11 FOX8

Favourite Program – International Drama
Game of Thrones Season 1 showcase
Haven 13th Street
Boardwalk Empire Season 1 showcase
Torchwood: Miracle Day UKTV
Breaking Bad Season 4 showcase
Falling Skies FOX8
True Blood Season 4 showcase

Favourite Personality – Female
Jane Gazzo Channel [V]
Charlotte Dawson FOX8
Donna Hay The LifeStyle Channel
Sarah Murdoch FOX8
Megan Gale Arena
Lee Furlong FOX8

Favourite Personality – Male
Danny Clayton Channel [V]
Andrew Winter The LifeStyle Channel
Jason Dunstall FOX SPORTS
Andrew ‘ET’ Ettingshausen Discovery Channel
Rove McManus FOX8
Billy Russell Channel [V]
Alex Perry FOX8
Phil Kearns FOX SPORTS

PROGRAMMING & PRODUCTION

Most Outstanding Children’s Program or Event
The Amazing World of Gumball Cartoon Network
Move It Mob Style® NITV
Camp Orange: Wrong Town Nickelodeon

Most Outstanding Music Program or Coverage
Foo Fighters: Wasting Light On The Harbour Channel [V] & MAX
Smoke & Mirrors STUDIO
The Riff Channel [V]

Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage
Rugby World Cup 2011 FOX SPORTS
Aussies Abroad: 2011 World Ironman Championship ESPN
KFC T20 Big Bash League FOX SPORTS
The Code – Life With The Waratahs FOX SPORTS

Most Outstanding Documentary
Forecast for Disaster: La Nina Strikes The Weather Channel
Tony Robinson Explores Australia The History Channel
Australia’s Great Flood National Geographic Channel
Kalgoorlie Cops Crime & Investigation Network
The Bombing of Darwin: An Awkward Truth The History Channel

Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage
Qantas Grounded SKY NEWS
Tropical Cyclone Yasi Coverage The Weather Channel
Gillard V Rudd SKY NEWS

Most Outstanding Reality Program
Cricket Superstar FOX8
Project Runway Australia Series 3 Arena
Australia’s Next Top Model Series 7 FOX8
Kalgoorlie Cops Crime & Investigation Network

Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program
Selling Houses Australia Extreme The LifeStyle Channel
B430 Season 3 Channel [V]
Donna Hay – Fast, Fresh, Simple The LifeStyle Channel
Planet Cake LifeStyle FOOD

Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program
The Riff Channel [V]
Balls of Steel Australia The Comedy Channel
ROVE LA FOX8

Most Outstanding Drama
Spirited Season 2 W Channel
Killing Time TV1
Tim Winton’s cloudstreet showcase

Most Outstanding Use of Innovation in Programming
FOX FIELD FOX SPORTS
WTF! Channel [V]
SLiDE FOX8
THIRD EYE FOX SPORTS

TALENT
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male
David Wenham TV1
Hugo Johnstone-Burt showcase
Steve Le Marquand Movie Extra
Geoff Morrell showcase

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female
Essie Davis showcase
Diana Glenn TV1
Kerry Fox showcase
Claudia Karvan W Channel

Most Outstanding Performance by a Presenter
Sarah Murdoch FOX8
Andrew Winter The LifeStyle Channel
Rove McManus FOX8
Luke & Wyatt Nickelodeon

Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist
Ashleigh Gillon SKY NEWS
Kieran Gilbert SKY NEWS
Josh Holt The Weather Channel
David Speers SKY NEWS

Best New Talent
Lara Robinson showcase
Ben Britton Nat Geo Wild
Hugo Johnstone-Burt showcase

One Comment »

  1. JM June 22, 2012 at 8:41 pm -

    The Astra Awards are basically just Foxtel giving itself a pat on the back…. with the disguise of some of the awards being voted by the public

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