Freeview awards heap kudos on TVNZ7

6,346 votes later, the results have been tallied and the awards dished out in the second round of Freeview awards, which honour almost anything and everything, from decoders and retailers, to satellite receivers and television shows.

“After the success of last year’s awards and the boost  that  the  wins  gave  to  many  broadcast  partners  and  suppliers,  we expected a high level of engagement and were thrilled that the awards generated such a high number of votes,” says Freeview general manager Sam Irvine.

And in what has proved to be a particularly rough period for TVNZ 7 as of late, with news confirming this week the channel will bow out in June next year due to a lack of government funding, comes a spot of vindication that in an ideal world would give the government food for thought.

Media7, which celebrated its 150th episode milestone this week, was a double awards winner, picking up the win for best digital-only TV show available on Freeview and best TV show on a channel on Freeview. Back Benches was the runner-up in both categories.

Meanwhile TVNZ 7 won the accolade for best digital-only TV channel available on Freeview, beating out TV3 Plus 1.

“We’re especially delighted to be named not only best digital-only programme, but the best programme available on Freeview. And of course TVNZ 7, the home of Media7, has deservedly been voted the best digital-only channel,” says Media 7’s Russell Brown.

But of course with 12 categories it wasn’t all about TVNZ 7, so without further ado, here are the rest of the results.

Best in-store retail experience

Winner: Noel Leeming

Runner-up: Dick Smith Electronics

Best online retail experience

Winner: Dick Smith Electronics

Runner-up: Noel Leeming

Best installation experience

Winner: Alf from AV1.co.nz

Best Freeview-approved HD receiver

Winner: Dish TV UHF aerial

Runner-up: Zinwell

Best Freeview-approved satellite receiver

Winner: Dish TV

Runners-up: Zinwell

Best Freeview-approved digital television recorder

Winner: Panasonic

Runners-up: Magic

Best Freeview-approved iDTV brand

Winner: Panasonic

Runner-up: Samsung

Best digital-only TV channel available on Freeview

Winner: TVNZ 7

Runner-up: TV3 Plus 1

Best digital-only TV show available on Freeview

Winner: Media7, TVNZ 7

Runner-up: Back benches, TVNZ

Best TV show on a channel on Freeview

Winner: Media7, TVNZ 7

Runner-up: Back benches, TVNZ 7

Best high-definition TV show on a channel on Freeview

Winner: CSI, TV3, TV3 Plus 1

Runners-up: Criminal Minds, TV ONE

Best radio station on Freeview

Winner: Radio New Zealand National

Runner-up: George FM






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