ITV and Sherlock win at Edinburgh TV festival awards

ITV1 has been named terrestrial channel of the year at the television festival in Edinburgh, with the award for best terrestrial progamme going to BBC1′s Sherlock.

The win for ITV marks the first time the broadcaster has picked up the terrestrial channel award in the ceremony’s ten year history.

It beat BBC1, BBC2, Channel 4 and Five to win the accolade. Last year, the channel of the year award went to Channel 4.

At the ceremony, BBC3 was named best digital channel for the second year in a row, while the award for best independent production company went to Talkback Thames, which makes The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. It beat Kudos, which is the producer of shows such as Spooks, to win the award.

Sherlock’s win in the best terrestrial programme category saw it beat This is England ’86, Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, The Walking Dead and Human Planet, while The Inbetweeners took home the prize for digital programme of the year, beating Being Human and Game of Thrones, among others.

The Arqiva Channel of the Year Awards are held in “recognition of the increasingly competitive and often challenging market that today’s TV companies operate in”, and celebrate the “creative, innovative and commercial solutions that both channels and production companies present”.

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