Shane O’Neill, president of Chellomedia and chief strategy officer of Liberty Global, was last night awarded the Digital TV Europe Lifetime Achievement award.
The award, which recognises the exceptional achievements of an individual who has contributed to the success of the pay TV or broadband industry over the course of their career, was awarded to O’Neill for his service to the cable industry over the last 12 years.
During last night’s award ceremony, which was held in central London, a video was played featuring messages from various friends and colleagues of O’Neill, including Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, chairman John Malone and Bob Geldof.
As well as his work in the European cable industry, O’Neill has established a charitable foundation that funds the education of 5,000 children in Africa who have been orphaned by Aids.
The other awards handed out last night were:
Digital TV Europe award – Simon Calver, CEO Lovefilm
Industry Leader – Hans-Holger Albrecht, president and CEO, Modern Times Group
Marketer of the Year – Asanga Gunatillaka, head of commercial and strategy, TV, Virgin Media
Content Executive – Jesús Perezagua, president, Fox International Channels Europe and Africa
New Media Executive – Holl Knill, head of Sky Player and mobile TV, BSkyB
Technology Leader – David Wood, deputy director, EBU Technical, European Broadcasting Union