France Télévisions and the BBC top Eurovision Connect Awards winners

Eurovision-Connect-Awards-2014-winnersFrance Télévisions has won the Grand Prix in the Eurovision Connect Awards given by the European Broadcasting Union for promotional activities associated with public broadcasters’ TV output, while the BBC won three of the 10 awards, the largest number taken by a single broadcaster.

France 5’s Harassment at School promo took the Grand Prix for best promotion in any category, and France Télévisions also won the Best Promotion for a Documentary or a Current Affairs Programme for Harassment at School.

The BBC took first place for BBC One’s promo for The Voice in the Best Promotion for an Entertainment Programme/Event category, as well as the top spot in the Best Promotion for a Fictional Programme category for its Doctor Who 50th anniversary promo on BBC One. It also took the award for Best Promotion for a Children’s Programme/Event for Big Fun Time on Cbeebies.

Finland’s Yle took first place in the Best Promotion for a Sport Programme/Event category for Paradise, while Estonia’s ETV took top spot in the Best Channel Branding category for its channel idents.

Germany’s ZDF won the Best Overall Programme or Special Event Branding/Promotion award for Herzkino 2013, while North-Rhine Westphalia pubcaster WDR won the Best use of Music or Sound Design in a Promotion award for Adventure Earth. Italy’s Rai secured the prize for Best use of Graphic Design in a Promotion for Radio Rai.

Five finalists for each of the 10 categories were shortlisted from an original pool of 200 entries representing 20 countries, according to the EBU.

More than 100 delegates attending the two-day Connect event voted live for their favourite entries.