Last night saw the subscription television industry gather at Sydney Theatre for the sold out 9th Annual ASTRA Awards. Hosted by Lee Furlong, Tara Moss and Helen Dalley, the glamorous event was a jewel in the crown for what has been an exceptional year for subscription TV. The entire night from the red carpet, through the 90 minute ceremony to the exclusive after party was a reflection of the breadth and depth of talent and content across the subscription TV platform.

ASTRA CEO Petra Buchanan said, “The great programming and talent that distinguishes subscription television was on display last night at the ASTRA Awards. The entertaining ceremony was packed with star power and great musical performances celebrating the stars and shows Australians love to watch”.

Guests on the night were entertained by musical performances from Jessica Mauboy, Katie Noonan’s Elixir Trio and Guineafowl. A surprise unscheduled performance by Icehouse’s Iva Davies, had him perform an acoustic rendition of his Australian classic Great Southern Land, which was met with rapturous applause. The musical talent continued at the exclusive after party where Channel [V]’s Danny Clayton and Jane Gazzo spun the decks and vocalist Cavan Te entertained the guests with some classic soul, old school funk, R&B and smooth jazz accompanied by a vocal trio and baby grand piano.

The LifeStyle Channel

Favourite Program – Australian: Selling Houses Australia Series 3- The LifeStyle Channel
Favourite Program – International: Grand Designs Season 8 – The LifeStyle Channel
Favourite Personality – Female: Sarah Murdoch – FOX8
Favourite Personality – Male: Andrew Winter – The LifeStyle Channel

Most Outstanding Children’s Program or Event: Penelope K, By The Way – CBeebies
Most Outstanding Music Program or Coverage: Big Day Out Li[V]e 2010 – Channel [V]
Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage: Vancouver Olympic Winter Games – FOXTEL
Most Outstanding Documentary: Who We Are – Bio
Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage: Election 2010 – SKY NEWS
Most Outstanding Reality Program: Australia’s Next Top Model Series 6 – FOX8
Most Outstanding Lifestyle Program: Grand Designs Australia – The LifeStyle Channel
Most Outstanding Light Entertainment Program: Australian Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2010 – Nickelodeon
Most Outstanding Drama: Spirited – W
Most Outstanding Use of Innovation in Programming: Delhi Commonwealth Games 2010 – FOXTEL

Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Male: Matt King – W
Most Outstanding Performance by an Actor – Female: Catherine McClements – Showcase
Most Outstanding Performance by a Presenter: David Speers – SKY NEWS
Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist: Ashleigh Gillon – SKY NEWS
Best New Talent: Peter Maddison – The LifeStyle Channel

Stay tuned for our coverage ‘On the spot’ at the Astras’ Red Carpet event, where we had the chance to Talk with Rove, Lincoln Lewis, Luke and Wyatt, and Jessica Mauboy.

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