Thu June 21, 2012 10:03pm
FOX Sports was named Channel of the Year at the ASTRA Awards in Sydney today.
The ASTRAs, now in their 10th year, are pay-TV's answer to the Logies and honour shows and individuals for their success, achievements and popularity.
Fox Sports received the highest award, while HBO's medieval fantasy Game of Thrones won the new category of best International Drama.
Channel [V] and Max received an award for the most outstanding music program/coverage for the Foo Fighters: Wasting Light on the Harbour.
Lord of the Rings star David Wenham was crowned Most Outstanding Male Actor for his role in Killing Time on TV1 and Kerry Fox was awarded Most Outstanding Female Actor for Cloudstreet on showcase.
Lara Robinson collected the Best New Talent award for her role in Cloudstreet while Nickelodeon's Luke and Wyatt were awarded Most Outstanding Performance by a Presenter.
Sky News political editor David Speers picked up Most Outstanding Performance by a Broadcast Journalist - his sixth consecutive ASTRA.
Sky News also won Most Outstanding News Program or Coverage for the Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd leadership showdown.
Comedy and talk shows may dominate free-to-air TV awards but it was The Lifestyle Channel's food guru Donna Hay and Selling Houses Australia's Andrew Winter who were the subscribers' choice for Favourite Female and Male Personalities.
Besides Fox Sports winning Channel of the Year, it also took home awards for Most Outstanding Use of Innovation in Programming for Fox Field and and Most Outstanding Sports Program or Coverage for the Big Bash cricket games.
Pay television's Astra Awards may not be as big as the Logies, but they're just as glamorous with models Megan Gale and Laura Dundovic and WAG Nation's Terry Biviano stealing the show.