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Channel 4 wins BPG’s Innovation Award

Channel honoured for its advances in championing diversity

Channel 4 has won the Innovation Award from the Broadcasting Press Guild for its work in diversity.

The channel was nominated alongside BBC Three and Albert for the accolade.

Channel 4’s citation reads: “Channel 4 has built on its pioneering Paralympics coverage to embrace the wider community and has demonstrated a first-in-class commitment to its public service broadcasting remit”. The award was accepted by broadcaster’s chief executive Alex Mahon.

Other winners at the annual Broadcasting Press Guild Awards included Line of Duty for Best Drama; Blue Planet II for Best Documentary; The Crown for Best Streaming and The Great British Bake Off for Best Entertainment.

Individual accolade winners included Mark Bonnar who picked up the BPG’s Best Actor award; Claire Foy was named Best Actress and Jed Mercurio was awarded Best Writer.

The annual Harvey Lee Award for an Outstanding Contribution to Broadcasting was given to the children’s television producers Biddy Baxter and Edward Barnes, in special recognition of Blue Peter, which celebrates its 60 anniversary this year.