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Channel 4 wins Channel of the Year

Channel 4 has been named channel of the year at the Broadcast Awards

Channel 4 has been named channel of the year at the Broadcast Awards.

The judges stated that Channel 4’s output was “at its strongest since [chief creative officer] Jay Hunt took over in 2011.”

The channel received particular praise for its factual categories – winning in the news and current affairs category for Dispatches: Escape from Isis.

It also picked up best factual programme for The Secret Life Of 4 Year Olds, as well as best documentary series for The Romanians Are Coming.

The judges noted that, despite more than half of the channel’s top 30 programmes being new, its all-hours share grew by 0.5 per cent, while its peak time share jumped by eight per cent.

“Winning Channel of the Year was a magnificent moment for everyone at 4,” said Hunt.

“It’s a wonderful pat on the back to all the producers, directors, performers and writers who’ve worked with my talented commissioning team to make some truly unmissable shows.”

The award comes at an uncertain time for Channel 4, after prime minister David Cameron hinted at the possibility of privatising the channel.