The European team poses with the Ryder Cup (Getty Images)
European Tour Productions and Sky Sports have together won the Best Sports Programme at the prestigious UK Broadcast Awards for their coverage of the of the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah Country Club.
The award was presented to the Sky Sports golf team earlier this month at the Grosvener House Hotel in London in front of an audience of more than 1,300 people.
The judges’ citations were full of praise in describing the Ryder Cup coverage as: “Brilliant building of drama and almost faultless telling of one of the famous victories of sport”; “I’ve never had so much fun watching golf”; and “Brilliantly captures the sheer excitement and nail-biting finale of the event”.
The Best Sports Programme short list also included Channel 4’s coverage of the Grand National and Royal Ascot, BBC’s coverage of both Murray’s Wimbledon victory and Sports Personality of the Year and ITV’s coverage of the Isle of Mann TT.
Rupert Hampel, Managing Director of European Tour Productions, said: “Congratulations to everyone at ETP, Sky Sports and CTV. This richly deserved award is the result of a team effort led by Hoddy Wood, Jim Storey and Tony Coxon and reflects everyone’s dedication and professionalism. We’re proud to share this award with Sky and also want to pay tribute to everyone at CTV who have supported us so incredibly well over the last 20 years.”
The Best Sports Programme was one of 20 awards presented during the night alongside Channel of the Year, Best Documentary Programme, Best Entertainment Programme and more. The Best Sports Category covers all sports related programming from live and highlights coverage of sporting events to sports-themed programming such as magazines and discussion shows with the award going to the one-off, special event or series judged to be the outstanding work broadcast in the UK during the qualifying period.
Previous winners include: F1 Abu Dhabi, Formula 1 - Monaco Grand Prix, John Smith's Grand National Meeting 2008, The Ashes and Indian Premier League Final.
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