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BBC Two named channel of the year
Gryff Rhys Jones on Restoration
BBC Two has trumpeted shows like Restoration as recent successes
BBC Two has won the award for the best terrestrial TV channel of the year, handed out at the Edinburgh Television Festival, for the second year running.

BBC Four was named best non-terrestrial channel at Saturday's ceremony.

BBC Director of Television Jana Bennett said they won for delivering "excellent programmes across all genres".

The winners were chosen by a panel of 13 media gurus, ranging from Heat TV editor Boyd Hilton to Media Guardian editor-in-chief Janine Gibson.

"Having a tribute like this from the industry is a fantastic testament to the quality of the creative work," Ms Bennett said.

Public service

BBC Two recently celebrated its 40th birthday and has trumpeted recent shows including The Office, Restoration and Seven Wonders of the Industrial World.

BBC Two was praised by judges for commitment to talent and doing an "amazing public service job".

Judges said BBC Four was the channel they most wanted in their homes.

The Channel of the Year Awards are now in their third year. Five won the first trophy in 2002, followed by BBC Two last year.

MTV was named non-terrestrial channel of the year in 2003 after Sky News won that accolade in 2002.


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