Sky Sports wins "Best TV Broadcast Award for Outstanding Coverage" after debut season of Sky Sports F1HD

Last Updated: 20/12/12 9:31am

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Sky Sports has been awarded the "Best TV Broadcast Award for Outstanding Coverage" following the debut season of Sky Sports F1HD.

The award was presented by Bernie Ecclestone at the 2012 FIA Prize Giving Ceremony in Istanbul on Friday night, where the FIA World Championship presentations were also made.

Barney Francis, managing director of Sky Sports, said: "It's an honour to receive this award for our first season with Formula 1. This is a great sport that offers drama and excitement and we're proud to do it justice.

"A talented team, led by executive producer Martin Turner, has given us all thrilling coverage and real insight through their live coverage, weekly magazine show and a channel full of programming.

"One year ago we said we'd give Formula 1 'the Sky Sports treatment', and we meant it; a channel devoted to in-depth coverage of the sport, for new fans and old, and more ways for viewers to watch the sport. We can't wait for the next season to start."

As well as live coverage of all 20 Grands Prix in the 2012 season, Sky Sports F1HD viewers have enjoyed a raft of support programming including The F1 Show, F1 Legends presented by Steve Rider, Martin Brundle's How To and Britain's Next F1 Star .

Coverage was presented by Simon Lazenby and Georgie Thompson with commentary from Martin Brundle and David Croft, with expert analysis by Damon Hill, Anthony Davidson and Johnny Herbert and reports from Natalie Pinkham and Ted Kravitz.

Sky Sports F1 HD will continue throughout the winter with regular F1 programming as well as coverage of the build-up to the new season including all three February tests.

Sky Sports News HD, skysports.com and @skysportsf1 will also bring in-depth coverage and glimpse of what's to come as the grid prepares for the new season behind closed garage doors.

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