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ITV wins BAFTA for Brazil '08 show

Posted by éndér_48 on Pazartesi, Nisan 27, 2009 No comments

ITV Sport and North One Television won the BAFTA for best sports programme for the third consecutive year at the British Academy Television Awards in London on Sunday evening.

The ITV team landed the accolade for its coverage of the spellbinding 2008 Formula 1 world championship decider in Brazil, which provided a fitting finale to its 12 years of broadcasting the sport.

In the most nail-biting climax to a title battle ever seen, Lewis Hamilton pipped Felipe Massa by a single point after passing Timo Glock’s Toyota with just one corner to spare to become the youngest champion in F1 history.

ITV Sport’s Brazilian GP show saw off stiff competition from the BBC’s coverage of the Olympics and the epic Wimbledon men’s final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, as well as Channel 4’s broadcast of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

James Allen, who commentated on the title showdown along with Martin Brundle, expressed his delight at the award.

“I’m absolutely buzzing,” he said.

“It is the third year in a row that the team I was part of has won this most prestigious award.

“This is really special because we were up against the BBC’s outstanding Olympics coverage and frankly we didn’t expect to win.

“But I guess the BAFTA judges must have taken the view that what happened on that final lap was so extraordinary and that we gave it the right coverage and soundtrack.

“I’m really proud of the work of all the ITV crew, the production staff from North One TV and the presenters over the 12 years.

“But I’m especially proud of those last few minutes, which showed F1 at its absolute finest.”

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