BBC Three triumphs at Broadcast Digital Awards

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BBC Three triumphed at the Broadcast Digital Awards, where the channel picked up five accolades including the coveted channel of the year.

It saw off competition from CBBC, Dave, Discovery Channel, E4 and ITV to take the top prize.

In what was a triple sweep, it also took best factual channel and best entertainment channel.

BBC Three took another two awards for its shows - one for zombie series In The Flesh (best scripted programme) and a second for The Call Centre, which was named best popular factual programme.

The recognition comes as the youth channel faces moving solely to iPlayer next year, subject to approval by the BBC Trust.

It has also lost its controller Zai Bennett, who announced he would defect to Sky Atlantic only a month after the announcement about BBC Three's future was made.

Broadcast editor Chris Curtis said: 'BBC Three's treble win at the Broadcast Digital Awards is a clear sign that the TV industry believes it is in rude health. Its challenge is to maintain that level of excellence as an online channel next year.'

Overall, the BBC won half of the awards up for grabs, a total of nine out of 18 categories.

The Voice picked up a gong for best app or website, while Stargazing Live was recognised for its content partnership with Zooniverse.

The Winter Olympics on the BBC took best sports or live events coverage, with CBBC game Ludus winning in the category for best digital children's content.

For a full list of winners, go here

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