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Edinburgh TV Festival: Channel 4 named channel of the year

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Channel 4 has been named channel of the year at the Edinburgh International Television festival.

The network has had a string of hits over the last 12 months, with programmes including Gogglebox, First Dates, Catastrophe and Humans.

Adele's Nicki Minaj rap on Carpool Karaoke - the popular feature on The Late Late Show with James Corden - won TV moment of the year.

BBC One comedy Peter Kay's Car Share won new programme of the year.

Channel 4's chief creative officer Jay Hunt said: "It's a huge thrill for everyone for the channel to win this prestigious award for the second time in three years.

"It's a tribute to the superlative work of brilliant independent producers working with our talented commissioning team."

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Image caption Peter Kay and Reggie Yates were among the award winners

British television writer and playwright Sally Wainwright, whose credits include Happy Valley, won the outstanding achievement award.

BBC Three documentary Reggie Yates's Extreme Russia, which was broadcast before the channel moved online, won factual programme of the year.

The Last Panthers, a collaboration between Sky, Sundance TV and French channel Canal+ was crowned best international co-production.

The show was written by Jack Thorne, who also wrote Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which is currently playing in London's West End.

American crime drama The People vs OJ Simpson, which was broadcast on BBC Two in the UK, won the programme choice award.

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