POSTED: October 13th 2015

SPORTELMonaco: Eurosport a triple crown winner at the inaugural TV Sports Awards

Peter Hutton, Eurovision CEO, was named Media Executive of the Year / TV Sports Awards
Peter Hutton, Eurovision CEO, was named Media Executive of the Year / TV Sports Awards

LAURA WALDEN (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) Pan-European based sports channel Eurosport took away a triple crown of awards at the inaugural TV Sports Awards last night held at the Yacht Club de Monaco during SPORTELMonaco.

The three awards were for Best Sports Broadcaster, and CEO, Peter Hutton, was named Media Executive of the Year and parent company, Discovery, secured the award for Best TV Rights Deal for its agreement with the IOC for pan-European rights to the Olympic Games from 2022.

Co-organised by SPORTEL and Play for Change, the ceremony was held in support of the global sports charity dedicated to the provision of life changing opportunities for children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Marie Le Page, Director for Play for Change, said, "We are thrilled to announce such a host of worthy winners for the inaugural TV Sports Awards. Play for Change uses sport and education as a driver of social change and the TV Sports Awards has been a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our work to an influential audience. The evening celebrated the best of the sport media industry but also reflected on the power of sport in helping to change the lives of disadvantaged communities and children.

"It has been a fantastic occasion and a pleasure to host world-renowned sportsmen and sportswomen plus some of the most important stakeholders in the sport and media industry at the ceremony. The live auction helped us raise a significant amount of money for those in need and we hope to make the ceremony even bigger and better next year."

SPORTEL attendees voted on the winners of the awards and the event was hosted by Guido Bagatta and Sky Sport News presenter Kate Abdo, featured an array of sporting legends, including former FIFA World Player of the Year Luís Figo and Italian World Cup winning captain Fabio Cannavaro.

A special Play for Change award was given to football star Rio Ferdinand for his contribution in creating the Rio Ferdinand Foundation, an initiative that engages and supports young people in disadvantaged communities through positive activities, mentoring, training and development of skills for employment and business.

TV Sports Award 2015 winners are:

Best Sports Broadcaster 
• Eurosport (Discovery)

Best Live Event Coverage 
• Amaury Sport Organisation for the Tour de France

Best Digital Media Project 
• Omnigon Rugby World Cup App

Best TV Rights Deal 
• Discovery and Eurosport agreement for European rights of the Olympic Games
Media Executive of the Year 
• Peter Hutton, CEO, Eurosport

Play for Change Award
• Rio Ferdinand, Rio Ferdinand Foundation is an official media partner of SPORTEL

**LAURA WALDEN has over twenty-five years of experience in the Olympic Movement, formerly at the European Olympic Committees with SportEurope under former IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge and IOC Member Mario Pescante. She worked with the Rome 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympic bids and also managed PR & media for Dr. Jacques Rogge during his campaign for the presidency.

Keywords · SPORTEL · Olympics · Monaco

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