Readers have voted ABC as the Best Free to Air Network of 2023 in the annual TV Tonight Awards.
The broadcaster took out the award for the fourth year running ahead of Networks 10, Seven, SBS and Nine.
Chris Oliver-Taylor, ABC Chief Content Officer said, “The ABC is thrilled to win Best FTA Network for the fourth year running, as voted by the readers of TV Tonight.
“Many of us at the ABC are avid readers of the site and know how vital it is for all of us who work in the industry, it also allows us all to get a real sense of how Australia audiences are feeling about the shows they watch, programming changes or new things that we are all announcing.
“To be voted Best FTA Network for so many years in a row is testament to the many thousands of people that work at the ABC, across our News and Content teams and our world class local production sector. This combination of talent, generating some of the best content in Australia, from the 7pm News, Four Corners, Australian Story to Back Roads, Landline and Gardening Australia and Grand Designs Australia, Fisk, Bluey and The Newsreader is the reason why we all should be proud that Australia has such a strong National Broadcaster.
“Thank you to the wonderful readers of TV Tonight.”
Netflix was again voted Best Subscription Service.
Sam Pang, already voted Favourite Male, also took out the Most Underrated Performer of 2023.
Seven’s sensational FIFA Women’s World Cup ratings took out the Story of the Year while the International Show We Need to See was a melting pot of ideas, narrowly won by UK sitcom Big Boys -with a lot of other close contenders.
* denotes runaway winner
Best Free to Air Network : ABC
Best Subscription Service : Netflix
Most Underrated Performer : Sam Pang
Aaron Chen, Jackie Woodburne, Tom Cashman
(2022: Aaron Chen / Sam Pang tie)
International Show We Need to See on Aussie TV : Big Boys
Big Brother UK, General Hospital
Found, Hollyoaks, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here UK, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Mr Bates v the Post Office, The Golden Bachelor, The Woman in the Wall.
(2022: The Kelly Clarkson Show)
Story of the Year : FIFA Women’s World Cup ratings *
US Actors, Writers strikes
Death of Brian Walsh, Barry Humphries, Jock Zonfrillo, Cal Wilson, Johnny Ruffo
Lisa Wilkinson / 10 vs Bruce Lehrmann trial
Death of Matthew Perry
(2022: Coverage of death of Queen Elizabeth II)
There were just under 400 surveys completed, down slightly on 2022.
90% voted the site ‘Excellent’ or ‘Very Good’, with just 1% choosing ‘Disappointing’ – the same result as 2022.
64% visit ‘More than Once a Day’ or ‘Once a Day’.
Thanks again to all who participated!