Television award

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A television award is an award given for special television services . In contrast to pure film awards , news programs, documentaries and shows are also awarded. Even more than in the case of film, television awards play a major role in the discussion about media quality (their number is over a hundred in Germany). Some television awards are considered a seal of approval for television quality. The Adolf Grimme Prize , for example, is an annual definition of quality television, a goal that the German Television Prize has also set itself since 1999.

With the establishment of television as a mass medium in the 1960s, the television awards that were established at that time placed the television-specific qualities in the foreground. In 1964 the Adolf Grimme Prize, the DAG Television Prize (today ver.di Television Prize), the Television Play Prize of the German Academy of Performing Arts and the Prix Jeunesse were founded.

The objectives and evaluation categories for television awards are very different, there is no standardization of television award categories, in some cases the award categories are even determined according to the availability of potential award winners. There are both television awards that honor the “best television program” and awards that award scripts, actors, supporting actors, cameras, editing, etc. As with film awards, it is common practice for television awards that the award winners are determined by juries, nomination committees or editorial teams, thus from a system of experts.

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  • Tefi , a state television award, whereby all television channels in Russia (including regional channels and some perhaps unknown channels) can be nominated. The Tefi is a gilded statue that is supposed to represent Orpheus. The award is broadcast in the 1st program (Perwy canal).



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  • Scherfer, Konrad: German television awards. Arguments for television quality. Frankfurt a. M. etc .: Peter Lang, 2001, 310 pp. ISBN 3-631-37168-3