Murdoch Wins Pay TV Favourite Personality

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Sarah Murdoch may have got the name of Australia's Next Top Model wrong in the final of the last series but that didn't stop her being voted favourite female personality by pay television viewers.

Host of Australia's Next Top Model, Murdoch, won the favourite female television personality and this year's Australian Subscription Television Awards (ASTRA Awards) at the Sydney Theatre on Thursday night.

Murdoch thanked her family for all their support while she worked long hours on the show.

"For me, it is such a pleasure to go to work every day," she said.

The award for favourite male television personality went to Andrew Winter from the LifeStyle Channel.

Proving that Australians never get sick of real estate programs, a number of the LifeStyle Channel's shows on the subject received awards in both the popular and outstanding categories.

The favourite Australian program award went to the third series of LifeStyle Channel's Selling Houses Australia.

Meanwhile, the most outstanding light entertainment series went to the LifeStyle Channel's Grand Designs Australia and its host Peter Maddison was also recognised as the best new talent.

Most outstanding performance by an actor went to Spirited's Matt King, while the most outstanding performance by an actress went to Catherine McClements for her role in Tangle.

Neither King, who has returned to his native Britain, nor McClements were present to receive their awards, but King's co-star and producer Claudia Karvan accepted on his behalf.

"Max said, 'I'm so sorry, but I can't be there, but I live in another realm where people like me don't win awards'," Karvan said on King's behalf.

Spirited also took out the award for the most outstanding drama series and Australia's Next Top Model won for the most outstanding reality series.

Foxtel took out the sporting awards, winning most outstanding sports program or coverage for the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games and most outstanding innovation in programming for its coverage of the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

The LifeStyle Channel won the best pay television station award.

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