Sydney: For the first time ever Australians win at the Rose d'Or Program Festival. The 2006 event just took place in Lucerne where the Australian Broadcasting Corporation - ABC TV won, not one but two of the awards.
Kathy Drayton and Helen Bowden took away the coveted Arts and Specials Award for their acclaimed documentary about photographer Carol Jerrems, Girl in a Mirror. Toi Toi Films produced the program for ABC.
Chris Lilley, writer and performer of We Can Be Heroes (aka 'The Nominees" in international program sales) was awarded the Rose d'Or for Best Male Comedy Performance. ABC-TV co-produced with Princess Pictures.
Head of ABC TV Arts and Entertainment, Courtney Gibson described the ABC-TV success thus: "The awards are usually dominated by British shows - call it revenge for the Ashes and the rugby."
This year, some 330 programs from 32 countries worldwide entered the high profile Rose d'Or competition which started in 1961.
For a full list of winners visit the official website http:// www.rosedor.com