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The Best Regional TV Programmes and Skills in the Year of COVID

Prix CIRCOM 2021, that awards the best programming, content and skills created and displayed by Europe’s regional public service broadcasters and media operators during a most disruptive year, was open for applications from 20th January till 19th March 2021. More than 45,000 euros are there to be won in a package of cash, trophy, travel and accommodation (when health and safety permit) for winners and commended entries across 11 categories and a Grand Prix for the “best of the best”. As usual, it is also about the honour and prestige of winning.

There are more than 190 entries in 11 categories, almost identical to the number last year – despite the severe disruption of the pandemic. The busiest category is Documentary, closely followed by Minorities in Society. Spain tops the entries by country of origin, ahead of the UK and Poland. 

There seems little doubt that the sadness and stress of the year of Covid-19 will be reflected in what the judges will view. But there is hope too. Tragedies and the chaos can offer opportunities for perceptive reporting and opportunities for arts and drama to reflect as well as for factual content inform. There will be evidence of new ways of serving audiences and chances for newcomers to make their mark also. 

The judging will be done remotely in April 2021. Announcement of category winners and commended will follow in May or early June with another online gala event.

David Lowen, President of the Prix CIRCOM, said: 
This is evidence of an amazing level of production in great difficulties. There will be far more worthy winners than we have awards. It is very exciting.


Categories and sponsors in 2021 are:

pof tvp

  TVP Poland, sponsor of Grand Prix


pof rte 
RTÉ Ireland, sponsor of Documentary

pof asturias galicia TPA Asturias-TVG Galicia, sponsors of Entertainment and Drama 

pof bnt  BNT Bulgaria, sponsor of Europe 

pof coe1


 Council of Europe, sponsor of Investigative Journalism


pof ftv 120

 France Télévisions, sponsor of Minorities in Society


pof nrk

  NRK Norway, sponsor of Most Original and Innovative


pof tg4 v2

  TG4 Ireland, sponsor of Music and Arts


pof rpo

 RPO The Netherlands
, sponsor of News Programme


 SVT Sweden, sponsor of News Report

, sponsor of Video Journalism


     TVR Romania, sponsor of Young Onscreen Talent