One of the most prestigious international television awards events, The Rose d'Or, was held in Lucerne, Switzerland, last week. Titling itself the 'festival for entertainment television programming', this week long festival included several charity events, the presentation of the 2005 Rose d'Or Winners, and induction of the most recent members to the xxx Hall of Fame. The Rose d'Or Festival has been running for 45 years and is one of the key business events for the global entertainment television industry. About 40 countries are represented at the Festival. Originally located in Montreux, the event moved to Lucerne in 2004 to accommodate a new-look Festival with additional events and a wider audience appeal.
The big winners in the 2005 Festival were British comedians Matt Lucas and David Walliams, who won gold for 'Best Comedy' for their BBC series Little Britain, and individual gold awards for Best Male Comedy Performance. Sir Bob Geldof was presented with the Rose d'Or Charity Award in recognition of his humanitarian work and to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Live Aid. This honour was presented by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte, who is himself a human rights campaigner. Among other highlight awards the Rose d'Or Social Awareness Award was presented to Sesame Workshop of the USA in recognition of programming which has done the most to highlight the issues of AIDS/HIV. The 2005 Festival also hosted, for the first time, the FRAPA Format Awards, which recognised excellence in Game Show Format, Reality Format and Scripted Format.