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The votes are in, and the results of the DS Awards 2002 can now be officially revealed.

The BBC was the main winner in the awards -- voting for which took place through December -- winning in nine of the eighteen categories.

A full breakdown of the voting follows:

Category 1: Best Broadband Service Provider
Once again ntl:home was the winner with 36%, closely followed by Telewest's Blueyonder with 26%. BT Openworld polled 14% and Freeserve 10%, whilst Pipex and AOL managed 7% each.

Category 2: Best Cable interactive application
BBCi was the undoubted winner with 63%, with Channel 4's interactive Big Brother service on 28%.

Category 3: Best Freeview interactive application
The BBC was again victor, polling 63% of votes for its Fame Academy interactive service, which included a live video stream from the academy. ITV's only ongoing application -- for kids Saturday morning show SM:tv live -- was second with 14%.

Category 4: Best Sky Digital interactive application
On Sky Digital, the battle for best interactive application was more closely fought. Ultimately, Sky News Active was again on top, managing 24% against Big Brother's 22%. Sky Sports Active was third with 16%, and BBC News Interactive fourth on 16%.

Category 5: Best Freeview Channel
BBC Choice was the readers' favourite, with 35%, whilst Sky News was second on 22%, followed by ITV2 on 15%. Newcomer UK History put in an impressive performance with 11%.

Category 6: Best Reality Series
There were no surprises when Channel 4's Big Brother 3 took the crown once more with 54%. The BBC's Fame Academy, slated by the press, came a respectable second with 13%, followed by ITV's I'm A Celebrity with 12% and Pop Idol with 10%.

Category 7: Best Soap
The BBC's EastEnders was again winner with 51%, but down on last year's 65% win. ITV's Coronation Street came second with a less impressive 21%, and C4's Hollyoaks beat Emmerdale to come third with 11%.

Category 8: Best New Channel
BBC Four, a replacement for BBC Knowledge in the BBC's digital lineup, was chosen as the best new channel of the year with a quarter of all votes. UK History was a close second with 23%, whilst EMAP's made-for-Freeview channel The Hits polled 18%. Reality TV was fourth on 17%, and MTV's Music factory managed 11%.

Category 9: Best Terrestrial Channel
BBC One was a clear first with 46%, but Channel 4 trounced ITV1 to take second spot with 22%. ITV1 finished with 14%, and BBC Two 11%. five lived up to its name in the rankings with just 7%.

Category 10: Best News Channel
Sky News was first in this new category with 48%, but faced a strong challenge from BBC News 24, which put in 42%. The ITV News Channel pulled 4%, whilst CNN International was ahead of the FOX News Channel by just one vote, both finishing on 2%.

Category 11: Best Gaming Platform
Onto the gaming categories, and the PS2 again came top, and again with 44%. The PC drew 26%, followed by Microsoft's X Box with 14% and Nintendo's Gamecube with 10%.

Category 12: Best Game
The title of best game was taken by Grand Theft Auto: Vice City for the PS2, drawing 32%. Grand Theft Auto 3 was second with 28%.

Category 13: Best Film
The first part of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy received the most votes in this category, with a third of all voters choosing it as their fave flick of the year. Spiderman was second on 12%, whilst the third Austin Powers movie was next, also on 12%. Diue Another Day managed 11%, as did Tom Cruise's Monority Report. Star Wars II: Attack of the Clones didn't put in a strong performance, meanwhile, with just 8%.

Category 14: Best Music Single
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers were the eventual winners of the best single of 2002 for 'By The Way', with a margin of just 3 votes over Liberty X's 'Just A Little'. Both polled 11%. Pink's 'Just Like A Pill' was third with 9%, followed by a revamped version of Elvis' 'A Little Less Conversation' with 8%, and Nickelback's 'How You Remind Me', also with 8%. Blazin' Squad's version of 'Crossroads' received the fewest votes, giving them an overall share of 0%.

Category 15: Best Radio DJ
Radio 1's Chris Moyles won the title of best DJ with 37%, followed by Radio 2's Terry Wogan on 22%. Three votes separated Sara Cox and Chris Tarrant, both on 16%.

Category 16: Best Radio Station
BBC Radio 1 was the most popular choice, selected by a third of all voters, with 12% going for Radio 2. Virgin was third with 10%, and Capital fourth with 9%. New station 6Music put in a solid 7%.

Category 17: Best Programme of 2002
Channel 4's Big Brother was again on top to clasim the title of best programme of the year, polling 14% of votes. The Office was second with 9%, rising from third last year, whilst the cult following of US import 24 helped it to third with 8%. A multitude of other entries were submitted, including mainstream shows such as Pop Idol and EastEnders, but also more obscure entires such as The Big Bang on The Adult Channel and CNX's Cowbnoy Bebop.

Category 18: Best Channel of 2002
BBC One took the title from Sky One, managing an eventual 16% victory. E4 came second with 12%, shunning Sky One to third with 11%. Channel 4 was fourth with 7%, followed by ITV1 with a disappointing 6%.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the awards.

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