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News Source: Sunshine Coast Daily (30th April 2007)

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THE accolades continued last night for the late Steve Irwin when he was named favourite male personality on pay TV at the fifth annual Astra Awards.

The subscriber-voted award for the Crocodile Hunter’s work, aired on the Animal Planet channel, was accepted by Steve's friend and manager, John Stainton, at a ceremony at the Hordern Pavilion in Sydney.

Irwin, a conservationist and larger-than-life TV presenter, also featured in the most outstanding news coverage category.

Sky News won the category for its piece, A Week That Changed Australia: The Death of Steve Irwin and Peter Brock.

The Astras, run by the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association, includes two types of award: the "favourite", voted on by viewers, and "most outstanding", decided by a panel of industry professionals.

Foxtel drama Love My Way again dominated the most outstanding male and female actor categories.

Dan Wyllie won his third consecutive gong, and Asher Keddie took her first. In a first for the Astras, Love My Way – which this year moved from the W Channel to Showtime – shared the most outstanding drama award with TV1's acclaimed drama-comedy Stupid Stupid Man.

Considered by many to be more comedy than drama, Stupid Stupid Man is the first original Australian sitcom on pay TV.

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