Rose d’Or: Ben Shephard and Nazan Eckes to host Awards Ceremony

Lucerne: The hosts of the Golden Jubilee Awards Ceremony, the climax of the 2010 Rose d'Or festival, were today revealed to be Nazan Eckes and Ben Shephard.

The red carpet will be rolled out on 22nd September at the Culture and Convention Center Lucerne (KKL) when the global television industry gathers for the presentation of the Rose d’Or Awards. The Awards Ceremony has been the highpoint of the Rose d’Or for 50 years. This year two of the best young hosts in the industry have been signed up for this event: German-Turkish Nazan Eckes and Ben Shephard from the UK. 

Nazan Eckes (34) started her television career as a trainee at VIVA, where she became a producer in 1998. In 1999, she moved to the German private broadcaster RTL and initially hosted the weather of the local magazine show «Guten Abend RTL». She then became anchorwoman for «RTL II News» and from 2004 hosted shows such as «Life! – Die Lust zu leben», «Bosporus Trend», «RTL II Jahresrückblick», «Explosiv-Weekend» und «Punkt 12». She hosted the dance show «Let’s Dance» with Hape Kerkeling in 2006 and 2007, and this year with Daniel Hartwig. She has had her own show with «Nazan – echt persönlich» starting this year. Nazan Eckes is also familiar with awards ceremonies, since she hosted the «Echo» awards in 2008. 

Ben Shephard (35) has been a popular host on British television for over a decade. He started at MTV, and got his big break with Channel 4, where he presented Bigger Breakfast and launched T4, in 1998. Since then he has worked on high-profile shows for all the major broadcasters. Among them were the BBC’s «1 vs 100» and such shows as «The Xtra Factor», «Soapstar Superstar» and «The Krypton Factor» for ITV, where he is currently to be seen on «This Morning». For the last decade he was a regular host on GMTV and this month made his debut as anchor of live Uefa Champions League matches and co-presenter of «Goals On Sunday» on Sky. 

A Journey through 50 Years of Television HistoryFor this year’s Rose d’Or Festival, which will take place in Lucerne from 18th to 22nd September, 110 programs have been nominated in 11 categories. On the Golden Jubilee Awards night on 22nd September, the 11 Rose d’Or award winners will be revealed in the Culture and Convention Center Lucerne (KKL). Celebrities and high-profile personalities will hand over the awards, among them the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schröder, who will present the first Rose d’Or “Social Award”. 

The awards ceremony is integrated into a show celebrating 50 years of television entertainment reflected through the history of Rose d’Or, a fast-moving journey through five decades of entertainment with videos and guests from the TV programmes that have transformed the world of television since the sixties.