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The launch of a number of new channels has helped Sky's TV Managing Director for Content win a major industry award.

Sophie Turner Laing was one of six international television executives to be awarded an outstanding achievement award by the Marché International des Programmes de Télévision (MIPTV).

The creative forum made the Médaille d'Honneur presentations to coincide with its 50th anniversary celebrations.

Ms Turner - who joined Sky from the BBC in 2003 - was named Managing Director for Content in 2007. Under her leadership, Sky has introduced new channels Sky Atlantic and Sky Living, to complement Sky Arts and Sky 1.

The firm is committed to spending £600 million a year on British content and production; an increase of 50 per cent over three years. Original commissions include Hunderby, Welcome to the Places of My Life with Alan Partridge and A League of Their Own.

Laurine Garaude, Director of Reed MIDEM's Television Division, said the MIPTV 2013 Médaille d'Honneur was designed to honour "great industry personalities" who are highly recognised in their respective countries and by the international community.

She said Ms Turner - along with the other winners - has, through her talent, leadership and passion, played "a significant role" in the global television industry.

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