Int’l Emmy Awards unveils news, current affairs noms

ITN's Dispatches: Escape from ISIS (pictured) and TV Globo's Syria on the Run are among the titles to be nominated for this year's International Emmy Awards in the news and current affairs categories.
August 9, 2016

British-based news and content provider ITN and Brazilian television network TV Globo are among the broadcasters with nominations in this year’s International Emmy Awards’ news and current affairs categories.

The nominees, unveiled today (August 9), span across six countries and three continents, including the UK, Brazil, Germany, Malaysia, Qatar and Russia.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on September 21 at the Lincoln Center in New York where they will be recognized alongside their American news and documentary peers.

“In this volatile world where anybody can comment on serious world events on social media platforms, true journalistic voices and investigations are more crucial than ever,” said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, in a statement. “We salute the 2016 nominees for their outstanding broadcast journalism.”

The full list of nominees, with descriptions provided by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, follows below:


Nepal Earthquake Coverage – Nepal Earthquake and its Aftermath
Al Jazeera English News
Subina Shresta, AJE’s Nepal-based correspondent, witnessed the earthquake and its immediate consequences first hand. She was on the air within minutes, reporting on the devastation suffered, and the first reactions. Within hours she was joined by teams from Asia and Qatar.

Sky News – Migration Crisis
Sky News
(United Kingdom)
As thousands of Syrian refugees risk their lives to reach a better life in Europe, Sky News covers their perilous journey. We gain an exclusive insight, traveling with a group of migrants from Turkey to Greece, and are live on the Hungary-Serbia border as refugees and riot police clash.

RT News – UNGA: Special Coverage
Every year, world leaders descend on Manhattan to talk. UNGA 2015 was special not only because it was the 70th gathering – but also because it came amid unprecedented tensions in the modern times. What happened when all world leaders were placed in the same room?

Jornal Nacional and Fantastico – Microcephaly/Zika
TV Globo
In 2015, a rise in cases of microcephaly – associated to the Zika virus – stunned Brazil. Our reporters spoke to the first doctors to link the virus to microcephaly, and in the process, served the population by tracking the spread across the country and demanding action from authorities.

Current Affairs

101 East – Afghanistan: No Country for Women
Al Jazeera English
Afghanistan is one of the most dangerous places in the world for women like ‘Mariam,’ who was seven months pregnant when her husband almost killed her. In the majority of cases, abuse against women is committed by the people they love and trust the most – their families.

Dispatches: Escape from ISIS (pictured)
ITN / Ronachan Films / Evan Williams Productions / Mediadante
(United Kingdom)
This Dispatches special exposed the brutal treatment of the estimated 4 million women living under the rule of the Islamic State. Escape from Isis shows the extraordinary courage of an underground network trying to save women and children held as slaves by ISIS.

Reportage im Ersten – Long Thanh Will Lachen (Long Thanh Wants to Smile)
Agent Orange was a highly-toxic defoliant used by the U.S. military in the Vietnam War. It killed the plants that hid the enemy. 40 years later, generations of Vietnamese still suffer from Agent Orange, like 15-year old Long Thanh. However, despite the challenges he faces, he manages to live his life in an admirable way.

GloboNews Documentário – Syria on the Run
GloboNews / Globo TV
Syria on the Run sheds light on the lives of victims and witnesses of a war that has urged 6.5 million people to abandon their homes. In Aleppo, children find shelter in an underground school, a doctor assists the battlefront’s wounded, and rebels fight the regime and ISIL.

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