Thailand’s National Broadcaster and Youth News Center nominated for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award
Bangkok (24th August) – Thailand’s national broadcaster, Channel 11 and producing partner, Thai Youth News Center, have been selected as the East Asia and the Pacific’s nominee for the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award. The Thai nomination will now compete against seven nominees from parts of the world. The winner will be announced at the International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City on Monday 19th November.
The Award is presented to a TV programme that best captures the spirit of the ICDB annual theme, involves young people in the production and presentation, and shows a commitment to young voices throughout the year. The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting takes place on the second Sunday in December each year. The 2006 theme was Children and AIDS to encourage programmers to focus on the impact of AIDS on young people.
The winning entry, a one hour programme called From South to North, From East to West, Unite for Children, Unite Against Aids, was selected from four entries from countries in East Asia and the Pacific. It was produced by the Thai Youth News Center, a national network of more than 1,200 young members from across Thailand who broadcast a weekly half-hour show on Channel 11, a national broadcasting station. For the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, the young producers combined interviews with experts on AIDS, sketches and skits on HIV prevention, conversations with celebrities, songs and dance. The diversity in content was complemented with stories produced by children representing all the regions within Thailand.
The other Award entries entailed an insightful report by young producers from China’s Children’s News Express on peer education programmes, an emotional investigation by two dynamic young presenters into the impact of HIV and AIDS in Malaysia called Two Hands and One Heart, and a journey into rural Mongolia to explore the challenges of reaching young people with accurate HIV-prevention messages.
A panel of jurors, who are television producers and academics and who screened the submissions together in Bangkok, selected the winning entry. The jurors were: Thitinan Boonpap, head of Radio and Television from Dhurakij Pundit University, Associate Professor Oratai Srisantiskuk, Faculty of Journalism and Mass Communication at Thammasat University, Kate Gunn, a producer with Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Craig Knowles, a producer from Asia Works, Zoe Popham, Business Manager at Infocus Asia, Max Tersch, a filmmaker with Post Prop and Shantha Bloemen from UNICEF.
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is a joint initiative of UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences that began in 1992 to encourage broadcasters to dedicate one day each year for “tuning into kids”. Since then, thousands of broadcasters in more than a hundred countries have participated by airing quality programming for and about children on the designated Sunday.
Broadcasters in East Asia and the Pacific are encouraged to get involved in this year’s International Children’s Day of Broadcasting, which will be 9 December 2007, and enter their programme for the 2008 Award. The theme for this year’s day is “The World We Want”, which encourages children to explore promises made by world leaders at the UN Special Session on Children in 2002 that resulted in the World Fit for Children Declaration. More information on this year's ICDB could be found at http://www.unicef.org/videoaudio/video_icdb.html.