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Susan Sarandon presents children’s programming honours at International Emmys

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UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Susan Sarandon (centre) with winners of the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award presented at the 34th International Emmy Awards gala in New York.

By Rachel Bonham-Carter

NEW YORK, USA, 21 November 2006 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Susan Sarandon presented an award for children’s broadcasting at the 34th International Emmy Awards gala in New York last night.

Ecaterina Telescu accepted the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award on behalf of Teleradio Moldova, saying it was more than they could have hoped for. “In the future we trust we will make more of these programmes for children,” she said. “The children are everything, they are the future and they have to be everything.”

The award-winning programme in Moldova, ‘Let’s Play’, is a live talk show hosted by two youth journalists and includes video inserts produced by other youngsters.

Children in a prominent role

“I think it’s important to remember that kids need special consideration,” said Ms. Sarandon, speaking backstage after the award presentation. “I’ve done interviews with some of these kids and I think it’s very empowering for them.”

The other five nominees up for the honour came from Bangladesh, Colombia, Gambia, Spain and Syria. Earlier in the day at UNICEF headquarters, they had received ICDB Regional Awards for their work. Plaques were handed out in recognition of their efforts to involve children in programming and production.

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UNICEF’s Executive Producer of Children’s Broadcasting Initiatives, Karen Cirillo (left), with winners of ICDB Regional Awards: Marianna Ferrer of RCN Television, Eladio Jareno of TVE and Fatou Sanneh Ceesey of Gambia Radio and Television Services.

“It is wonderful to have the opportunity to honour broadcasters who have dedicated their time to giving children a prominent role in the programming and production process,” said UNICEF’s Executive Producer of Children’s Broadcasting Initiatives, Karen Cirillo.

‘Sports for Development and Peace’

The event at UNICEF featured the screening of a video compilation of the regional winners’ programming, which was built around last year’s ICDB theme, ‘Sports for Development and Peace’. Formats ranged from magazine programmes to drama, cartoons and news – but all showed the best of international youth involvement in television.

UNICEF launched the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting in 1991 to encourage broadcasters to address children’s rights. Every year on the second Sunday in December, radio and television broadcasters dedicate a day to programmes by and for children.

ICDB 2006 takes place on 10 December with programming in line with the theme of the global campaign, UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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UNICEF correspondent Rachel Bonham-Carter reports on the presentation of the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award to Moldova Teleradio.
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