NEW YORK, November 24, 2003 – Television 13 of Colombia has been named the winner of the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award, conferred jointly by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and UNICEF.
Television 13 receives the honour at the 31st International Emmy Awards Gala at the New York Hilton Hotel tonight. The award highlights the efforts of broadcasters to promote children’s rights and children’s participation in broadcasting.
Television 13, a regional public network, with the support of Fundación Imaginario, won the prize for giving children a central role in a wide range of broadcasts, including Tropas de Paz (Peace Troops), Disparando Cámaras para la Paz (Cameras Shooting for Peace) and A Prender TV (To Learn TV). Television 13 finished ahead of 30 other TV broadcasters who were in the running for their contributions to the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) in 2002. The other three finalists were TV Cultura from Brazil – a three-time winner of the ICDB Award; Blue Nile TV from Sudan, and Television of Thailand.
"The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is very pleased to once again present the important International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award. The Academy’s mission is to promote quality programming worldwide. We are honoured to work with UNICEF in promoting quality children’s programming to meet the important needs and viewpoints of children," said Fred Cohen, President, International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
ICDB, celebrated annually by more than 2,000 stations worldwide on the second Sunday of each December, gives children a chance to express themselves by producing, presenting and reporting for television and radio shows around the world. Marking its 11th anniversary this year on 14 December, ICDB has grown to be the world’s largest child rights broadcasting campaign, aimed at encouraging children’s participation in the media.
“The key for children is meaningful participation and we found that Television 13 really made a connection with children, who were able to express their views and feelings in a country troubled by violence and conflict,” said Marjorie Newman Williams, UNICEF’s Director of Communication. “We look forward to this kind of child-centred programming becoming even more familiar on our screens around the world.”
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, a division of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, was chartered in 1969 and is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with representatives from over 60 countries on its Board. It was created to honour excellence in television programming outside the United States by awarding the International Emmy Award. The International Academy is a unique, independent organization including the world’s top television and media leaders who come together to exchange ideas, discuss standards and promote new strategies for the future of quality global television programming.
For further information, please contact:
Division of Communication, UNICEF
Tel: 212-326-7100 Fax: 212-326-7731
International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Tel: 212-489-6969 Fax: 212-489-6557