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UNICEF calls for entries for Children’s Broadcasting Award

NEW YORK, 18 April 2006 -  UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2006 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award.  The ICDB Award will go to the broadcaster with the best programming that reflects the 2005 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting theme: Sport for Development and Peace.

To be eligible for the ICDB Award, the broadcast must have taken place on or around Sunday, 10 December 2005 in conjunction with the 2005 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting.

"This is a remarkable opportunity for broadcasters around the globe to be lauded for their contribution to the health, education, equality and protection of the world's children,” said Stephen Cassidy, chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section.
”The International Academy of Arts & Sciences and UNICEF are working together to encourage and recognize these broadcasters. We applaud broadcasters and ask them to continue to bring their talent and resources to the critical job of creating programming for and about children."

UNICEF also announced the theme for the upcoming 2006 International Children Day of Broadcasting: Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS. UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are calling on broadcasters to participate in the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting on 10 December, 2006 and highlight youth voices on the subject of HIV/AIDS.  Participating broadcasters will be eligible to submit entries for the 2007 ICDB Award.

“The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is honoured to partner once again with UNICEF,” says Fred M. Cohen, Chairman of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “By both encouraging and uniting with broadcasters around the world, we can all help to Unite against AIDS. We urge all broadcasters and media companies to participate actively in the 2006 campaign.”

For the second year, the ICDB Award judging will take place in 8 regions with broadcasters eligible for prizes. Entries are due to UNICEF’s regional offices by 2 June, 2006. The top-scoring program in each region will compete for the ICDB Award, to be presented at the International Emmy Awards Gala, November 20, 2006 in New York.

Information about regional judging and entry forms are now available at www.unicef.org/icdb.


Last year, the Award went to Egyptian TV for their treatment of ‘Help Build a Safer World for Children’.  Egyptian TV was selected from a list of eight regional ICDB prize winners that included TVE Brazil, ATN Bangla from Bangladesh, CCTV China, Denmark’s Radio Denmark, ETV Ethiopia, NTA Nigeria and Yangi Avlod Uzbekistan.

Established in 1991, the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting encourages broadcasters to produce programming by, with and for children. UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences jointly celebrate this initiative with the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award.
The International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is the largest organization of broadcasters in the world, with members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies.

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About UNICEF
For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 155 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.

Attention Broadcasters: To assist broadcasters in celebrating the day, UNICEF will offer a variety of public service announcements and programs with themes relating to ICDB and Unite for Children, Unite against AIDS. Information on obtaining programs can be found at www.unicef.org/icdb

For more information, please contact :

Karen Cirillo, UNICEF IBIS, 212 326 7506 kcirillo@unicef.org


 

 

 

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