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Teleradio Moldova wins 2006 ICDB Award

NEW YORK, 21 November 2006 - Teleradio Moldova has won the 2006 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award, presented by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The award was given to the broadcaster for programming that reflected the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting theme in 2005: Sports for Development and Peace.

The award was presented to Teleradio Moldova Producer Ecaterina Telescu at the Academy’s 34th International Emmy® Awards Gala on November 20 at the Hilton Hotel in New York.

“Teleradio Moldova best embodied the spirit of the ICDB by incorporating youth voices in the programming and production process,” said Stephen Cassidy, Chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section.  “We were impressed by the high calibre of all the nominees’ programmes and proud to have such great work as part of our ICDB initiative.”

Teleradio Moldova’s entry, “Let’s Play,” featured two hours of programming that included a live talk show, video reports and in-studio games.  The live talk show was moderated by young journalists Daniela Babici (15) and Dumitru Antoceanu (23).  Teams of young journalists pitted their wits and strength against adult journalists in quizzes and sports.

The video reports highlighted the importance of sports in children’s development – teaching them about conflict resolution, respect, leadership and equality.  The reports captured sports at the “Friendship, Creativity and Sport” conference; competitions among children’s teams from residential institutions; sports training for children with disabilities; and reports on young people who excel at gymnastics and chess.

Teleradio Moldova was selected from six nominees, which included ATN Bangla (Elegy for Dipu); RCN Television (Bichos Bichez); Gambia Television and Radio Services (ICDB: Children in Charge - Every Child Has the Right to Play); TVE (Los Lunnis) and Syrian Broadcast TV (Let’s Play).

These nominees received Regional ICDB Awards at a breakfast ceremony at UNICEF in New York on Monday, 20 November.
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting was launched in 1991 to encourage broadcasters worldwide to raise awareness of children’s issues. Each year, youth write, produce and present programmes to express their thoughts on the issues that affect them. In 1994, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and UNICEF established the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award to honour the broadcaster who best embraces the spirit of the ICDB.  

The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is celebrated by hundreds of broadcasters around the world each December. The next ICDB, on 10 December 2006, will focus on HIV/AIDS.

Founded in 1969, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with more than 500 members representing over 400 companies across nearly 70 countries. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television programming produced outside the United States and presents the International Emmy® Award to programmes in fourteen categories.  The International Emmy® Awards Gala, on 20 November in New York City, attracted over 1,100 international figures in broadcast, entertainment and media.

For 60 years UNICEF has been the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 156 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.

For further information, please contact:
Karen Cirillo, UNICEF IBIS, 212 326 7506 kcirillo@unicef.org




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