Broadcasters from Thailand, Cote D Ivoire and Mozambique win the 2007 ICDB awards
NEW YORK, 11 December 2007 – UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have presented the 2007 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award to National Broadcasting of Thailand (NBT). The 2007 ICDB Award for Radio Excellence was presented to ONUCI FM (Cote D’Ivoire) and Radio Mozambique.
The awards were given to the broadcaster whose programming best reflects the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting theme in 2007: Unite for Children. Unite Against AIDS.
“We are very impressed with all the nominees for tackling the sensitive subject of HIV and AIDS with such dignity and creativity,” said Karen Cirillo, UNICEF’s Executive Producer for Children’s Broadcasting Initiatives. “NBT’s program best embodied the spirit of the ICDB by providing a great opportunity and responsibility to the Thai Youth News reporters to create and present stories not only on the ICDB itself but throughout the year,” she added.
NBT’s entry, “From South to North, From East to West, Thailand ICDB-Unite for Children, Unite against Aids,” was written and produced young people in Thailand. It includes stories about friends who take risks that could lead to HIV and AIDS infection.
After each story, the youth producers were interviewed about their experiences by other young presenters. Youth reporters also interviewed high level Thai cabinet and ministry members.
ONUCI FM and Radio Mozambique shared the first ICDB Award for Radio Excellence.
Radio Mozambique’s entry called “Child to Child Radio Program” was a live show that consisted of interviews, games and quizzes. A team of youth reporters also presented special programs on the impact of HIV and AIDS on youth. A special CD of music composed and produced by children and young people on the subject of HIV and AIDS was launched.
The ICDB award for television broadcasters was presented to Thai Youth News Founder Weera Suwannachot on behalf of NBT at the Academy’s 35th International Emmy® Awards Gala on November 19, 2007 at the Hilton New York Hotel.