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Star News India wins broadcasting award from UNICEF, IATAS

NEW YORK, November 25, 2002 - Star News has been named as the winner of the special International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award, conferred jointly by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS) and UNICEF. UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Mia Farrow, presented the award on Monday, 25 November at the 30th International Emmy Awards Gala at the Sheraton New York. The award highlights the efforts of broadcasters worldwide to promote children's rights and children's participation in broadcasting.

The winner, Star News from New Delhi, India, primarily a news channel, actively participated in ICDB 2001 with five programmes, the Big Fight, Small Talk with Amitabh Bachchan, Assignment, Dil Se and International Children's Day of Broadcasting interstitial. It is the first time that India won this award. Star News India won the competition over 30 other TV broadcasters who were in the running worldwide. The other three finalists were TV Cultura from Brazil - a three-time winner of the ICDB Award; Canal Capital from Colombia - last year's winner of the ICDB Award, and Channels Television from Nigeria - first-time nomination.

"The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is pleased to once again present the important International Children's Day of Broadcasting Award. The IATAS mission is to promote quality programming and it is extremely important that we promote quality children's programming, which this award encourages," 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 tenth anniversary on 8 December, ICDB has grown to be the world's largest child rights broadcasting campaign, aimed specially at encouraging children's participation in the media.

"We're excited that Star News has won this award. It's the first time for India and a sign that children's voices and issues are reaching larger and larger audiences. We look forward to ICDB turning into a year-round phenomenon," said Marjorie Newman Williams, UNICEF's Director of Communication.

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 50 countries on its Board. It was created to honor 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:
Denise Searle
Division of Communication, UNICEF
Tel: 212-824-6127 Fax: 212-326-7731; dsearle@unicef.org

MJ Sorenson
International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
Tel: 212-489-6969 Fax: 212-489-6557; mjs@iemmys.tv





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