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International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award nominees announced

NEW YORK, 23 October 2006 – UNICEF today congratulated the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award, co-presented yearly by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.  The six nominees for the 2006 ICDB Award won their regional competitions.   The regional winners are from Bangladesh, Colombia, Gambia, Moldova, Spain and Syria and represent the best work produced for the 2005 ICDB. 

“We couldn’t be more pleased or more proud of these broadcasters who have taken up UNICEF’s call to get youth involved in programming and production,” says Stephen Cassidy, Chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section.

The winner of the 2006 ICDB Award will be announced at the Academy’s 34th International Emmy® Awards Gala on November 20, 2006 at the Hilton New York Hotel.

Judging for the regional prizes took place between May and July and focused on the 2005 ICDB theme: “Sports for Development and Peace.”  The entries were evaluated by teams of regional broadcasters and television experts.

The ICDB Regional Prizes went to 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); Teleradio Moldova (Let’s Play), TVE (Los Lunnis), and Syrian Broadcast TV (Let’s Play).

The regional winners will be honored at a special ceremony at UNICEF House in New York on 20 November 2006.

The ICDB was launched in 1991 to encourage broadcasters worldwide to create awareness for children’s issues. Each December, these youth write, report, produce and present programs that allow them 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 honor 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.  The next ICDB will take place on 10 December 2006 with the theme of HIV/AIDS.

Founded in 1969, the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with over 500 members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television programming produced outside of the United States, and it presents the International Emmy® Award to programs in fourteen categories.  The International Emmy® Awards Gala, to be held November 20, in New York City attracts 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.

Attention Broadcasters: To assist broadcasters in celebrating the ICDB on 10 December, UNICEF offers 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 further information, please contact:

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




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