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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 by young people in Thailand. It includes stories about friends who take risks that can lead to HIV and AIDS infections. 

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. ONUCI radio aired a special radio programme for ICDB, which included a round table discussion, interviews with HIV + young people and on-the-street interviews.  The radio programme was aired by ONUCI Radio throughout Cote d’Ivoire, IRIN radio facilitated the street interviews, and UNICEF coordinated the event by providing technical and logistical support.

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 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 also 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.

About ICDB:
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.  

About International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences:
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.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 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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