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UNICEF awards Brazilian and Kenyan broadcasters the ICDB Awards

NEW YORK, 10 November 2009 – UNICEF awarded the 2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards to Rádio Justiça and Citizen TV at the annual ICDB Awards Ceremony at the Modern in New York.

Rádio Justiça, the radio station of the Supreme Court of Brazil, won the radio global ICDB Award for its 24-hour broadcast,  involving children from poorer communities and detention centers, that incorporated interviews, diaries, music and dramas in an effort to promote peace.

Citizen TV, a private TV station in Kenya, won the television global ICDB Award for its weekly program, “Angels Café,” an hour long magazine show presented by two youth hosts. The ICDB edition focused on raising awareness around children’s situations and also highlighting positive stories about young people in the community.

The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is a day set aside each year to celebrate children’s broadcasting and encourages young people to get involved in television and radio broadcasting.  The 2009 ICDB theme, “Unite for Children: Tune in to Kids,” asked children to explore their concerns, values, fears and dreams.

All the nominees won their respective regional competitions and represented the best work produced in 2009 for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting and a commitment to youth participation in media.

The ICDB Regional Prizes for television went to ATN Bangla (Bangladesh, “Voice of Children”), Cambodia National Television (CNT) (“Youth Today”), Citizen TV (Kenya, “Angel’s Cafe”), Surinaamse Televisie Journaal (STVS) (Suriname, “10 minuten Jeugd Journal,” created and produced by The Backlot), Télévision Togolaise (TVT) (Togo, “A Nous la Planete) and Studio ‘Razom’ (Ukraine, “Big Secrets”). The ICDB Regional Prizes for radio went to Rádio Justiça  (Brazil, “Sintonize as Crianças na Rádio Justiça”), EUCHIRA (Germany, “Kids from Germany Meet Kids from the Balkans”), Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (Ghana, “UNIIQ Curious Minds / Gems of our Time”), All India Radio (“Kids Tune in to Us”), TRAXXfm, Radio Televisyen Malaysia (“Tune in to Kids”) and Maputaland Community Radio Station (South Africa, “Zisize Children’s Radio Project”).

The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is celebrated by hundreds of broadcasters around the world.  The next ICDB will take place on 7 March 2009 with the theme “All Children All Rights.”


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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 New York
Tel + 212 326 7506
E-mail: kcirillo@unicef.org




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