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UNICEF calls for entries for children’s broadcasting awards

NEW YORK, 25 March 2011 - UNICEF today called for entries from broadcasters for the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Awards.  The ICDB Awards will go to the radio and television broadcasters whose programming best reflects the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting theme, Girls Are… Boys Are…, and who demonstrate an overall dedication to youth participation in media.

To be eligible for the ICDB Award, broadcasts must have taken place on or around Sunday, 6 March 2011 in conjunction with the 2011 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting.  The deadline for entries is 1 July 2011. More information and entry forms can be found at www.unicef.org/icdb.

To encourage youth participation in media throughout the year, judges not only consider the quality of the work, but also the commitment broadcasters make to engaging with youth on an ongoing basis.

"It is very important to create opportunities for young people to express themselves,” said Stephen Cassidy, chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section.  “We want to honor broadcasters around the world that have made these opportunities possible.”

The ICDB Award regional judging will take place in UNICEF’s 8 regions. Entries are due to UNICEF’s regional offices by 1 July 2011. The top-scoring entries in each region will compete for the global ICDB Award, to be announced in the fall. 

Information about regional judging and entry forms are now available at www.unicef.org/icdb.
The 2010 ICDB Awards went to Télévision Togolaise (Togo) for their program “A nous la planete,” Maputaland Community Radio Station (South Africa) for their program “All Rights All Children” and Voice of Nigeria for their program “Kidddies Voices.” 

The ICDB Regional Prizes for television went to ATN Bangla (Bangladesh), Ethiopian Radio and Television Services, TV3 (Malaysia), C7 Sistema Jalisciense de Radio y TV (Mexico), SOREAD/2M (Morocco), Télévision Togolaise and UzNTT (Uzbekistan).

The ICDB Regional Prizes for radio went to Radijojo gGmbH (Germany), All India Radio, Tejarat Radio (Iran), TRAXXfm, Radio Televisyen Malaysia, Radio y Televisión de Aguascalientes (Mexico), Voice of Nigeria and Maputaland Community Radio Station.

Established in 1991, the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting encourages broadcasters to produce programming by, with and for children.


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 more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

For further information, please contact:
Karen Cirillo, UNICEF New York,
Tel + 212 326 7506




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