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Kenya and Colombia Win International Television Awards
for Promoting Children's Rights

NEW YORK, 20 November 2001 - Broadcasters in Kenya and Colombia left the stage at the 29th International Emmy Awards on Monday with special Emmys for their promotion of children's rights and children's participation in broadcasting.

ACE Communications (Kenya) and Canal Capital-Imaginario (Colombia) won the awards for their outstanding contributions to the 2001 "Say Yes for Children Campaign" and the 2000 International Children's Day of Broadcasting, respectively.

The awards were presented by UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Roger Moore and UNICEF Advocate Kristina Tholstrup at the 29th International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City Monday night.

"The International Council of NATAS is pleased to once again expand on our relationship with UNICEF to promote these very important initiatives," said Fred Cohen, President of The International Council of NATAS, the world's largest association of television networks and broadcasters. "Our Board Members, all top-level broadcast executives from around the world, have worked closely with UNICEF for the past eight years. The Say Yes For Children campaign and the International Children's Day of Broadcasting are projects that we wholeheartedly support," he said.

Cohen is also Executive Vice President of CBS Broadcast International and President of King World International.

Colombia's Canal Capital was recognized by the International Council and UNICEF for its outstanding efforts during last year's International Children's Day of Broadcasting (ICDB). Canal Capital dedicated over 6 hours of original programming to children, much of it produced by children themselves. ICDB, celebrated annually by more than 2,000 stations worldwide on the second Sunday of December, gives children a chance to express themselves by producing, presenting and reporting for television and radio shows around the world.
Alongside Canal Capital, TVCultura (Brazil), Namibian Broadcasting Corporation (Namibia) and TeleLumiere (Lebanon) were also nominated for the award..

The International Council expanded its relationship with UNICEF by creating a special award this year to recognise the most creative and effective promotion of Say Yes for Children, an international sign-up campaign designed to rally popular support for children's rights. Over 41 million people have pledges their support and voted for what they think are the three most important goals for children.

ACE Communications from Kenya won the competition over 30 other TV broadcasters who were in the running worldwide. The other three finalists were TBC TV (Georgia), Electromedia (The Philippines), and BBC1 - Newsround (United Kingdom).

"The support from the broadcasting industry for the Say Yes campaign has been terrific," said Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF. "So far more than 40 million people have signed on with their support for children. and broadcasters played a significant role in promoting the campaign. I extend a heartfelt thanks to them all."

The Say Yes for Children campaign urges people everywhere to pledge their commitment to 10 essential actions needed to promote and protect children's live. International television and radio networks and stations all over the world created a variety of original programming for the Say Yes campaign.

Broadcasters continue to mark the International Children's Day of Broadcasting with distinctive and dynamic programming produced in their own countries. This year's ICDB will take place on Sunday, 9 December.


For further information, please contact:
SSA Public Relations, Blanche Frankel, 212-679-4750, bfrankel@ssapr.com

UNICEF, Denise Searle, 212-326-6127, dsearle@unicef.org

The International Council of NATAS, MJ Sorenson, 212-489-6969, mjs@iemmys.tv