UNICEF Announces Nominees for the 2009 International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards
NEW YORK – KYIV, 21 September 2009 – UNICEF today announced the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Awards. The awards are given by UNICEF for outstanding commitment to the ICDB by television and radio broadcasters. For the first time the programme for children from Ukraine (‘Big Secrets’, Dnipropetrovsk) is among the nominees of ICDB awards.
The winner of the 2009 ICDB Awards will be announced at an awards ceremony dinner at The Modern on 10 November 2009 in New York.
The nominees each won a regional competition and now go on to compete for global honours. This year’s nominees come from Bangladesh, Brazil, Cambodia, Germany, Ghana, India, Kenya, Malaysia, South Africa, Suriname, Togo and Ukraine and represent the best work produced in 2009 for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting
“We are thrilled with broadcasters’ dedication to the ICDB and children’s programming,” says Stephen Cassidy, Chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section. “We are inspired by the diversity and creativity these broadcasters exhibit in celebrating UNICEF’s mission to involve young people in the media-making process. Children around the world reap the benefits of their commitment.”
Regional judging took place between June and August and entries were evaluated by teams of broadcasters, radio and television experts and communications specialists. The judges looked at content, execution and year-round youth participation.
The ICDB was launched in 1991 to encourage broadcasters worldwide to create awareness for children’s issues and takes place the first Sunday in March. On that day, youth write, report, produce and present programmes that allow them to reach a wide audience with their thoughts on the issues that affect them.
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 2008 ICDB Award for Television went to China Central Television (CCTV) for their program “On the Road.” The 2008 ICDB Award for Radio went to Ghana Broadcasting Corporation for their program “Curious Minds.”
The next ICDB will take place on 7 March 2010 with the theme “All Children All Rights.”
About UNICEF: 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.
Karen Cirillo, UNICEF IBIS, 212 326 7506 firstname.lastname@example.org