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UNICEF Radio wins awards for programming on children at risk

© UNICEF Kenya/2006/Kamber
Mothers and children at a food distribution centre in Kenya, one of the countries covered in UNICEF Radio’s award-winning feature on the Horn of Africa drought crisis.

NEW YORK, USA, 13 October 2006 – Children affected by the conflict in the Middle East and the drought in the Horn of Africa were the subjects of two UNICEF Radio stories that received prestigious broadcasting awards last night.

While bombs and rockets were still raining down on northern Israel and southern Lebanon, UNICEF Radio’s Blue Chevigny brought together the recorded voices of teenagers from both sides of the conflict – and from the strife-torn occupied Palestinian territory – for a programme on how young people were coping with the violence.

Their stated concerns, fears and hopes revealed that the teens had far more in common than they realized. The programme was the winner of the Bronze Medal award for outstanding achievement in international radio programming, presented by the UN Department of Public Information and the New York Festivals at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. Click here to listen.

© UNICEF/Thomas/2006
The New York Festivals’ 24th Annual International Radio Programming and Promotion Awards gala.

In-depth stories

UNICEF Radio also won the New York Festivals 2006 Silver World Medal in the Social Issues/Current Events category for a radio feature on the crisis facing children in the Horn of Africa earlier this year. Click here to listen.

The radio feature, reported by UNICEF's Dan Thomas and produced by Ms. Chevigny, was picked by a number of broadcasters around the world  including BBC Radio Five Live, which featured it in a special programme on podcasting. Click here to listen.

UNICEF Radio is a global audio service focusing on the health, education, equality and protection of children worldwide and offering listeners news and in-depth stories. Programming is made available via streaming from the UNICEF website as well as high-quality MP3 downloads available for broadcasters and listeners free of charge.




UNICEF Radio Correspondent Blue Chevigny brings us first hand stories of young people in Lebanon, Israel and the occupied Palestinian territory.
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UNICEF Radio’s Dan Thomas reports on the crisis facing children in the Horn of Africa. Produced by Blue Chevigny.
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UNICEF Radio’s Dan Thomas is interviewed for BBC Radio Five Live’s ‘Up All Night’ about the impact of podcasting and his coverage of the drought in the Horn of Africa.
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