Al Jazeera receives first International Emmy nominations

Thu Aug 14, 2008 10:15am EDT

Staff work at the English-language newsroom at the headquarters of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite channel in Doha, November, 14, 2006. REUTERS/Mohammed Dubbous

Staff work at the English-language newsroom at the headquarters of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera satellite channel in Doha, November, 14, 2006.

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NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - Al Jazeera's English-language coverage of the Myanmar crackdown and a current affairs program have earned the network its first International Emmy news nominations.

Besides Al Jazeera English, the Qatar-based satellite news channel, nominated networks include the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., TV Globo in Brazil, Pro TV News in Romania, ITV News in the United Kingdom and SBS Broadcasting in the Netherlands.

Al Jazeera and TV Globo were the only two to receive nominations in both the news and current affairs categories. TV Globo received nominations last year in both categories as well.

Al Jazeera English's "Kuala Lumpur News Hour" received the nomination for coverage of the military crackdown in Myanmar. ITV News was nominated for its coverage of Zimbabwe, and TV Globo received a nomination for coverage of a fatal TAM airliner crash. Pro TV News received a nomination for "Any Idea of What Your Kid is Doing Right Now?"

In the current affairs category, the public-affairs program "The Fifth Estate" snagged a nomination for the CBC, while "Hot Line" brought kudos for TV Globo and SBS' Peter R. de Vries received recognition for a story about Natalee Holloway. Al Jazeera's second nomination was for "Witness: Red Mosque."

For the first time, the international news categories will be unveiled with their U.S. colleagues at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards, scheduled for September 22 in New York.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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