PBS tops News and Documentary Emmy nominees

NEW YORK: The 24th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Award nominees have been announced. The award ceremony takes place on 3 September at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. 

US public broadcaster PBS leads the nominees list with a tally of 31 followed by CBS with 19. ABC and NBC both got 18. NBC's subsidiary MSNBC got 13 nominations. CNN received six nominations.

Speaking on the nominations National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences president Peter O. Price said: "This year's nominations illustrate the excellent work currently being done in the field of news & documentary. The hard news nominees showcase remarkable reporting on such diverse topics as international terrorism, airport security, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the arrest of the DC snipers, the brutal conflict in the Congo, and the rescue of the Pennsylvania miners."

"The breadth of coverage in the documentary area is equally impressive, ranging from a five-part series on the human brain to a portrait of the celebrated American landscape photographer Ansel Adams," Price adds.

An official release informs that nearly 1,500 entries were received. The nominees in the outstanding coverage of a breaking news story in a regularly scheduled newscast category include ABC World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather Rumsfeld Notes, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather Snipers Caught .

CNN features in the outstanding coverage of a continuing news story in a regularly scheduled newscast. Its special 9/11: What Really Happened has been cited. Another special which looked at Bin Ladens group Terrorism - al Queda Documents has been nominated in the outstanding investigative journalism in a regularly scheduled newscast category. Larry King Live has been recognised in the outstanding interview segment.

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