DD, NDTV, CBS win Commonwealth Bcast awards

NEW DELHI: Indian pubcaster Doordarshan and the Prannoy Roy-promoted NDTV, amongst others, bagged the Commonwealth Broadcasting Awards 2006, which were announced today here.

Other winners included the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

The awards, sponsored by World Bank, UNICEF, Amnesty International and Rolls Royce, were announced at a glittering function this evening as part of the on-going 26th Commonwealth Broadcasting Associations general conference.

Doordarshan bagged the CBA-World Bank Award for Programmes on Development Issues for From Fallows to Food Baskets, produced by Doordarshans Hyderabad centre.

The programme is a marvelous depiction of how villagers in India are producing more at low cost, by involving the community, particularly, women. The programme was made in collaboration with Community Media Trust, Pastapur, Andhra Pradesh.

Doordarshan has also won the CBA-UNICEF Award for Childrens Programme for the television drama Joymoti, which is the story of a girl whose father works as a labourer in a tea garden and how she takes up the challenge of education.

The programme was made by Doordarshans Silchar centre.
The other awards given away today are as follows:

* CBA-Rolls Royce Award for Exceptional News Feature went to Canadian Broadcasting Corporations programme A War in Words: An Iraqi Family Diary.

* CBA-Amnesty International Award for Human Rights Programme went to Australian Broadcasting Corporations programme A Knifes Edge.

* CBA-IBC Award for Innovative Engineering went to NDTV.

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