NEW YORK, 22 November 2004 Â? ATN Bangla from Bangladesh has won the special International ChildrenÂ?s Day of Broadcasting Award at the 32nd International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City.
The International Emmy was awarded jointly by UNICEF and the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (IATAS) in a star-studded ceremony this evening at the New York Hilton Hotel.
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Harry Belafonte presented the award to ATN Bangla, which was chosen as having produced the best programming on the International ChildrenÂ?s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) in December last year. Presented 11 months later, the award highlights the winnerÂ?s achievements in promoting children's rights and supporting children's participation in broadcasting.
This year there were more than 30 TV broadcasters competing for the award. In addition to the winner ATN Bangla, the other finalists were BTV-8 and Walt Disney International from China; Nation Television from Kenya and Lao National Television from Lao PDR.
Â?The International ChildrenÂ?s Day of Broadcasting unites kids all over the world. ItÂ?s helping to empower kids. ItÂ?s helping adults learn more about how kids think and feel. And it's beginning to change the world for our children,Â? said Stephen Cassidy, Chief of UNICEFÂ?s Broadcast Section.
ATN Bangla produced a 25-minute documentary depicting the real-life story of a local hero. The documentary Â? Amrao Pari (Â?We can beÂ?) Â? was produced by the weekly 25-minute Bangladeshi TV programme Aamra Korbo Joy ("We shall overcomeÂ?). Aamra Korbo Joy is created and produced entirely with a group of 16 teenagers who participate in all stages of the process, from conceptualization to scripting, production and filming.
The International ChildrenÂ?s Day of Broadcasting gives children and young people the chance to become directly involved with television and radio Â? as reporters, presenters and producers of programmes that express their own dreams and concerns. ICDB is celebrated every December by countless children around the globe. This yearÂ?s Day is Sunday 12 December. Learn more about ICDB - www.unicef.org/icdb
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