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WCVB Win 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for ‘Overall Excellence’

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Boston’s WCVB has reason to celebrate: Last night, at the 2014 Murrow Awards ceremony in New York (presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association) the ABC affiliate won the national Edward R. Murrow award for “Overall Excellence” in the Television (large market) category. This is the second time in three years the station has won this award.

The “Overall Excellence” award recognizes WCVB’s collective work from the past year, including its extensive coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing as well as its newscasts, breaking news, continuing coverage, investigations, features, weather and sports.

“It’s an incredible honor to receive the National Murrow award for the second time in three years,” WCVB president and general manager Bill Fine said in a statement. “An award of this caliber, that’s bestowed by our peers, is the highest form of praise.”  Read more

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Miss America Returns to ABC, With TV News Anchors in Tow

DCProductionsGretchen Carlson, Robin Meade, Phyllis George, and Paula Zahn are just a few of the TV news names who owe some of their early success to the Miss America Organization.

As the Pageant returns to ABC Sunday night, the organization is looking ahead to next year and a new partnership with dick clark productions. The collaboration will include work on all creative, marketing, sponsorship, ticketing and distribution elements for the organization.

TVSpy spoke with Sam Haskell, chairman and CEO of the Miss America Organization, to get his take on the new deal, plus what’s in store for Sunday’s 60th anniversary show.

What made you want to collaborate with dick clark productions?

Sam Haskell: Well, they’re one of the leading suppliers of live TV coverage in the country. Also, I represented Dick Clark 25 years ago when I was an agent, and I’ve worked with the company on many different types of programming. When Mark Bracco left ABC to join dick clark productions, I knew we’d be in good hands.

What changes can we expect for next year’s Miss America pageant?

Haskell: There won’t be very many changes to the actual broadcast. The changes will be behind the scenes, it will be more about the brand and using multiplatform programming to spread the word. We’ll be going on college tours, promoting our education issues like getting young women involved in STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering and Math). Miss America is so much more than a two hour telecast. Our partnership with dick clark productions will focus primarily on year- round branding work. Of course, we’ll be working very closely with them on the telecast as well, which I’m sure will be full of surprises.

Will there be any surprises on this Sunday’s show?

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RTDNA Announces Edward R. Murrow Award Winners for 2013

RTDNA has announced the winners of the 2013 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards.

The big winners were Boston ABC affiliate WCVB with 7 awards, Denver NBC affiliate KUSA with nine awards, Seattle NBC affiliate KING with eight awards and Minneapolis NBC affiliate KARE with ten awards in the large market category for their regions.

The most dominant small market stations in their respective regions were Tulsa, OK, ABC affiliate KTUL with six awards and New Orleans FOX affiliate WVUE with nine awards.

You can view the complete list of winners by clicking here.

WJAN Takes Home the Most Hardware at Suncoast Emmy Awards

Miami’s MundoFox affiliate WJAN was the big winner at the 36th Annual Suncoast Emmy Awards over the weekend.

While NBC owned station WTVJ took home the award for the region’s best evening newscast for its 11 p.m.news, WJAN dominated the rest of the competition, taking home statues for Feature News Report – Serious Series, Best Crime Reporting, Best Single Spot News Promotion, Best Campaign News Promotion, Best Campaign Program Promotion as well as winning Best News Producer, Best On-Camera Reporter and Best Non-News Program Writer in the craft section of the awards.

You can see the complete list of winners by clicking here.

Here’s the List of 2012 Murrow Award Winners

The 2012 National Edward R. Murrow Award winners have been announced.

In the large market local TV categories, Minneapolis-St. Paul NBC-affiliate KARE took home a couple of awards. The Gannett-owned station won for “Video Reporting: Hard News” and reporter Boyd Huppert was honored in the “Writing” category.

In the small market categories, KCCI in Des Moines was awarded for “Overall Excellence” while its crosstown rival, WHO, won for “Video Feature Reporting.” New Orleans Fox-affiliate WVUE won two small market awards, including “Video Continuing Coverage” and “Video News Series.”

Full list of local winners inside… Read more

WFAA, WSB, WTVF Honored with duPont Awards

The duPont jury has announced 14 winners of the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards, including four local news stations. WFAA-TV in Dallas/Ft. Worth will be honored for a series of investigative reports about corrupt practices at local trade school, WSB-TV in Atlanta has won a duPont for its investigative series about sovereign citizens and housing fraud, and WTVF-TV in Nashville is being honored for their investigation into Tennessee state agencies found to abuse the law for profit. Detroit Public TV is also being honored for a series about energy.

CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley and Michele Norris from NPR will host the duPont Awards ceremony Thursday, January 19, 2012, at Columbia University’s Low Memorial Library.

This will be the 70th anniversary of the duPont awards, presented each year to honor excellence in broadcast and digital journalism. The awards were established in 1942 by Jessie Ball duPont in memory of her husband, Alfred I. duPont.

WTHR, WGRZ Win Edward R. Murrow Awards for Overall Excellence

WTHR staffers at the 2011 Murrow Awards

Twenty local television stations were presented with Edward R. Murrow Awards at an RTDNA dinner honoring the winners in New York City last night. TVSpy was there as WTHR in Indianapolis was presented the award for Overall Excellence in a large market. WGRZ in Buffalo was honored for Overall Excellence in a small market.

Although the winners represented every platform of the news industry — national news, radio, online — enthusiasm for the local stations was palpable, with staffers from winning stations cheering on their colleagues audibly as they took the stage to accept their awards.

In his opening speech, RTDNA chairman Kevin Benz implored the 95 Murrow award winners — more than the RTDNA has ever presented before — to “celebrate truth through journalism.”

“The practice of producing great journalism is as important today as it has ever been,” he told the packed ballroom at the Grand Hyatt in New York City. Read more

Denver’s KMGH, Chicago’s WMAQ Win News & Documentary Emmys

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences presented its 32nd annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards last night, and while most of the awards categories were for national news (read about those winners over at TVNewser), Chicago’s WMAQ and Denver’s KMGH were both honored with Emmys in regional categories.

WMAQ’s 10 p.m. newscast won the Outstanding Regional News Story in the Spot News category for their coverage of the Burr Oak Cemetery scandal. WMAQ, which is an NBC owned-and-operated station, beat out Nashville’s WSMV, the only other nominee in spot news.

Denver ABC-affiliate KMGH won the Emmy for Outstanding Regional News Story in the Investigative Reporting category for Tony Kovaleski‘s report called “33 Minutes to 34 Right.” Other nominees in the investigative reporting category were KHOU in Houston, KUSA in Denver, WTHR in Indianapolis and WVUE in New Orleans.

Read the full list of winners here.

KNBC Leads Los Angeles Emmys With 13 Awards

KNBC was the big winner at Saturday evening’s annual Los Angeles Emmy awards, bringing home 13 Emmys. KTLA was next with six, while KABC and KCBS each won four.

KNBC, the NBC O&O in LA, swept the Regularly Scheduled Daily Newscast categories, winning for all three timeslots: morning, daytime and evening. KNBC was also recognized for Outstanding News Feature Reporting, which was awarded to reporter Bruce Hensel, and Outstanding News Writer, which was awarded to Mary Harris.

KTLA was recognized for excellence in the Live Coverage of an Unscheduled News Event category, bringing home an Emmy for their weather coverage. The CW-affiliate’s news director, Bryan Hileman, was also awarded Outstanding News Director.

CBS O&O KCBS won the Live Special Events and the Investigative Reporting categories. ABC O&O KABC took home prizes for Serious News Story and for Outstanding Hard News Reporting, which was awarded to reporter David Ono.

Read the full list of winners here.

Emmy Rundown: Lower Great Lakes Region

Cleveland’s WEWS was the big winner at the 2011 Lower Great Lakes Emmys this week, bringing home 10 awards including wins in the Evening Newscast and Morning/Daytime Newscast categories.

Also recognized for their evening newscasts were Indianapolis’s WTHR (for Markets 21-40) and Fort Wayne’s WANE and Toledo’s WTVG (both for Market 41+).

Scott Bremner (right), managing editor for WICU-WSEE, became the first person from the Erie market to win an Emmy. He nabbed a statuette for his Commentary/Editorial Writing category for his weekly “Thoughts from Under the Hat” segment, which airs Fridays during WSEE’s 6 p.m. newscast.

List of additional winners inside… Read more

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