CBS, PBS and HBO Lead News And Documentary Emmy Winners

By Alex Weprin 

The 34th News and Documentary Emmy Awards were handed out last night at Jazz at Lincoln Center, located in the Time Warner Center. “Frontline” EP David Fanning accepted a lifetime achievement Emmy, with presenters including Ted Koppel, Sharyl Attkisson, Candy Crowley, Katty Kay, David Muir and Alex Wagner.

CBS News was the night’s big winner, taking home 12 Emmy statues, more than CNN, ABC and NBC combined. PBS took home nine Emmys, HBO took home six, CNN took home three, Nat Geo and NBC News took home two, while ABC News, AXS, BBC News, History Channel, Discovery Channel, the NY Times and Science Channel all took home one.

For CBS, “60 Minutes” took home six of the 12 Emmys, honoring stories about the Bin Laden raid and violence in Syria. The “CBS Evening News” secured three Emmy statues, with “CBS Sunday Morning” drawing three Emmys, and “CBS This Morning” one.

Seven of PBS’ Emmys were for “Frontline,”not counting the lifetime achievement award, with the others for “American Experience” and “Nature.” All of HBO’s Emmys were for its long-form documentaries.

CNN won for its 2012 election coverage, Nick Walsh’s reporting from the Middle East and an “AC360” special on kids and race. NBC News won for its election coverage and its Syria coverage, while the sole ABC News Emmy went to “Nightline.”

All the winners can be seen here. You can also see the laudatory spin from the winning networks, after the jump.


BBC World News scoops Emmy® Award for Syria coverage at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Emmy® Awards

New York, 2nd October 2013. The BBC has been honored with an Emmy at this year’s 34th Annual News and documentary Emmy® Awards for Inside Syria’s Uprising in the category of outstanding continuing coverage of a news story in a regularly scheduled newscast. The announcement was made at a ceremony at the Lincoln Center in New York on 1 October.

The report was broadcast on the BBC’s US newscast BBC World News America available globally on the BBC’s 24 hour international news channel BBC World News. The report also featured on BBC News outlets within the UK and online at

Inside Syria’s Uprising won the category of outstanding continuing coverage of a news story in a regularly scheduled newscast. Throughout 2012, BBC World News America has broadcast on the ground coverage of the Syrian uprising, including reports from inside the rebel movement in the province of Idlib, from the city of Aleppo as it came under assault, as well as ongoing reporting of the humanitarian impact of the conflict on ordinary Syrians. Despite the difficult conditions, the BBC’s Ian Pannell and Paul Wood, along with cameramen Darren Conway and Fred Scott, continued to report from inside the country through 2012, with their work reaching audiences in the U.S and globally on the BBC.

Andrew Roy, World Editor, BBC News and former Head of News for BBC World News said: “This award is a testament to the extraordinary personal commitment and bravery of an elite BBC News team – correspondents, cameramen, producers and fixers – prepared to risk their lives to tell the true story from Syria’s frontlines. The BBC is one of the few organisations still reporting from inside Syria’s warzones. It has been, and remains, one of the most difficult stories we have ever covered – we will continue to share this story with the world.”

BBC World News America is the BBC’s award winning US newscast, which is anchored from the BBC’s studio in Washington D.C by Katty Kay. The award-winning program is committed to providing the American public with a no-nonsense, reliable, and unbiased breakdown of the issues that matter most. The newscast has won numerous awards, including a DuPont-Columbia, an Emmy®, David Bloom Award s and three Peabody Awards. With access to over 70 overseas newsgathering bureaus, BBC World News America delivers unparalleled, on-scene coverage and goes beyond the headlines to provide analysis of the events that shape our increasingly complex world.



CNN was awarded with three Emmys at the 34th Annual News and Documentary Awards. CNN’s diverse recognitions of its journalism include:

Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story – Long Form
Election Night in America
Seven CNN control rooms in three separate cities with hundreds of staffers worked together to tell the story of the election in a blockbuster broadcast symphony. In addition to getting the votes first, CNN also got the analysis right, with John King at the “Magic Wall” to put reporting expertise on display with a visual tool that out each precinct’s fight in geographic and political perspective.

Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis
Anderson Cooper 360 – Kids On Race: The Hidden Picture
Race is one of the most explosive issues in America, and for many adults the most taboo to talk about. But simply not talking about it does not solve any of the issues and that is what the project aimed to do — get kids and their parents to talk about race and to look to this younger generation to see how far we’ve really come.

Outstanding Writing
Nick Paton Walsh: Reports from Syria and Afghanistan
Nick Paton Walsh’s poetic writing contrasts with the sobering environments from which his stories are usually drawn. His reports punch through the daily accounts of wounded and dead, and give us a fresh way to see the grinding pitilessness of war, and it’s quirky inconsistencies.

In addition to these News and Documentary Emmy Awards, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown was awarded with two Primetime Creative Arts Emmys in a ceremony in Los Angeles last month.

CNN Worldwide is a portfolio of two dozen news and information services across cable, satellite, radio, wireless devices and the Internet in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. Domestically, CNN reaches more individuals on television, the web and mobile devices than any other cable TV news organization in the United States; internationally, CNN is the most widely distributed news channel reaching more than 271 million households abroad; and CNN Digital is a top network for online news, mobile news and social media. Additionally, CNN Newsource is the world’s most extensively utilized news service partnering with hundreds of local and international news organizations around the world. CNN is division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner Company.


CBS takes home 12 News Emmys, most of any network

The 34th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards were presented by the Academy National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Tuesday evening in New York City, and several CBS shows took home awards for original reporting.

“CBS Evening News,” “60 Minutes,” “CBS Sunday Morning,” and “CBS This Morning” all played host to Emmy Award-winning reports in 2012. In all, CBS took home 12 News Emmys, the most of any network.

The award-winning reports covered a wide range of topics: from Seal Team 6 to congressional lobbying to Glen Campbell’s farewell tour to the front lines of Syria’s civil war.