International Emmy Awards Current Affairs & News

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International Emmy Awards Current Affairs & News
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Awarded forExcellence in international news coverage
CountryUnited States
Presented byInternational Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
First awarded1999 / 2007

The International Emmy Awards for Current Affairs & News presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS) recognizes excellence in international journalistic coverage produced and broadcast outside the United States.

The journalism awards in the international categories are presented alongside their American news and documentary counterparts as part of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' News and Documentary Emmys.[1]


The International Emmy for News was first presented in 1999 for the episode "A Witness to Murder" of the UK's Channel 4 program Dispatches.[2] The following year, ITN won the same category for its news coverage of Mozambique's 2000 floods.[3] The award was not presented in 2001.

In 2002, BBC News won for its coverage of the takeover of Kabul by Northern Alliance troops during the Afghan War. That same year, TV Globo's Jornal Nacional received its first nomination in the category, for the editions on September 11, 2001 and for the six days following the terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center.[4][5]

Channel 4 News won in 2003 with its coverage of Saddam's fall, the episode is a reference to the toppling of the dictator's statue in Baghdad.[6] The explosions in Madrid gave the British channel victory the following year.[7]

In 2005, the Associated Press news channel and the Netherlands' NCRV TV network shared the prize.[8] The tie was repeated the following year, with Sky News winning the category for its coverage of the July 7 attacks in London, and television stations NOVA, NPS, VARA from the Netherlands with their report on the "Hunt for the Taliban".[9]

In 2007, a new category was added to the International Emmy for News, "Baghdad: A Doctor's Story", from The Guardian in partnership with the BBC, won the Emmy for Current Affairs.[10]



  1. ^ "THE INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS". International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Archived from the original on 2014-10-08. Retrieved 2015-01-10.
  2. ^ "Brits lead TV pack". Variety. 1999-10-21. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  3. ^ "Best of British battle for Emmys". BBC News. 2000-11-20. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  4. ^ Kay, Jeremy (October 7, 2002). "International Emmy nominations announced". Screendaily. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  5. ^ Guider, Elizabeth (November 25, 2002). "Int'l Emmys spread the wealth". Variety.
  6. ^ Day, Julia (November 25, 2003). "Dyke attacks US war coverage". The Guardian. Retrieved November 25, 2003.
  7. ^ Deans, Jason (July 30, 2004). "Channel 4 News goes for Emmy double". The Guardian. Retrieved August 20, 2008.
  8. ^ Deans, Jason (September 20, 2005). "APTN wins News Emmy". The Guardian. Retrieved August 20, 2023.
  9. ^ "Main news networks up for Emmys". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-05-05.
  10. ^ "2007 INTERNATIONAL EMMY AWARDS NOMINEES FOR NEWS AND CURRENT AFFAIRS CATEGORIES SPAN ASIA, EUROPE & LATIN AMERICA - FIRST NEWS NOMINATIONS EVER FOR HONG KONG, ROMANIA, RUSSIA & THE PHILIPPINES". International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. 2007-08-29. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. Retrieved 2015-05-07.

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