NEW YORK (AP) -- Television networks in Brazil and Japan won their first-ever International Emmy Awards in the news and current affairs categories.
Brazil’s TV Globo won the International Emmy for news on Monday for “Jornal Nacional: War on Drugs,” about the four-day raid in November 2010 by security forces to take control of a major drug dealer‘s stronghold in Rio de Janeiro.
Japan’s NHK took the Emmy in the current affairs category for “Back from the Brink: Inside the Chilean Mine Disaster” about the 69-day ordeal of 33 miners trapped underground and their dramatic rescue last year.
The awards were presented at a New York ceremony by The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which recognizes excellence in television produced outside the U.S.
“Although TV Globo and NHK are both large and respected media organizations, this is the first time either has won an International Emmy for news,” said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of The International Academy, in a statement announcing the winners. “We take great pride in their achievements and congratulate them and the journalists behind these riveting reports.”
Nominees for 10 other International Emmy Awards categories will be announced Oct. 3. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on Nov. 21 in New York.