unicef announces international children’s day of broadcasting award nominees
UNICEF today announced the nominees for the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting (ICDB) Award, co-presented yearly by UNICEF and The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The seven nominees for the 2007 ICDB Award won their respective regional competitions.
The winner of the 2007 ICDB Award will be announced at the Academy’s 35th International Emmy® Awards Gala on 19 November 2007 at the Hilton New York Hotel. The nominees and regional winners are from Bangladesh, Brazil, Gambia, Germany, Kenya, Syria and Thailand and represent the best work produced for the 2006 ICDB. Read more about ICDB at www.unicef.org/icdb 
“Each year we are inspired and encouraged by the UNICEF family of broadcasters’ dedication to children’s programming and the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting,” said Stephen Cassidy, Chief of UNICEF’s Internet, Broadcast and Image Section. “Over and over we are impressed and humbled by the quality and creativity these broadcasters exhibit in advancing UNICEF’s mission to involve youth in the media-making process. Children everywhere are better served because of their work.”
Judging for the regional prizes took place between May and August and focused on the 2006 ICDB theme: “Unite for Children. Unite Against AIDS.” The entries were evaluated by teams of regional broadcasters and television experts. The judges looked at content, execution and year-round youth participation.
The ICDB Regional Prizes went to ATN Bangla (Hope for Life); TV Cultura (Big Doctor); Gambia Television and Radio Services (ICDB 2007: Unite for Children. Unite Against AIDS); ZDF (Stark! Khombisile – dance and fly of joy); Syrian Broadcast TV (Let’s Play); and NBT Thailand (From South to North, From East to West, Thailand ICDB-Unite for Children, Unite Against Aids).
The regional winners will also be honored at a special ceremony at UNICEF House in New York City.
The ICDB was launched in 1991 to encourage broadcasters worldwide to create awareness for children’s issues. Each December, these youth write, report, produce and present programs that allow them to express their thoughts on the issues that affect them. In 1994, The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and UNICEF established the International Children’s Day of Broadcasting Award to honor the broadcaster who best embraces the spirit of the ICDB.
The International Children’s Day of Broadcasting is celebrated by hundreds of broadcasters around the world. The next ICDB will take place on 9 December 2007 with the theme of “The World We Want.”
Founded in 1969, The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with over 500 members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television programming produced outside of the United States, and it presents the International Emmy® Award in fourteen categories. The International Emmy® Awards Gala, to be held November 20, in New York City attracts over 1,100 international figures in broadcast, entertainment and media.