Public TV Wins Big at News and Documentary Emmys

Sep 14, 2004  •  Post A Comment

Programs broadcast on public TV stations racked up eight wins, and History Channel had five wins at the 25th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards Monday night in New York. Among network news divisions ABC News was the leader with five Emmys, followed by CBS News with four Emmys.

Although it was a grand evening for Lifetime Achievement Award-winner Tom Brokaw, whom anchor Brian Williams will succeed as “NBC Nightly News” after the general election in November, NBC News claimed only two Emmys. (MSNBC is the TV home of Emmy-winning National Geographic programming-“National Geographic Explorer” and “Ultimate Explorer” won one Emmy each.)

Cinemax documentaries, including the Oscar-nominated winning “Spellbound,” won three Emmys. WUSA-TV, Washington, TLC, WLS-TV, Chicago, WTVF-TV, Nashville, and History Channel won one Emmy each.

Mr. Brokaw’s counterparts were among those who paid tribute to Mr. Brokaw before the NBC newsman accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award. “It is not something the academy gives you,” said “CBS Evening News” anchor Dan Rather. “It is something you have earned.”

Twenty-five-year-old C-SPAN also received Lifetime Achievement honors.

A complete list of those honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences can be found at www.emmyonline.org.

Highlights of the evening, which was hosted by “Saturday Night Live” star Darrell Hammond, will be telecast 8 p.m. (ET/PT) Saturday, Sept. 25, on the Discover Times Channel.