‘World News Tonight’ Takes Home Three Emmys

Sep 26, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The late ABC “World News Tonight” anchor Peter Jennings was remembered last Monday night, with three Emmys going to the flagship newscast at the 26th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, sponsored in New York by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

The globe-trotting Mr. Jennings, whose memorial service was held the next day at Carnegie Hall, would have been pleased that all three stories honored were about events in other countries: “Battle of Fallujah,” “Hidden War: Genocide in Darfur” and “Iraq: Where Things Stand.”

Among the outlets receiving multiple trophies, programming seen on public broadcast stations received six Emmys. ABC News won four Emmys. NBC News took home four (three for “Dateline NBC”) as did CBS News (with two for the canceled “60 Minutes II”).

Former CBS “Evening News” anchor Dan Rather received a special career tribute, and HBO Documentary and Family President Sheila Nevins received a Lifetime Achievement Award (see related story, this page). Mr. Jennings’ career tribute will not take place for another year.

Ms. Nevins’ crown received a few new jewels, with three Emmys going to HBO and two to sister network Cinemax.

Discovery Times Channel and the Discovery Channel received two Emmys each. The History Channel, MSNBC and Sundance Channel received one Emmy each.

Regional reporting awards went to WABC-TV in New York and WCAU-TV in Philadelphia.

International reporting awards went to stories about the deadly hostage tragedy in Beslan, Russia, by the Associated Press Television News and Netherlands Public Broadcasting.

The complete list of winners can be found at the NATAS Web site, www.emmyonline.org.