By Elizabeth Jensen
CBS’s “60 Minutes” was the top winner at the 27th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, taking home four statuettes.
CBS’s “48 Hours” also won an Emmy, pushing the network’s total to five awards, which left it tied with PBS for the most honors by network. History Channel programs received four Emmys during the ceremony, held Sept. 25 at the Marriott Marquis in New York.
Work from Iraq by the late ABC anchor Peter Jennings for “World News Tonight” won two of ABC’s three awards, including the honor for best story in a regularly scheduled newscast.
TelevisionWeek is a sponsor of the awards, which are presented by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The awards honor work done in 2005, including numerous reports on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Accepting a lifetime achievement award, Bill Moyers, who has been called “the conscience of America” for his reporting for public television and CBS, thanked the First Amendment and his funders, whom he called vital to his career as an independent journalist. “Without funding, the First Amendment is just an empty ATM machine,” he said.
Three press organizations-the Committee to Protect Journalists, the International Press Institute and Reporters Without Borders-were honored for their work defending press freedom.