PBS, CBS News Lead News Emmys

Sep 25, 2007  •  Post A Comment

“60 Minutes” kicked off its 40th season with the biggest sweep of any single program at the 28th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards ceremony Monday night. The granddaddy of all TV newsmagazines earned four of the five Emmys taken home by CBS News, including one for the late Ed Bradley’s investigation into the Duke rape case, an award that seemed particularly popular with the audience of some 1,000 people packed into the ballroom at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers.
Another “60 Minutes” winner: Mike Wallace, for his interview with Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a year before colleague Scott Pelley’s interview with the Iranian leader on the eve of this week’s controversial return to New York City.
Dan Rather, making his first such public appearance since his filing last week of a $70 million lawsuit, alleging that CBS and parent Viacom made him a scapegoat and pushed him out of the “CBS Evening News” anchor chair and CBS News itself to appease the White House after his “60 Minutes II” story about President Bush’s Vietnam-era service in the Texas Air National Guard, made no overt reference to his legal attempt to reclaim his reputation in his remarks as an Emmy presenter.
However, as he tipped his hat to former “Nightline” anchor Ted Koppel for a “well deserved” honor for Lifetime Achievement, Mr. Rather noted that it was a good night to remember that “the bedrock principles of news” remain the same.
While public broadcasting programs collected a total of nine Emmys, CBS News was the big network news winner.
Discovery Channel walked away with three Emmys. NBC News won three Emmys. Peripatetic “Today” news anchor Ann Curry accounted for one of “NBC Nightly News’” Emmys with a report on the human crisis in Darfur. HBO and sister channel Cinemax earned two gold statuettes.
ABC News won an Emmy for ABC News correspondent Brian Ross and his investigation on “ABC World News” and “Nightline.” Also receiving one Emmy each were CNN, Documentary Channel, National Geographic, VH1, We tv, and four broadband documentaries on Web Sites: the Detroit Free Press’ freep.com, mediastorm.org, pbs.org/frontlineworld, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s sfgate.com.
A detailed list of the winners can be found at www.emmyonline.tv.


  1. WHy do you keep snubbing PBS? You mention that they led the Emmys along with CBS, yet there’s barely a mention. No programs are listed, no personalities etc.
    The name of the publication is TV Week, not Commercial TV Week. Please try to show some balance.

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