The biggest winner at the 40th Annual News & Documentary Awards, presented Tuesday by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, may have been the HBO program “Vice News Tonight” — which HBO recently opted not to renew.
The Vice program tied CBS’s perennial awards magnet “60 Minutes” with five trophies apiece, but “Vice News Tonight” delivered wins in three of the key categories, Outstanding Coverage of a Breaking News Story in a Newscast, for “Moment of Truth: Kavanaugh and Ford”; Outstanding Continuing Coverage of a News Story in a Newscast, for “Yemen’s Forgotten War”; and Outstanding Feature Story in a Newscast, for “Zero Tolerance.”
As we reported Tuesday, Vice, which produces “Vice News Tonight,” has just aligned with HBO rival Showtime, which gave a 13-episode order to the documentary series “Vice.” “Vice News Tonight” is moving to Viceland after HBO decided not to renew it.
HBO took home another of the evening’s top prizes when HBO Documentary Films claimed Best Documentary for the Mariska Hargitay-produced “I Am Evidence.”
Overall, HBO led all broadcast, cable and broadband outlets with 10 News & Documentary Emmys, edging out perennial front-runner PBS, which claimed nine. CBS was first among the big four broadcast nets, and third overall, with six trophies, followed by CNN with three.