By David Cass
BBC World, the BBC’s 24-hour international news and information television channel, has won the award for Best News Channel in the fifth Hot Bird TV awards.
BBC World, the BBC’s 24-hour international news and information television channel, has won the award for Best News Channel in the fifth Hot Bird TV awards in the Italian city of Venice. The awards are internationally recognised as a showcase for the best European satellite channels broadcast by Eutelsat. BBC World was chosen from a shortlist of three nominations in the News category by an international jury, composed of television critics and journalists from the specialist press, who were asked to analyse and vote on the best programme offerings from more than 150 television channels. BBC World was the only English language channel to win an award this year and was awarded the prize specifically for its coverage of the attacks on the USA on September 11th 2001. In annoucing the reasons for selection BBC World the judges' citation said, “In this category, the jury selected BBC World for the quality of its news team who worked so successfully to recount the events and aftermath of 11 September. The jury acknowledged the channel’s independence and authoritativeness which are fundamental to quality news reporting.”BBC World’s Senior Editor, Steve Williams was on hand to collect the award at the gala evening held at the Ca’Rezzonico Palace in Venice, “We are delighted to have won the News category this year. This award is a reflection of the accuracy, impartiality and quality of the news coverage BBC World delivers and of course also honours the tremendous hard work put in by everyone in the team based both out in the field and in London.” BBC World competes throughout the Middle East with CNN as the leading English language news channels and is available in the programming mix of most of the satellite TV platforms. As well as the Hot Bird satellites it is also broadcast to the region via Nilesat.