‘NY Times’ Leads Nominees for Broadband Emmy Awards

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The Web sites for The New York Times and The Washington Post led the slate of nominees for the first-ever Emmy Award for broadband news and documentary programming.

For news and documentaries, NYTimes.com garnered three nominations: columnist Nicholas D. Kristof’s multimedia presentation on atrocities in Sudan; a pair of videos on the drug policies of Bolivia’s new president; and a seven-part interview series accompanying the newspaper’s investigative piece on child pornography.

WashingtonPost.com got two nominations: a Web documentary on the effects of corruption, poverty and history of authoritarian rule in Azerbaijan; and four videos on the lives affected by Hurricane Katrina.

Also nominated were MTV News segments on the Oct. 8, 2005, earthquake in South Asia, as shown on Overdrive.com; and National Geographic’s four-part webcasts on Katrina, as shown on Microsoft Corp.’s MSN.com. (The Associated Press runs an ad-supported online video news network using technology and advertising support from Microsoft.)

The award, eligible for programs that do not appear first on television or elsewhere, will be presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Sept. 25 in New York.

This week’s announcement follows the award of an Emmy in April to Time Warner Inc.’s AOL in the new category for entertainment delivered via the Internet, cell phones and other small-screen devices.

AOL’s “Live 8” concert special last July — delivered in seven separate feeds, all without the meltdowns common with previous online video events — was widely seen as a milestone in Internet video.

ESPN.com won a broadband sports Emmy in May for its “Off Mikes” webcast.

Other broadband awards will be given for business and financial reporting and for public service.

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