News website collects People's Voice Webby

BBC News website Online voters chose the BBC News website in the Webby awards' news category

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The BBC News website has collected a People's Voice Webby award in the news category.

The awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences for excellence on the internet.

In the 16th annual awards ceremony, the judges made The Daily Beast website their choice as winner in the news category but online voters disagreed, voting for the BBC News site to win.

There were nearly 1.5 million votes for all categories in the People's Choice section, cast from over 200 countries, a record for the Webbys.

BBC News beat nominees The Huffington Post, NPR and The New York Times.

The BBC News website's Jonathan Duffy and Nathalie Malinarich went to the ceremony in New York, also attended by Spike Lee and Bjork.

The Webbys restrict acceptance speeches to five words. The News website's chosen words were 'It's good to be back'. Duffy explained that this was referring to winning year after year and then not being nominated last year.

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It's good to be back”

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While in the US, Nathalie Malinarich also collected a Peabody award for bbc.com. The Peabody judges said 'with access to more than 2,000 journalists and the BBC's 72 overseas news bureaus, the site is uniquely situated to provide immediate, evolving coverage of news events great and small'.

It comes after the website won the an Appy award in April for the best news and sport app.

The BBC's Philharmonic Maestro was nominated in the mobile and experience marketing category of the Webbys. It is an interactive virtual orchestra that allows a user to step up to the conductor's podium. It was pipped to the post by an advert for Ariel washing detergent which made an online game out of getting stains out of your clothes.

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