|Wednesday 18 July, 2001
BBC World Service Wins Webby
BBC World Service has won the Webby Award for Best Radio website at the fifth annual Webby Awards 2001.
Online Journalist, Kelly Shephard, reports from San Francisco at the event of the digerati calendar.
The Webby Award was given by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences who voted for the best website in each of 27 categories.
Using the award ceremony’s five word allowance for acceptance speeches Chris Westcott, Head of BBC World Service Online, said: ‘Shukran, Shie-Shie, Spaseeba, Gracias, Thanks.’
Each word says ‘thank you’ in five languages - Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and, of course, English - where BBC World Service provides full 24/7 news, information and interactive sites.
Speaking after the event Chris Westcott said:
|‘This Webby Award for BBC World Service reinforces our aim to be the best known and most respected voice in international broadcasting.’ |
‘BBC World Service is unique in offering a multilingual hub for global online news, information and interaction in 43 languages - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In a world of exploding competition, to have our quality acknowledged with this prestigious award is an outstanding achievement.’
What Are The Webbys?
In 1996, Tiffany Shlain, the creator of The Webby Awards, had the idea to devise an award for the best internet sites.
Now in its fifth year, the Oscars for the internet showcase the best websites from around the world.
As with other award ceremonies the Webbys are divided into categories. From an initial 19 in 1996, this year’s nominations fell into 27 sections.
The Webby Award for each category is awarded by members of The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.
The organisation has 350 members, drawn from a range of professions, and includes names such as Francis Ford Coppola, Bjork and The Simpsons’ creator, Matt Groening.
From the five nominees in each category, the judges selected one winner based on content, structure and navigation, visual design, functionality, interactivity, and overall experience.
Speaking to BBC News Online, Academy director Maya Draisin clearly outlined the objective of the Webbys when she said:
'With the internet undergoing major change, The Webby Awards are needed now more than ever to help people avoid the hype and to enjoy the websites that are the most outstanding, entertaining and useful.'