BBC Newsnight & BBC World News America Emmy success with North Korean feature

It's great for the team to get recognition on an international scale - this is a real feather in Newsnight's capSteve Mitchell, Head of Programmes, BBC News
Date: 27.09.2011     Last updated: 18.03.2014 at 18.13
Category: BBC World News
BBC Newsnight and BBC World News America have triumphed at the 32nd Annual News and Documentary Emmy ® Awards with a unique insight into North Korea by BBC correspondent Sue Lloyd-Roberts. The Emmys were presented by the National Academy of Television arts and sciences in New York last night, Monday 26 September 2011.

Inside the North Korean Bubble commissioned by BBC Newsnight won the category of Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast. The film saw reporter Sue Lloyd-Roberts accompanied by Newsnight cameraman Tony Joliffe, gain extremely rare access to one of the world's greatest enigmas - North Korea. While taking the "model tour," Lloyd-Roberts was able to offer an insight into everyday life in this closed country. It was originally broadcast in the UK in June last year.

Another BBC Newsnight commission was also nominated in this category. The Harsh Lives of Kabul's Street Children saw Peabody Award-winning BBC correspondent, Lyse Doucet, reporting from some of the wealthiest of streets in the Afghan capital of Kabul and meeting some of the children trying to make a living on the streets.

Commenting on the award, Peter Horrocks, Director BBC Global News said: "I would like to thank the Academy for this wonderful recognition of BBC News. In a year dominated by big international news stories, it is an indication of US audiences’ growing appetite for the trusted and impartial perspective BBC News offers on the world around them, whether through TV, radio or online. This award is a real tribute to the talent, dedication and editorial ambition of our journalists and editorial teams across the BBC.”

Congratulating BBC Newsnight, Steve Mitchell BBC News' Head of Programmes said:

"This is an amazing achievement for Sue and the Newsnight Team. One of Newsnight's attributes is it can provide the space and time for the creation of such powerful and high quality features and it has been doing that for the last 30years. It's great for the team to get recognition on an international scale - this is a real feather in Newsnight's cap."

This year, BBC World News America scored a total of four Emmy® nominations including two nominations in the category for Outstanding Continuing Coverage Of A News Story In A Regularly Scheduled Newscast and two nominations in the category for Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast.

This week, there was also recognition for the BBC News website in the US at the 12th annual Online Journalism Awards (ONAs), with the site winning the category for General Excellence in Online Journalism, Large Site. It was also announced this week, that BBC World Service has recorded record figures in the US, with its audience increasing to 10.2 million, up from 9.9 m in Fall 2010 (source Arbiton Spring 2011 data)

BBC World News America has previously won an Emmy® Award in 2009 for Business and Financial Reporting for Return to White Horse Village, which looked at the impact of urbanization on a Chinese farming village.