AL JAZEERA English won the award for ‘Best 24 Hour News Programme’ at the 48th Monte Carlo Television Festival, beating entries from BBC News, Sky News, Lisboa TV and the Phoenix Satellite TV.
Among the specific reports highlighted at the festival included Nour Odeh’s reports from Gaza, where she was caught in the middle of a violent street battle between Hamas and Fatah.
In addition to ‘Best 24 Hour News Programme’, AJE received nominations in every news category at the awards show, including ‘Best TV Item’ for James Bays’ ‘Taliban Embedded’, which was awarded a second place prize, and ‘Best News Documentary’ for Tony Birtley’s ‘Inside Myanmar - The Crackdown’.
“I am very excited that the Al Jazeera English (AJE) Newshour has been recognised as the best 24 hour news programme in the world. The award demonstrates the commitment of AJE’s staff to giving a voice to the voiceless and telling vital stories that are not on the agenda of the western news networks,” said AJE’s managing director Tony Burman.
“I am extremely proud that the world is paying attention to the hard work and dedication of the AJE staff, and each and every one of them should be congratulated for this recognition,” he added.
AJE launched in November 2006 and now has broadcast centres in Kuala Lumpur, Doha, London and Washington DC as well as bureaus around the world.
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