Both from the UK, the winners for this year’s News Emmy was Hong Kong Year of Living Dangerously by Channel 4 News, while the Current Affairs award went to Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag by Hardcash Productions for ITV.
Continuing with the Emmy celebrations, the International Academy of TV Arts and Sciences announced the international awards for News and Current Affairs.
The 2020 International Emmy for News was presented to Hong Kong Year of Living Dangerously (Channel 4 News / ITN, United Kingdom), showing how in 2019, Hong Kong surprised itself, China and the rest of the world.
The International Emmy for Current Affairs was presented to Undercover: Inside China’s Digital Gulag (Hardcash Productions / ITV, United Kingdom). ITV went undercover into China’s secretive Xinjiang region.
Both International Emmys were presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences during an online ceremony in conjunction with the US News Emmys. Entered programs were broadcast between January 1 and December 31, 2019; in accordance with the competition’s eligibility period and thus did not include any coverage about Covid-19 or social justice.
“Tonight, we are privileged to recognize the courageous journalists behind these excellent programs.” said International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences President & CEO, Bruce L. Paisner, while presenting the Emmys.
“It has been fashionable in some places to talk a lot about fake news, but the nominated programs make it clear that the news coverage around the world is not only not fake, but essential to people conducting their lives in these complicated times.”