BBC News picks up two Emmy awards

BBC News has won the award for best international news at this year’s International Emmys for its coverage of last summer’s Israel-Lebanon conflict.

Media industry executives, journalists, and producers attended the event on Monday night, which honours outstanding achievement in television journalism by individuals and programmes, distributed via broadcast, cable and broadband.

The BBC2 documentary, Baghdad: A Doctor’s Story, picked up the only other international award at the ceremony, now in its 28th year.

The programme, produced by Guardian Films, was shot by an Iraqi doctor in a Baghdad emergency room. He agreed to film his own hospital anonymously to bring the truth about the civilian casualties to light.

The BBC director of news, Helen Boaden, said: “Our overall coverage of the Lebanon conflict was an outstanding collaboration between teams across all platforms and this award recognises the journalistic excellence of BBC News.”

“Baghdad: A Doctor’s Story was a brilliant commission. It took a lot of nerve, and tremendous bravery on the ground, to deliver this extraordinary and memorable film.”

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