August 24, 2021

The International Academy announced today that in light of the New York Attorney General’s report, and Andrew Cuomo’s subsequent resignation as Governor, it is rescinding his special 2020 International Emmy® Award. His name and any reference to his receiving the award will be eliminated from International Academy materials going forward. 


Nominees from: Brazil, Kenya, Qatar, Russia, The Netherlands, & The United Kingdom

First Ever Nomination in Current Affairs for a Program from Kenya


New York, August 19, 2021 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences today announced the nominees for the 2021 News & Current Affairs categories. The International Emmy® winners will be recognized alongside their American news peers during an online ceremony on September 28.

The 8 nominees span 6 countries: Brazil, Kenya, Qatar, Russia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
“As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic and unrest every place, access to reliable news is more crucial than ever.” said Bruce Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We salute the outstanding work and great courage of our nominees for reporting on difficult and sensitive matters, despite the global health crisis and many other obstacles thrown at them.”
BBC World Service garnered the first nomination for a program from Kenya in the Current Affairs category. The BBC investigation, Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers reveals the existence of a secretive but thriving illegal market for stolen babies in Kenya.
Brazil’s TV Globo is nominated once again in both categories for its coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic in Brazilian cities and hospitals with Jornal Nacional: COVID-19 in Brazil (News) and Profissão Repórter/Fantástico: COVID-19: The Daily Routine of a Healthcare Team Inside a Public Hospital (Current Affairs).
The full list of nominees follows.

2021 Nominees – News & Current Affairs 



A Warning from Italy
Sky News
United Kingdom
When coronavirus spread from the far-east, Italy overtook China as the epicenter. Yet nobody knew what this looked like – until, for the first time, Sky News revealed the horrific scale of the crisis in this world exclusive coverage.
Beirut Blast
Al Jazeera English
Al Jazeera English correspondent Zeina Khodr was walking with her family when the blast happened on 4th August 2020 at the Beirut port. Over the next two days, Zeina reported the effects the explosion had in a city already on its knees due to a deep economic crisis.
Jornal Nacional: COVID-19 in Brazil
Overcrowded hospitals and emergencies. Thousands of desperate patients searching for treatment. Brazilians who had their lives interrupted by the disease. The struggle of families to bury relatives. Globo witnessed how Brazilian cities fought the pandemic from its early stages.
Nagorno-Karabakh War: Bloodshed and Path to Ceasefire
RT (ANO TV-Novosti)
The intense military conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan reaches the largest city and de-facto capital of the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, Stepanakert. RT crew reports from the city gripped by fear, then travels to a small town under constant bombardment despite declared truce.

Current Affairs

Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers
BBC World Service
BBC investigation reveals the existence of a secretive but thriving illegal market for stolen babies in Kenya. The team infiltrated and exposed three prolific child trafficking networks that stretch from one of Nairobi’s poorest slums to one of Kenya’s biggest government hospitals.
Bureau Buitenland: De Jacht op Gaddafi’s miljarden (The Hunt for Gaddafi’s Billions)
VPRO Television
The Hunt for Gaddafi’s Billions focuses on the battle for Muammar Gaddafi’s missing billions in South Africa. On the trail of bounty hunters, arms dealers, and corrupt politicians, we follow the terrifying hunt for the money.
Exposure: In Cold Blood
Darlow Smithson Productions / ITV
United Kingdom
In Cold Blood examines the biggest treatment disaster in NHS history, a tragedy which killed more people than Grenfell, Hillsborough, 7/7 and the Birmingham bombings combined. Yet its scale and impact has until now been relatively understated in Britain.
Profissão Repórter / Fantástico: COVID-19: The Daily Routine of a Healthcare Team Inside a Public Hospital
The medical team of the Vila Penteado General Hospital, in São Paulo, recorded images of their own daily routine for five days, between late May and early June. A special report from the team of “Profession: Reporter”

About The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is a membership-based organization comprised of leading media and entertainment figures from over 60 countries and 500 companies from all sectors of television including internet, mobile and technology. The Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards held in New York, The International Emmy® Kids Awards and a series of industry events such as Academy Day, The International Emmy® World Television Festival and Panels on substantive industry topics. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes excellence in television produced outside of the United States, as well as US Primetime programs produced in languages other than English, with the prestigious Emmy® Award. Currently celebrating programming across varied areas including: Arts Programming, Current Affairs, Comedy, Documentary, Drama Series, News, Non-Scripted Entertainment, Short-Form Series; Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series, it also recognizes excellence in Performances and Kids programming. For more information go to

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