New York, September 25, 2007 – The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today the 2007 International Emmy Award winners for its two News categories: Current Affairs and News.

BBC was presented with two Emmy Awards for its coverage from the Middle-East with Baghdad: A Doctor’s Story (produced by Guardian Films for BBC Two) -a riveting series of reports shot exclusively by an Iraqi doctor in a civilian emergency room, winning the Current Affairs Category and BBC News: Lebanon Crisis (produced by BBC News for the BBC), an extensive report on the Israeli/Lebanese hostilities from both sides of the border, winning the News category.

The International Emmys were presented to the winners by Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences during a black-tie event in New York City, on September 24.

“The BBC’s news coverage is a reference for journalists and news professionals worldwide,” said Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, also President of Hearst Entertainment. “The International Academy congratulates the teams behind these outstanding reports who risked their lives to bring the story to the television screen.”

Nominees for nine other International Emmy Awards categories will be announced October 8, at Mipcom, in Cannes, France.  Winners will receive their awards at the 35th International Emmy Awards Gala, November 19, in New York City.

Founded in 1969, The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is the largest organization of global broadcasters, with members from nearly 70 countries and over 400 companies. The Academy was chartered with a mission to recognize excellence in television programming produced outside of the United States, and it presents the International Emmy Award to programs in eleven categories: Arts Programming; Best Performance by an Actress; Best Performance by an Actor; Children & Young People; Comedy; Current Affairs; Documentary; Drama Series; News; Non-Scripted Entertainment; TV Movie/Mini-Series.

The Academy is a unique, independent organization including the world’s television and media leaders who come together to exchange ideas, discuss common issues and promote new strategies for the future development of quality global television programming. Each year, the Academy produces the International Emmy World Television Festival and the International Emmy Awards Gala in New York City. The Festival screens quality programming from around the world, featuring leading international producers and directors who speak about their work. The International Emmy Awards Gala attracts over 1,100 international figures in broadcast, entertainment and media. More information can be found online at

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