TRT World Garners First Emmy® Win for a Current Affairs Program from Turkey

New York, September 27, 2023 – The 2023 International Emmy® for News was presented tonight to The Battle For Bucha & Irpin produced by Sky News, United Kingdom. This news coverage depicts the start of the brutal battles for Bucha and Irpin on March 5th 2022, when Russian troops attempted to surround Kyiv. Civilians were bombed out of their homes leaving many with no choice but to escape. And others, including Sky’s own journalists, were targeted in their cars

The International Emmy® for Current Affairs was presented to Ukraine Wartime Diaries produced by TRT World/Off The Grid,Turkey. Under the laws of war, civilians should be protected. But in Ukraine, it looks like they were targeted. As Russian troops withdraw, the brutality of their occupation is revealed in this report. Liberated areas become crime scenes. Some were killed or left for dead. Others were tortured or held captive.

This is the first time a Current Affairs program from Turkey wins an Emmy®.

“The International Emmy® gives us an opportunity to recognize the courageous and important work that journalists do every day, in war zones, despite the grave risks involved.” said Bruce Paisner, President & CEO, International Academy.

Both International Emmys were presented by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences as part of a ceremony with the National Academy’s News Emmys.


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 60+ countries from all sectors of television including digital, mobile and technology. The International Academy’s yearly schedule of events includes the prestigious International Emmy® Awards held in New York City, 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 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, Sports Documentary, Telenovela, and TV Movie/Mini-Series, it also recognizes excellence in Performances and Kids programming. For more information, go to

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