This is the first time in six years that ABC News has won the top network TV honor in the RTNDA’s National Edward R. Murrow Awards. In addition to the prize for the TV division, ABC News took awards for Continuing Coverage and Hard News. ABC News Radio also won the Overall Excellence award in its category. But CBS News walked away with the most awards, five in TV and three radio. They include Best Newscast for CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley, and two for 60 Minutes — Best Video Investigative Reporting and Best Video News Series. NBC News won two awards, one for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and another, to Dateline, for Use of Video. Univision Network News was honored for having the best network television website, and ESPN took the prize for News Documentary and Sports Reporting.
RTDNA received a record number of entries — more than 4,000 by more than 500 entities — for the 98 national honors in 13 categories. “This year’s field was the best we’ve ever seen,” RTDNA Chairman Chris Carl says. “The entries gave our judges the luxury of a fantastic pool from which to select the winners.”
Others winning Overall Excellence prizes include The Washington Post (large online news), The Texas Tribune (small online news), WCVB-TV, Boston (television, large market), WBIR-TV, Knoxville, Tenn. (television, small market), WBEZ, Chicago (radio, large market), and WDEL, Wilmington, Del. (radio, small market)
RTNDA will present the national awards on October 6 in NYC. You can find the full list of prize winners here.