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ABC’s of the Emmys: 29 noms tops field

NEW YORK — ABC again proved the top vote-getter in the 18th annual News & Documentary Emmys, snaring 29 nominations for programs broadcast during the 1996 calendar year.

In a ranking similar to last year’s, PBS won 25 noms, for second place, followed by NBC with 17 and CBS with 16. HBO, nominated only twice last year, garnered nine this time, mirroring its strong performance in the primetime Emmy nominations announced last week. The MSNBC cable network also won three nominations in its freshman year, the same number as CNN.

“The near record number of entries — nearly 1,300 — reflects broadcasters’ growing emphasis on news and documentary programming,” said John Cannon, prexy of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which presents the awards.

Among specific programs, ABC’s “Nightline” took the top spot with nine nominations, followed by CBS’ “60 Minutes” with eight. ABC’s “PrimeTime Live,” “Dateline NBC” and PBS’ “National Geographic Explorer” won seven apiece.

The News Emmys will be handed out at a black-tie dinner and ceremony Sept. 10 at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Following is a list of nominees in several key categories:

OUTSTANDING GENERAL COVERAGE OF A SINGLE

BREAKING NEWS STORY (PROGRAMS)

“TWA #800 CRASH COVERAGE”

“Nightline” (ABC)

“GEORGE BURNS”

“Biography” (A&E)

“THE CITADEL”

“48 Hours” (CBS)

“ANATOMY OF THE UNABOMBER SUSPECT’S ARREST”

“Nightline” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING GENERAL COVERAGE OF A

SINGLE BREAKING NEWS STORY (SEGMENTS)

“DEATH GOES LIVE/PARIS/MONTOURSVILLE”

CNN (TWA Flight 800 Coverage: The Mourning After)

“RUNAWAY TRAIN”

“Dateline NBC” (NBC)

“ROAD WARRIOR”

“Dateline NBC” (NBC)

“OUT OF THE INFERNO”

“Dateline NBC” (NBC)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A CONTINUING

NEWS STORY (PROGRAMS)

“REBIRTH: THE UNTOLD STORIES OF OKLAHOMA CITY”

“Turning Point” (ABC)

“ANGEL ON DEATH ROW”

“Frontline” (PBS/WGBH)

“SARAJEVO SPRING”

“Nightline” (ABC)

“WAR CRIMES: FIVE DAYS IN HELL”

“Investigative Reports” (A&E)

“LIFE ON MARS”

Discovery Channel

“THE NAVY BLUES”

“Frontline” (PBS/WGBH)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A CONTINUING

NEWS STORY (SEGMENTS)

“DUSKO TADIC”

“60 Minutes” (CBS)

“MOM I’M A LESBIAN”

“20/20” (ABC)

“FACES OF LOVE”

“PrimeTime Live” (ABC)

OUTSTANDING GENERAL COVERAGE OF A

SINGLE BREAKING NEWS STORY IN A

REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST

“HEBRON: The First Test”

“The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer” (PBS)

“REFUGEE EXODUS”

“ITN’s World News” (PBS)

Correspondent: Lindsey Hilsum

“TWA FLIGHT 800”

“CBS Evening News With Dan Rather” (CBS)

“RETURN TO RWANDA”

“ITN’s World News” (PBS)

Correspondent: Tim Ewart

OUTSTANDING INSTANT COVERAGE OF A

SINGLE BREAKING NEWS STORY IN A

REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST

“INDIA PLANE CRASH”

“CBS Evening News With Dan Rather” (CBS)

“OLYMPIC BOMBING”

“CBS Evening News With Bob Schieffer” (CBS)

OUTSTANDING COVERAGE OF A

CONTINUING NEWS STORY IN A

REGULARLY SCHEDULED NEWSCAST

“AMERASIANS RETURN TO VIETNAM”

“CBS Evening News With Dan Rather” (CBS)

“MONEY WATCH REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION”

“World News Tonight With Peter Jennings” (ABC)

“NETSCAPE VS. MICROSOFT”

“The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer” (PBS)

Producers: Patti Parson, Mary Jo Brooks; Correspondent: Tom Bearden

“MAMA HAWK”

“World News Tonight Sunday” (ABC)

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