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CBS News nabs ’98 Murrow

WCVB Boston grabs large-market division nod

CBS News has received the 1998 Edward R. Murrow award for overall excellence from the Radio-Television News Directors Assn.

On the local-TV front, Hearst-Argyle Television’s ABC affil WCVB Boston took the top honor for overall excellence in the large-market division. Post-Newsweek Stations’ CBS affil WJXT Jacksonville, Fla., won the Murrow kudos in the small-market division.

Locally, CBS O&O KCBS Los Angeles was recognized for best newscast in the large-market division. The 1998 Murrow awards in 57 categories were selected from a pool of 2,132 entries.

NBC News’ “Dateline NBC” snagged three Murrow trophies for investigative, feature and sports reporting. “NBC Nightly News” also prevailed in the continuing coverage field for its reportage on the death of Mother Teresa. ABC’s “World News Tonight” scored for its spot news coverage of last summer’s Midwestern floods and for its use of video in a story on the town of Falmouth, Ky.

Spanish-lingo network Univision won in the news series category for its multiparter “Miami: Hell on Earth.” The A&E cabler nailed the news docu honor for its “The Lost Children of Berlin” spec.

In the radio field, ABC News Radio picked up five trophies, including the nod for overall excellence. CNN News Radio rated three awards, including best newscast and investigative reporting.

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