PBS and CBS lapped the field with nominations for the 35th annual News and Documentary Awards.
PBS led with 43 bids, driven by 11 for “Frontline.” CBS was a close second with 42, powered by 27 bids for “60 Minutes.” ABC took in 19, led by 10 for “Nightline.”
Last year’s tornadoes in Oklahoma and typhoon in the Philippines drove the nominations in the category of breaking news coverage in a regularly scheduled newscast. The contenders are BBC World News America, for Philippines coverage, ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “World News With Diane Sawyer” and “Nightline” for combined coverage of Oklahoma, and two bids for “NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams,” for both Oklahoma and Philippines coverage.
William Small, former CBS News Washington bureau chief and former prexy of NBC News, will receive the org’s lifetime achievement award. Awards will be presented Sept. 30 at Gotham’s Frederick P. Rose Hall.