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PBS tops news-doc Emmys

Pubcaster takes 10 statuettes

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PBS topped all network competition with 10 victories at Wednesday’s 20th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards. In the race among producers, National Geographic Television beat all comers with a total of seven trophies.

Three of PBS’ Emmys were awarded to the public web’s nature documentary series “The Living Edens.”

The black-tie ceremony took place at Gotham’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, when a total of 105 Emmys were awarded.

CBS, with six, was the top non-public TV news outlet, followed by ABC and NBC, which were tied at five each.

HBO and TBS came away with four trophies. Cinemax followed with three, and Spanish-language broadcast net Univision earned two.

Animal Planet, CNN, Discovery Channel and MSNBC each earned one news and doc Emmy.

Of National Geographic’s wins, four were for the TBS Superstation series “National Geographic Explorer” and three were for NBC specials.

ABC News’ “Nightline” won the Emmy for coverage of a breaking news story for “Crisis in the White House — the President Visits the Heartland.”

Interestingly, the Oscar-nominated documentary theatrical film “Waco: The Rules of Engagement” won in the area of investigative journalism. After its theatrical exhibition, HBO aired the documentary on TV.

“Waco” is slated for a limited theatrical re-release and HBO is considering rerunning the film.

For coverage of a continuing news story, “Dateline NBC” took the prize for its “Children of the Harvest.”

The awards were presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.