Pubcaster WNET dominated Sunday night’s 43rd Annual New York Emmy Awards, winning 22 of the 88 statuettes — a record for the station.
WNET nabbed twice as many Emmys as its nearest rival, cabler News 12 Long Island, which took 11.
Among its many awards, WNET was recognized in the categories of outstanding fine arts programming, outstanding programming about the arts and outstanding entertainment programming.
WNBC — which picked up the outstanding single newscast Emmy for its Sept. 3, 1998, coverage of the Swissair crash — was third with 10 nods. The Peacock flagship, which also won in the outstanding single morning newscast category, had been nominated in 39 categories.
WNYW was fourth with nine Emmys, followed by Fox Sports Net with five and Rainbow Media’s Metroguide and Madison Square Garden Network, which took four each. ABC station WABC and Schenectady’s WRGB tied with three Emmys. Two Emmys went to each of the following: WPIX, WXTV, WWOR, New York 1 and WIVB Buffalo.
WPIX’s “WB11 News at Ten” and WRGB were honored in the instant breaking news category, the former for its coverage of Gotham’s Aug. 26, 1999, flash flooding, the latter for its April 13, 1999, report on the rescue of a kidnapped baby and capture of the kidnapper. Al Roker of NBC’s “Today Show” won an Emmy as host of “NY TV: By the People Who Made It,” a WNET history of Gotham TV produced in cooperation with the TV Academy.
For the third consecutive year, News 12 Long Island cameraman-editor Michael DelGiudice emerged as New York’s most honored television professional, winning six Emmys.
A total of 88 Emmys in 80 categories were presented by the New York chapter of the Natl. Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. They were chosen from a record total of 1,073 entries and 261 final noms from stations in New York State and northern New Jersey. Nominated programming was shown between Sept. 1, 1998 and Aug. 31, 1999.