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PBS leads in news Emmy Awards with 10

September 26, 2007|Matea Gold | Times Staff Writer

NEW YORK -- PBS dominated the field Monday during the 28th annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, racking up 10 wins for programs that tackled topics such as the sex-slave trade, scientific research on chimpanzees and the war in Iraq.

The commercial broadcast and cable networks trailed substantially: CBS, in second place, won half as many awards, most of them for "60 Minutes." NBC and Discovery Channel followed with three wins each. Cinemax garnered two, and ABC and CNN each got one.

Amid a night of celebrating the best in television news, one of the most poignant moments was a personal one, with lifetime achievement award recipient Ted Koppel performing a song he composed for his wife. As the anchor warbled, "Any place you're not is a place I wouldn't want to be," many in the black-tie crowd wiped their eyes.

The news Emmys, handed out by the New York-based National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, were delivered in a decidedly less-glitzy manner than the prime-time entertainment Emmys, given out earlier this month in Los Angeles. The four-hour ceremony will air on C-SPAN 2.

This year's awards amounted to a tribute to coverage of the war in Iraq, with honors going to dramatic pieces such as CBS correspondent Lara Logan's view of the fighting in Ramadi as well as to touching features such as the profile of an artist who paints portraits of dead soldiers for their families.

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matea.gold@latimes.com

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