1 September 2003
Coverage of the recent Iraq war earned Channel 4 News an International Emmy in New York last night. The prestigious gong is a terrific mark of international recognition for programme's foreign coverage over the past year and was dedicated to Channel 4 News' Gaby Rado and all the other journalists who lost their lives covering the conflict.
The entry was a compilation entitled 'The Fall of Saddam', covering 6 days in April beginning with the fall of Saddam's 'statue'. This included a piece by Lindsey Hilsum on 'statue day' and a film by Nicholas Glass on Saddam's reign - both on the 9th April. On the 10th, Lindsey reported on the shooting of a young girl by US Marines hunting Saddam. On Sunday 13th, Mark Easton interviewed Gailan Ramiz, a political scientist at Baghdad University, reflecting one week after Saddam had gone, and finally, a piece by Lindsey Hilsum inside Abu Ghraib jail in Baghdad with former prisoners.
An award of this nature cannot be won without acknowledging the team who made it possible. Particular recognition goes to Lindsey Hilsum, Tim Lambon, Paul Eedle, Mohammed Fatnan, Yusuf al-Taie, Nicholas Glass, Teresa Smith, Fiona Tomlinson, Mike Borer, Margaret John, Soren Munk and Mark Easton.
Commenting on this achievement, Channel 4 News Editor, Jim Gray said:
"Winning the Emmy is a terrific mark of international recognition following a period in which Channel 4 News has been on its strongest ever form. And the range of items in our winning entry demonstrates our undoubted strength in depth - from location reporting and revelatory journalism to film making and interviewing. Congratulations of course go to all those who contributed, and more broadly my thanks go to the best team in the business (I may be biased, but I'm also right)".
Dorothy Byrne, Acting Head, News and Current Affairs, Channel 4 added,
"I am delighted that Channel Four News' outstanding coverage of the War in Iraq has received the international recognition it deserves".
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Channel 4 News' award-winning reports following the fall of Saddam are available through the ITN Archive.
The reports are added to the wealth of material available through the ITN Archive which comprises ITN's comprehensive coverage of the conflict and its aftermath.