Award Recognizes Superior News Programming For, By and About Women
WASHINGTON – (February 28, 2013) – Al Jazeera today announced that its daily television program, “The Stream,” has received the Gracie Award for Outstanding Talk Show in the news category. The Gracie Award, presented by the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation, recognizes superior quality in writing, production and programming. Last year’s Outstanding Talk Show in the news category went to “TODAY” on NBC.
“The Stream,” a pioneering interactive discussion that incorporates online and television audiences in the top news stories of the day, received the Gracie for its reporting on “Ireland’s Abortion Standoff,” which explored whether Ireland’s abortion laws should be changed.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition by the journalism profession,” said Ehab Alshihabi, Executive Director of International Operations, Al Jazeera. “We are committed to providing our viewers with programming that shines a bright and objective light on today’s important events and issues. The upcoming launch of Al Jazeera America means that more Americans will be able to view award-winning news and programming like “The Stream” and we’re greatly looking forward to that happening.”
The Gracie comes on top of several other awards for “The Stream.” In 2012, the program won the Royal Television Society’s award for Most Innovative Programme of the Year and a Webby’s People’s Choice Award for News and Politics. It also received an Emmy nomination for New Approach to News and Documentary Programming.
Al Jazeera’s journalism excellence has received a wide range of additional awards including the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Award, Best Documentary; the Royal Television Society News Channel for the Year; the George Foster Peabody Award; and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Award, Freedom of Speech and Expression Medal. Al Jazeera programming has also been nominated for several Emmy Awards including an International Digital Emmy Award nomination for its coverage of the 2008 U.S. elections.