4 News wins its second Emmy

Channel 4 News has won a second international Emmy award in a row, for its coverage of the Madrid bombings.

The winning entry was an hourlong broadcast presented by Jon Snow from outside the Atocha railway station, with extracts from several reports in the days following the bombing in the Spanish capital.

The award was also for the coverage of the day after the bombing, when millions protested in Madrid while Channel 4 News was on air.

Alex Thompson gave a probing interview with the Spanish foreign minister when news came through from reporter Sarah Smith citing growing evidence that the government had misled people by implying that ETA was responsible for the bombing.

Last year the ITN team won the News Coverage award for Channel 4’s coverage of the fall of Saddam.

Jon Snow said: “It’s fantastic to get such international recognition for what was a total team effort. No one was more important in it all than the transmission engineer on the ground, ITN’s Steve Smith.”

Dorothy Byrne, commissioning editor for news and current affairs at Channel 4, added: “Thanks and congratulations to the whole team. What a tribute to talent and hard work!” Sky News was the only other British broadcaster to be nominated in the news coverage category.

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