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BBC World’s Africa Eye doc up for Emmy

Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers

Kenyan series Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers, which airs on the BBC World Service, has been nominated for the International Emmys in the News & Current Affairs category alongside other nominees from Brazil, Qatar, Russia, the Netherlands and UK.

The news was announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (IATAS), which recognises excellence in television produced outside of the US, as well as US primetime programmes produced in languages other than English.

Africa Eye: The Baby Stealers is a BBC investigation that was launched a month ago to investigate child trafficking in Kenya. It reveals the existence of a secretive but thriving illegal market for stolen babies.

According to the IATAS, the team infiltrated and exposed three prolific child trafficking networks that stretch from one of Nairobi’s poorest slums to one of Kenya’s biggest government hospitals.

Bruce Paisner, president and CEO of IATAS, said: “As the world continues to grapple with the pandemic and unrest in every place, access to reliable news is more crucial than ever. We salute the outstanding work and great courage of our nominees for reporting on difficult and sensitive matters, despite the global health crisis and many other obstacles thrown at them.”

The International Emmy winners will be recognised alongside their American news peers during an online ceremony on September 28.

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Nigerian kids’ show nominated for Emmy

For the first time ever, a children’s programme from Nigeria has been nominated for the 2019 International Emmy Kids Awards in the kids’ factual category.

Debula Kemoli and Ben Hunte

What’s New? is a factual programme from BBC Africa aimed at 11- to 16-year-olds and seeks to keep young people up-to-date with what’s happening in the world.

The show features regular segments that explore current news stories, an interview with a famous figure in the news that week and a piece with a young person discussing their own life.

Co-presented by BBC News reporters Debula Kemoli and Ben Hunte, it is presented from an immersive virtual studio with stories illustrated using virtual reality technology.

The nominations for the 2019 International Emmy Kids Awards were unveiled during the Mipcom convention in Cannes yesterday.

Nominees were selected from 15 countries, namely Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, India, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand and the UK.

Bruce Paisner, president and CEO of the Emmy organiser International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said: “The geographic spread and diversity of topics addressed in this year’s nominated programmes attest to the vibrancy and quality of children’s television throughout the world. We congratulate the nominees for their outstanding talent and for setting the standard of excellence we expect for young viewers worldwide.”

The 2019 International Emmy Kids Awards will be presented in Cannes on March 31, 2020.

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