ABC Action News has been honored with three regional Edward R. Murrow awards in recognition of excellence in broadcast and digital journalism, including the highly acclaimed categories of " Best Newscast" and " Breaking News Coverage." The judges recognized ABC Action New coverage of the deadly shooting of two St Petersburg police officers and a newscast highlighting in-depth reporting on a foiled school bomb plot as examples of journalism at its best.
A regional Edward R. Murrow award was also given to ABCActionNews.com, naming it the " Best News Website." ABCActionNews.com was judged as the top website providing "depth and quality content, innovation, use of audio and video, visual design, functionality and usability, interactivity and storytelling techniques."
The awards were given to WFTS – ABC Action News by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) after comparing all large market news operations in the southeast United States, including the cities of Atlanta, Miami, Jacksonville, Orlando, and the Tampa Bay area.
"These awards reflect our commitment to our viewers to deliver quality journalism and community involvement," said General Manager Rich Pegram.
News Director Doug Culver commented, "I'm proud to see our team at ABC Action News honored by other journalists. We work hard to provide relevant news coverage that lives up to the high standard a Murrow Award represents."
The RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media in more than 30 countries.
For a complete list of winners and to watch the winning entries click here .
About WFTS/ABC Action News
WFTS-TV is the primary ABC network affiliate for the Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota television market, programming a strong schedule of news, sports and entertainment. WFTS/ABC Action Newswas the first broadcast station newscast in the Tampa Bay area to broadcast in high definition. ABC Action News has been named the Associated Press' Best Overall News Operation for past three years. ABC Action News leads the way providing local news and weather coverage on-air, on the web and on mobile phones. WFTS-TV is a Scripps Media station. For additional information, visit the WFTS-TV website at www.abcactionnews.com .
Scripps ( www.scripps.com ) is a leading media enterprise driven to develop and expand its digital strategies including social gaming, while embracing its rich history in delivering quality journalism through television stations, newspapers and Scripps Howard News Service. Creative, talented and energetic employees are leading the way at 19 television stations in major cities such as Denver, San Diego, Detroit, Phoenix, Cleveland, Cincinnati and Tampa. The Scripps digital group is growing and gaining momentum with new product offerings, enhancements, and technology that gives customers more options than ever before to find the information and entertainment they crave.
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