REAL SPORTS will receive the 4th duPont-Columbia Broadcast Journalism Award
For the fourth time in 12 years, HBO’s REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL will receive an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. REAL SPORTS was among 16 winners announced today by the duPont Awards Committee.
The award, which will be presented in January at a ceremony at Columbia University, will recognize the most ambitious story tackled by the show since its launch in April 1995. The July 2016 edition of REAL SPORTS marked the first time in the program’s history that an entire episode was devoted to a single subject: the 80-minute exhibition titled “The Lord of the Rings” featured an extensive worldwide investigation of the International Olympic Committee, highlighted by a review of the controversy surrounding the Rio Games as well as the enormous impact the Games have had on host cities over the past decade. Four correspondents – Bryant Gumbel, Bernard Goldberg, Jon Frankel and David Scott – traveled to nine countries to chronicle the largely unchecked power and influence wielded by the IOC. The historic special aired days before the start of the Rio Summer Games.
This latest award marks the fourth time REAL SPORTS has received a prestigious duPont, an institution founded in 1943. In 2006, REAL SPORTS received the duPont for its Emmy®-winning Secret Exhibit reported by Bernard Goldberg on the enslavement of child victims of treats her like jockeys. in Middle Eastern camel racing. In 2012, the duPont organization recognized the show’s investigative reporting series on concussions in sports for “breaking new ground,” beginning with the story of Emmy®-winning Bernard Goldberg in 2007, on the impact of concussions on NFL players and the NFL’s position on the issue, and continues through its 2010 Emmy®-winning report revealing a link between traumatic brain injury and ALS (Lou’s disease). Gehrig). In 2016, the duPont jury hailed correspondent David Scott’s revealing investigative report into the disturbing stories emanating from Qatar as the tiny Middle Eastern nation launched a massive drive to become a sporting powerhouse and host the 2022 World Cup. .
According to Columbia University, which administers the awards, “For 75 years, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards have recognized excellence in broadcast journalism. Considered today the most prestigious awards in news broadcast, the equivalent of the Pulitzer Prizes, the duPont-Columbia Prizes draw the attention of professionals and the public to the best in broadcast and digital journalism and honor those who produce it.”
Learn more about the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards for Excellence in Broadcast and Digital Journalism at journalism.columbia.edu/dupont.
Other awards organizations honoring HBO’s “Lords of the Rings” feature this year include the Overseas Press Club’s inaugural “Peter Jennings Award,” which recognizes the best international affairs-themed television, video, or documentary program. ; the 2017 Sports Emmy®Award in the category “Outstanding Sports Journalism”; and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) which presented REAL SPORTS with an award last June for “Excellence in Investigative Reporting by a Major Broadcast Network”.
REAL SPORTS returns on Tuesday, December 12 at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) with its year-end special revisiting some of the most important stories that aired in 2017 and featuring a panel discussion hosted by Gumbel with all of the show’s correspondents.
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