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Russia Today nominated for Emmy news award

August 23, 2012, 6:31 UTC+3

Two years ago RT became the first Russian channel to be the finalist for the Emmy award in the news category

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MOSCOW, August 23 (Itar-Tass) —— The Russia Today television channel has been nominated for the Emmy news award for covering the Occupy Wall Street movement that started in the United States in 2011.

On October 15, 2011 the Occupy movement went global. It started in New York City when protesters, unhappy with the way their government was handling the economy, pitched tents outside the stock exchange. RT brings the protesters' message worldwide.

RT has been closely watching the Occupy Wall Street movement and continues to cover it from its Moscow and Washington studios in English, Arabic and Spanish.

Two years ago RT became the first Russian channel to be the finalist for the Emmy award in the news category.

“We are very happy and proud to once again become the only candidate from Russia to be nominated for this major television award,” RT's Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan said, adding that the channel hopes to win this time.

Russia Today is one of the four nominees in the news category announced by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences earlier this week.

There are 8 nominees altogether and they represent seven countries: Brazil (2), Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Qatar and Russia.

“The 2012 nominees present a powerful showcase of the human, political and socio-economic drama unfolding daily around the world,” Bruce L. Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, said. “The Academy congratulates the men and women behind these programs for their outstanding journalism.”

The Academy will present the nominees with their medals and certificates, at a breakfast event on October 1, in New York City, featuring guest speaker David Westin, former President of ABC News and author of recently published Exit Interview. Winners will be announced that night at a Ceremony at the Frederick P. Rose Hall of Jazz at Lincoln Centre. The international winners will be honoured alongside their American news and documentary counterparts.

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