WBSN-10TV and The Ohio News Network took home both of the top-tiered regional Emmy Awards at the 44th Annual Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards banquet held Saturday, Aug. 9 in Cincinnati. The two stations emerged as the true leaders, earning the prestigious awards for "News Excellence" and "Station Excellence."
"These awards are a testament to the hard work our staff puts forth day in and day out to provide the highest quality news and information," said Tom Griesdorn, president and general manager. "My hat is off to every team member at both stations in every department that made these honors possible. In a sea of competition, we were voted the best. That speaks volumes about our value and what we bring to local and statewide viewers every day."
10TV received more Emmy awards than any other local channel. In addition to the award for "News Excellence," 10TV was honored with eight other Emmy awards for journalistic excellence in news and public service, including News Anchor (Angela An) and Reporter (Angela An/Chuck Strickler). Other categories won by 10TV include "General Assignment Report," "Human Interest," "Religion," "Breaking News" and "Continuing Coverage."
"This is an incredible achievement," said WBNS-10TV News Director John Cardenas. "The staff at 10TV continues to work at a level that leads the way in this market. These awards are truly a team effort, and it once again shows why we are Central Ohio's News Leader."
ONN's Emmy award for "Station Excellence" was in recognition for its local original programming in the state of Ohio.
"Three years ago, we set out to change the face of original programming in Ohio," said Jason Pheister, ONN Director of Programming. "Today, I am so proud that NATAS has recognized ONN with this eminent award. This is a great accomplishment and I am appreciative of all the efforts from our team that affirm ONN is truly Ohio's Channel."
The Ohio Valley Chapter of the NATAS serves the following markets: Ashland, KY;
Bluefield/Beckley/Oak Hill, WV; Charleston/Huntington, WV: Cincinnati, OH; Clarksburg/Weston, WV;
Columbus, OH; Dayton, OH; Evansville, IN; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Parkersburg, WV; Terre
Haute, IN; and Zanesville OH.
The Dispatch Broadcast Group includes WBNS-TV, WBNS-AM/FM, Ohio News Network and Radio Sound Network in Columbus, Ohio; WTHR-TV and WALV-LP in Indianapolis, Indiana; Dispatch Interactive Television in Columbus, Ohio and Indianapolis, Indiana.