The 2023 International Emmy for News was given to “The Battle For Bucha & Irpin,” produced by Sky News, United Kingdom. This news coverage depicts the start of the brutal battles for Bucha and Irpin on March 5, 2022, when Russian troops attempted to surround Kyiv. Civilians were bombed out of their homes leaving many with no choice but to escape. And others, including Sky’s own journalists, were targeted in their cars.
"We know that reporting from Ukraine and many conflict zones is so hard. The truth is that journalism comes at a cost, reporting the truth comes at a cost. It should not be that way but it is, so I am very grateful to the scores of journalists and camera operators from Sky News, who have gone on my behalf, into Ukraine over the last 18 months. And we know the greatest prize is when we are able to bring our colleagues back home again," said Tim Singleton, Head of International News at Sky News.
Meanwhile, the International Emmy for Current Affairs was presented to “Ukraine Wartime Diaries,” produced by TRT World/Off The Grid, Turkey, in the first time a Current Affairs program from Turkey wins an Emmy. Under the laws of war, civilians should be protected. But in Ukraine, it looks like they were targeted. As Russian troops withdraw, the brutality of their occupation is revealed in this report. Liberated areas become crime scenes. Some were killed or left for dead. Others were tortured or held captive.
“The International Emmy gives us an opportunity to recognize the courageous and important work that journalists do every day in war zones, despite the grave risks involved,” commented Bruce Paisner, President & CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.