Daily Archives: May 12, 2009

The Emmy doesn’t go to….

Marriott Marquis, New YorkEmmy nominations are almost always fun.  There are a couple of exceptions.  One:  When the “academy” fails to recognize your award-worthy work.  Two:  When your work gets nominated, but lo and behold, your name somehow fails to get on the entry form.

For example, Manuel Bojorquez of WSB apparently did a pretty outstanding job of covering Tropical Storm Fay.  Bojorquez is nominated for an Emmy in the Spot News category.  But if a photographer shot Bojorquez’s story, somebody apparently decided the photog wasn’t worth including in the nomination.  Bojorquez is nominated all by himself.

Likewise, WAGA’s I-team produced a series of stories that exposed a shady Marietta mail-order company called Digicom.  Randy Travis had undercover video that showed salesmen in a call center tricking people into ordering videos like “Girls Gone Wild.”   A photographer shot a classic parking lot confrontation.  Travis got a Consumer Reporting nomination, along with a producer and an editor.  (Undercover newsgathering truly takes a team effort.)  But the photog didn’t make the list of nominees.

WAGA’s photog probably got squeezed by Emmy rules, which often restrict the number of nominees in a particular category.  Bojorquez’s photog, however, just got left by the side of the road.

Other noteworthies from this year’s Emmy list:

  • As noted elsewhere, many of Georgia Public Broadcasting’s nominees have since been laid off.
  • Smaller markets once again owned the Feature Reporting category.  Last year, John Le from Asheville won that category.  He’s nominated again.
  • Andrew Young — yeah, that Andrew Young — is nominated for two Emmys.
  • Bishop Eddie Long is nominated for an Emmy.
  • Coverage of the March 2008 tornado garnered nominations for dozens of Atlanta news folk.
  • WYFF in Greenville got at least 17 news nominations.
  • Under-watched WXIA got at least 30 nominations.  Its brainy-blonde general assignment triumverate of Jaye Watson, Duffie Dixon and Jennifer Leslie got eleven among them.
  • Under-watched WGCL got a paltry three nominations

Find the complete list here.  The award ceremony will be held in June.