Emmy success for BBC World News Syria coverage

Ian Pannell and Paul Wood reporting from Syria

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BBC World News has won a prize for its coverage of the Syria conflict at the news and documentary Emmy awards in New York.

The series of reports, entitled Inside Syria's Uprising, saw journalists Ian Pannell and Paul Wood reporting from rebel-held parts of Syria.

The main winner was US broadcaster CBS, which took home 12 awards.

Channel 4 News and ITV also collected awards for news and current affairs at the same ceremony.

The latter awards were International Emmys, which were presented in conjunction with the news and documentary Emmys at Tuesday's ceremony.

Channel 4 News was the winner in the news category for The Battle for Homs, its coverage of the shelling of the Syrian city of Homs by government forces in February 2012.

Others nominated in the category included the GMA Network in the Philippines and Brazil's TV Globo.

The award in the current affairs category went to ITV for Banaz: An Honour Killing, which told of a young British Kurdish woman killed in suburban London by her own family.

Awards were presented in 42 categories in all, including breaking news, investigative reporting, outstanding interview and best documentary.

BBC World News beat stiff competition from major US broadcasters to take the accolade for news coverage of the Syria conflict, including CNN, NBC and CBS.

Andrew Roy, editor of BBC World News, said the award was "testament to the extraordinary personal commitment and bravery" of BBC journalists who were "prepared to risk their lives to tell the true story from Syria's frontlines".

"It has been, and remains, one of the most difficult stories we have ever covered," he added. "We will continue to share this story with the world."

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