A catfight between two self-righteous, award-offering organizations –The National Academy of Arts & Sciences and Academy of TV Arts & Sciences– recently ensued over how and when to award Broadband Emmys.   Despite the law suit, the Emmy Awards recently announced nominees for news and documentary programming made specifically for broadband. 

As far as I’m concerned, this is an argument over semantics.  The Emmys needn’t even make a distinction between television distributed on the internet and television distributed by traditional methods.  Why can’t these broadband offerings be nominated alongside their traditional-TV brethren?  After all, the line between the two is fading fast. 

We’re happy to see that ‘new TV’ has gotten some recognition, though I should note, the Emmys arrived to the scene a bit late

As I peruse the list of nominees, I can’t help but notice a disproportionate number of ties to established media companies.  Does this really represent the best of non-fiction TV on the web…or some of the best-connected?

 Check out the nominees (and links to each video) after the jump.  Congratulations to all on truly impressive work.
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CURRENT NEWS COVERAGE FOR BROADBAND
Frontline/World Rough Cut — "Chicago:Little Mexico"
NationalGeographic.com Video in The News — "Sudan: Country in Crisis"
Newsweek.com — "Voices of the Fallen"
Washingtonpost.com — "Romania’s Hopes Lie With The European Union"
Freep.com/Detroit Free Press — "Michigan Marines: Band of Brothers"

DOCUMENTARY/NONFICTION PROGRAMMING FOR BROADBAND
Mediastorm.org — "Bloodline: AIDS and Family"
Frontline/World Rough Cut — "France: Soundtrack To A Riot"
Mediastorm.org — "Kingsley’s Crossing"
Washingtonpost.com — "Being a Black Man"
Washingtonpost.com — "Contamination and a Crusade"
Washingtonpost.com — "Crisis in Darfur Expands"

ARTS, LIFESTYLE & CULTURE PROGRAMMING FOR BROADBAND
Stagework.org — "A Conversation With Sir Ian"
Freep.com/Detroit Free Press — "Ice Fishing"
Frontline/World Rough Cut — "Calcutta Calling"
Frontline/World Rough Cut — "Libya: Out of The Shadow"
Song of Songs.tv — "Song of Songs" (link for trailer – move is pay-per-view)

REGIONAL NEWS COVERAGE FOR BROADBAND
Freep.com/Detroit Free Press — "La Calamita in Court"
San Francisco Chronicle Video Reports — "Prisoners Guide Teens on Tour of San Quentin"
San Francisco Chronicle Video Reports — "Two Dads, Five Sons, Forever Family"

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