Cable Networks Get 49 News, Doc Emmy Noms

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Cable networks garnered 49 nominations for News and Documentary Emmy awards Tuesday, led by HBO/Cinemax with a collective 13 and National Geographic Channel with 12.

PBS led the way among over-the-air, cable, satellite and Internet broadcast nominees overall with 41 nominations, out of a total of 145 handed out by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

The news/documentary Emmys will be given out Sept. 21 in New York, where Barbara Walters will receive a lifetime achievement award and CNN's documentary unit (CNN Productions) will receive the President's Award.

Other programmers with double digit nominations were CBS with 23, ABC with 13 and NBC with 10.

CNN received eight nominations for Emmys this time around. Among cable networks, Discovery Channel had four nominations; BBC America and Travel Channel had three each; MSNBC had two; Current TV, Discovery Health, History and Smithsonian Channel had one nomination each.

Seven local broadcast TV stations received one nomination each.

National Geographic led ad-supported cable networks for the second year in a row, getting 12 nominations both years. It took home three statuettes in 2008. The program Explorer: Gorilla Murders earned three nominations and The Devil Came on Horseback, from the crisis in Sudan, earned two.

At HBO Documentary Films, Alex Gibney's Taxi to the Dark Side, about U.S. military tactics in dealing with political prisoners, and Cinemax Reel Life's Nanking each got three nominations.

BBCA's BBC World News America earned two nominations for its coverage of Chaos in DR Congo, for outstanding coverage of a breaking news story and best story in a regularly scheduled newscast. The program earned a third nomination, in the best feature category, for a segment about Chinese openness.

A full list of nominees can be found at this Emmyonline link.

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