ESPN Deportes’ three-part series Sobrevivientes garnered the 2008 Edward R. Murrow Award in the “Outstanding News Series” presented by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA), network officials said Monday.
Sobrevivientes (Still Alive) documented the Uruguayan rugby team whose plane crashed in Argentina’s Andes Mountain on October 13, 1972.
The Spanish-language network’s “special feature unit” spent two weeks in South America interviewing several people, including three survivors and the man who found them after the Andes flight disaster. The three-part series aired in December 2007 on ESPN Deportes SportsCenter and in English on ESPN’s Outside the Lines on the 35th anniversary of the day the survivors managed to regain contact with the world after fighting to survive for 72 days in the frozen terrain. The 16 survivors battled dehydration, injuries, frostbite and were forced to resort to cannibalism to survive.
In all, 54 news organizations were honored with 77 awards out of an initial pool of 3,459 entries from several hundred news organizations. RTNDA has honored outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.