MSNBC Leads News/Doc Emmys


MSNBC, largely through National Geographic Explorer, led the field of
cable channels earning 2003 News & Documentary Emmy Award nominations Monday

The channel received 13 nominations, 12 for Explorer, one of cable's
longest-running and most-awarded series.

The News with Brian Williams, a former MSNBC attraction that moved to
CNBC last summer, earned its first News Emmy nomination -- as a CNBC program --
for its "Jerusalem ER" reports.

Cable News Network picked up six nominations, four for episodes of its CNN
documentary series dealing with al-Qaeda, Iraq and other

Three Discovery Channel programs collectively earned the network five
nominations. Multiple nominations were also handed to The History Channel,
Cinemax, Home Box Office, The Learning Channel, National Geographic Channel and
Sundance Channel.

A&E Network, Animal Planet and Discovery Channel were given one
nomination each, while Fox News Channel was shut out.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which administers the
News & Documentary Emmys, will present the 2003 winners Sept. 3 in New York.
A new set of awards for business/financial coverage will be showcased late this