WRAL earns Murrow, Gabriel honors
Posted April 20, 2016
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has honored Capitol Broadcasting Company’s WRAL-TV and CBC New Media Group with four regional Edward R. Murrow awards, including Overall Excellence. WRAL-TV also received the national Gabriel award for Secular Television Station of the Year from the Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals for the third consecutive year.
The Murrow awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. WRAL was honored for:
Continuing Coverage: Paris Attacks
News Documentary: Exploring Climate Change
WRAL-TV News Director Rick Gall said, “We're thrilled to have won four regional Murrow awards, including Overall Excellence. They reflect our efforts to provide exemplary news coverage that routinely goes beyond day-to-day stories. They're also testament to a terrific staff whose drive and talent allow us to excel."
"The Murrow awards signify excellence in journalism, so it is an honor to be recognized for providing coverage on all our platforms that is among the best in the nation," added WRAL.com General Manager John Conway.
RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession. WRAL competes in Region 8, which includes North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.
WRAL-TV has also received the prestigious national Gabriel award for Secular Television Station of the Year for the third consecutive year.
According to the Catholic Academy, the Gabriel awards recognize outstanding artistic achievement in media that entertains and enriches with a true vision of humanity and a true vision of life. Entrants only receive an award when “a level of excellence is achieved in values, content, creativity, artistic quality, technical quality or impact.”
“WRAL has a 60-year legacy of striving for excellence in all we do,” said WRAL-TV Vice President and General Manager Steven D. Hammel. “It takes an unwavering commitment from a local ownership group to give our teams the resources to do exemplary work. We’re the local station that will send our journalists around the world for the big stories and aggressively report on local stories that affect our community. We’ve sustained a dedicated documentary unit for years, something few, if any, other stations are doing these days. These are team awards, and we’re very proud to be recognized for the scope of our work."
Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. is a diversified communications company which owns and/or operates WRAL-TV, WRAL Digital, WRAZ-TV, WRAZ Digital, WRAL-FM, WRAL-HD2, WCMC-FM, WCMC-HD1, WDNC-AM, WCMC-HD2, WCMC-HD3, WCLY-AM, WCMC-HD4, Microspace, CBC New Media Group and Wolfpack Sports Properties (a joint venture with Learfield Sports) in Raleigh, NC; WILM-TV and Sunrise Broadcasting in Wilmington, NC; The Durham Bulls Baseball Club in Durham, NC; and real estate interests including the American Tobacco Project and Diamond View office buildings in Durham, NC.