TWICE was among the award winners during the Academy of Digital Television Pioneers (DTV Academy) Awards that were presented on March 22 during the Consumer Electronics Association's ninth annual HDTV Summit.
The annual DTV Awards are independently voted on and bestowed by the DTV Academy for excellence in all aspects of digital content development and delivery, analog-to-digital transition leadership and the manufacture of high-definition television (HDTV) products.
The awards, presented during a special luncheon honoring the DTV Academy by CEA president/CEO Gary Shapiro, recognized achievements made throughout 2003 in 13 categories, including the People's Choice Award for the best HDTV program — the first and only DTV Academy Award voted on by the public.
This is the second time in three years that TWICE has won the Best DTV Journalism award. While TWICE won as a publication for 2003, for calendar year 2001 executive editor Greg Tarr won the award for his individual coverage of the industry.
The 2003 DTV Awards also included a new category — the DTV Academy Award of Distinction — presented to the individual or organization that has demonstrated exceeding effort and tireless dedication to promote HDTV to consumers throughout the year. The ESPN network received the first DTV Award of Distinction for its exemplary use of the analog channel to promote ESPN HD, the Academy said.
The 2003 DTV Academy Award recipients in the rest of the categories are:
Best DTV Network: CBS
Best Local DTV Broadcaster: WRAL, CBS affiliate in Raleigh, N.C.
Best DTV Cable System: Comcast
Best DTV Satellite Provider: DirecTV
Best DTV Satellite Programmer: HDNet
Best DTV Sporting Event: ABC Monday Night Football
Best Original DTV Material: ABC Monday Night Football
DTV Industry Leadership Award: John Taylor, LG Electronics
DTV Government Leadership Award: Michael Powell, chairman, Federal Communications Commission
DTV Retailer Leadership Award: Best Buy
The People's Choice Award: CSI: Miami, CBS
DTV Academy Award of Distinction: ESPN HD
The Academy of Digital Television Pioneers is a select group of 203 members of the broadcasting, program development and consumer electronics industries, as well as present and former government officials and media members.