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Emmys go to news and documentaries, with a special honor for Barbara Walters

September 21, 2009 |  9:03 pm

The Emmys just don't stop, do they? Three weeks ago it was the Daytime Emmys. Sunday night it was the Primetime Emmys. And tonight, in New York City, they handed out the 30th annual News and Documentary Emmys.

PBS was the big winner among the networks, picking up six statuettes for such programs as "Frontline," "Nova," "Bill Moyers Journal" and "P.O.V."


CBS and NBC followed with five apiece. CBS' venerable "60 Minutes" collected three, as did "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams." NBC was also honored for its election night coverage last November.

ABC got only two, but it had something else to celebrate. Barbara Walters, a fixture on American television since 1964 and currently the grande dame of ABC's "The View," was presented with a lifetime achievement award. She got her start on NBC's "Today" show but then moved to ABC in 1976, where she has anchored the evening news, "20/20" and her prime-time interview specials.

The Emmy for best documentary went to HBO's "Taxi to the Dark Side," which previously won an Oscar as best documentary. The film, about U.S. policy on torture, picked up a second Emmy tonight for research.

The awards were presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The full list of winners is available on its website.

— Lee Margulies

Photo credit: Evan Agostini / Associated Press