Flagship programs on CBS and NBC did well at the 31st annual edition of the News and Documentary Emmys. "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" won both breaking and continuing coverage of a news story, while "Today" took home the feature award. And "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" prevailed for both investigative journalism and business and economic reporting.
The equivalent prizes for the newsmagazine shows were split five ways: "Dateline NBC" (breaking news), "60 Minutes" (continuing coverage), "HDNet World Report" (feature), "Frontline" (investigative) and "Dan Rather Reports" (business and economic reporting).
Overall, CBS won seven Emmys, NBC earned six and PBS prevailed in five races. Six channels — ABC, HDNet, History, National Geographic, Planet Green and Sundance -- each won two apiece. Documentarian Frederick Wiseman was feted for a lifetime of achievement, and "PBS NewsHour" was presented with the Chairman's Award. C-SPAN will broadcast the ceremony at 8 p.m. ET on Oct. 9.
One nominee not attending the festivities at Lincoln Center was Robert Halderman, who made news last year for his attempted extortion of David Letterman. Recently released from jail, he was in the running for a "48 Hours Mystery" report on Amanda Knox but lost.
For the full list of winners, visit the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences website.
Image: Emmy Award statues. Credit: NATAS.