The National Academy of Television and Arts and Sciences awarded CNN an Emmy award for the network’s live minute-by-minute coverage of the 2006 Election Day, in which Democrats took control of both the U.S. House and Senate for the first time in 12 years. The academy presented the 28th Annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards on Monday, Sept. 24, during a black-tie ceremony at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers in New York City.
“We’re pleased the Emmys have recognized CNN for having The Best Political Team on Television,” said Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S. “Our inventive Election Night coverage – combining dazzling production with rock-solid information – is the hallmark of what CNN is all about: We’re the place where the news comes alive.”
For Election Night in 2006, CNN rolled out the latest newsgathering and news production technology to offer viewers the most content-rich election programming available anywhere. CNN’s 25-foot-wide video wall offered real-time information at a glance, offering vote tallies, live reports and other data from around the country simultaneously. A “smart screen” provided an interactive demonstration of the balance of power in both the House and Senate as results poured into the newsroom.
A breadth of political talent enabled the network to not only staff the studio with top analysts and correspondents but to place them strategically across the country for live reports from the scenes of the key races themselves.
In addition, CNN hosted its first “CNN E-lection Night Blog Party” in which the nation’s top political bloggers gathered to provide their own perspectives of the election.