Wednesday, March 09, 2011

KHBS/KHOG Parent Company Receives Political Coverage Recognition

KHBS/KHOG Press Release Hearst Television Inc., parent company of KHBS/KHOG-TV, has earned its sixth consecutive USC Annenberg Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism, in recognition of coverage by KHBS/KHOG-TV and the other Hearst stations of the 2010 election season.

The Cronkite Awards, named for the legendary CBS newsman, were established at the University of Southern California ’s Annenberg School for Communication following the 2000 election season to recognize excellence in television coverage of politics and political issues, quickly becoming the industry’s most recognized honor in the field. They have been issued six times – following the 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010 election seasons.

The Hearst station group has received the Cronkite for the Station Group category each time; its six consecutive honors surpass the total of Cronkite Awards to any other single entity in any category during the life of the awards.

Judges commended Hearst Television for its “clear, well-edited and comprehensive” reporting. They cited coverage of topics including bipartisanship, campaign expenditures and the accuracy of campaign ads. Judges said issues were clearly discussed and audience-friendly, adding that “Hearst continues to be a consistent success in this arena.”

KHBS/KHOG-TV’s coverage of the 2010 election season included the Arkansas Democratic Senatorial Debate on April 23rd, extended coverage of the Arkansas and Oklahoma primary & general elections, plus Truth Test news segments on Senatorial campaign ads.

The awards will be presented on the USC campus in Los Angeles on April 26.

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