Thursday, October 21, 1999 Published at 01:15 GMT 02:15 UK
BBC nets another Bafta
BBC winners: (Left to right) Technical director Matthew Karas, project director Bob Eggington, executive editor Mike Smartt
BBC News Online has won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) award for the best news website for the second year running.
The BBC site, which is two years old next week, beat the shortlisted CNN and Fox Sports - both from the United States - to the prestigious award, introduced for the first time last year.
The award follows hard on heels of the site's first international prize, a Prix Italia for best website, awarded in Sienna last month.
The Bafta judges said BBC News Online "provides an amazing depth of content which at the same time is very easy to navigate and to access particular information".
They added: "The use of original editorial content was praised as well as the appropriate use of rich media, that didn't detract from the main focus."
After receiving the award at a ceremony in London on Wednesday, BBC News Online's executive editor, Mike Smartt, said: "Since we won the first ever News Interactive Bafta last year, the medium has developed apace, so to win the award for a second year is particularly significant.
"It is a tribute to all the hard work of the best web news team in the business."
Among the many other categories, the BirdGuides website, published by The Red Green & Blue Company Ltd, won Bafta's the e-zine award. And Cold War site helped CNN Interactive take the factual award.
The BBC also had another Bafta winner in the children's category with Noddy - let's get ready for school.
The awards, held this year in association with ICL, are designed to recognise the growing importance of CD-Roms and the internet in the entertainment industry.
Bafta, best known for promoting excellence in British film and television, changed its membership criteria last year to allow the new media industry into its ranks.
It was only the second time the rules had been changed - the first was in 1958 to allow the television industry into the academy.
BBC News Online, launched in November 1997, is now recording more than 50 million page views a month and is the biggest content site in Europe. It has won an impressive series of awards:
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