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BBC News website scoops award
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The BBC News website has scooped a prestigious prize at the Online News Association awards in Hollywood.

The site won the main award for general excellence in journalism, beating CNN.com, WashingtonPost.com, and the Wall Street Journal website.

The award was picked up by the deputy editor of BBC News Interactive, Paul Brannan, at the Hollywood ceremony.

It is the latest recognition for the BBC News website, and follows three prestigious Webbys won in May.

'Sets the standard'

The Online News Association says on its website that the judges "were effusive in their praise for this site, noting that it has continued to improve and innovate" since it last won the award in 2001.

"They provide breaking news around the world and around the clock in multiple languages," it added.

"The site is well-designed and easy to navigate... They set the standard for online news."

Pete Clifton, editor of the BBC site, said: "I am delighted the site has been recognised again at such a prestigious awards ceremony.

"We are committed to excellence in online news, and this award is a tribute to the dedication of many people right across our team."

The general excellence award for "smaller sites" went to VenturaCountyStar.com, covering Ventura County in California, which the judges said was "both a news site and an online home for the local community".

In May, the BBC won three Webbys - often referred to as the online Oscars - in the news, sport, and education categories.

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