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BBC News Online wins the first Interactive BAFTA Award

BBC News Online has won the first ever British Academy of Film and Television Award (Bafta) for news websites.

Beating off competition from more established sites at CNN and the Electronic Telegraph, BBC News Online received the award in the News and Magazine category at Bafta’s inaugural Interactive Entertainment awards ceremony, held in London on Thursday 29th October.

After accepting the famous bronze mask trophy from Lord Puttnam, News Online's Executive Editor Mike Smartt said: "We will be one year old next week and the Bafta award is a recognition of the dedication and innovation of the best team of journalists, developers and designers in the Web news business." David Puttnam, said the ceremony marked a coming of age. "Tonight the dinner jacket at last meets the anorak," he said.

Fionnula Duggan, who chaired the News & Magazine section, said the overall standard had been very high. She said the 40 entries had been whittled down to three nominees but she said BBC News Online pipped the others because it exuded "energy and innovation".

Ms Duggan, Director of Multimedia with EMI, said: "The great thing about the BBC site is that it has the content, ease of use, navigation and design but it also has an intuitiveness and an added flavour."

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