"As a result of the superior quantity and quality of sites entered, the 13th Annual Webby Awards recognized sites and teams that demonstrated a standard of excellence," the website of the Webby Awards says, continuing with mentioning that "this honor signifies an outstanding caliber of work." The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the internet. Established in 1996 during the web's infancy, the Webbys are presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-member body of leading web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities.
Eurovision.tv, the official website of the Eurovision Song Contest, is a production of the Eurovision TV Interactive Unit at the European Broadcasting Union. "We are extremely proud and humble because of this recognition from industry experts," says Nicoletta Iacobacci, head of the unit. "We started implementing an extensive cross-media strategy in 2007, to give the Eurovision Song Contest an entirely new dimension. Being honoured for that by the Webby Awards jury encourages us to continue improving our service," Iacobacci underlined.
Apart from the Eurovision TV Interactive Unit and the Communications & PR team of the Eurovision Family of Events, a team of nearly 10 skilled volunteers supports the production of the website. With years of Eurovision Song Contest experience, they fuel the website, the contest's YouTube channel and various other new media productions. Andreas Schacht from Germany, who was also featured in the Eurovision Countdown shows, was thrilled to find out about the Webby Awards recognition: "We are putting a lot of effort into the website, to promote the contest, its values and the participants. We aim at providing the best possible service to TV-viewers, fans, delegates and media, and this recognition is a fantastic motivation to keep on going. Fabulous!"
Other organisations that were honoured in the event category were the US Open tennis tournament and the City of Sydney. The award itself went to video community YouTube for their YouTube LIVE service. Congratulations!
And to you, dear readers... Thank you for visiting Eurovision.tv during these exciting days!