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BBC America won the Emmy for Inside the North Korean Bubble by BBC correspondent Sue Lloyd-Roberts

A story commissioned by BBC Newsnight on North Korea has seen BBC America take home a news and documentary Emmy award.

The awards were presented last night by the National Academy of Television arts and sciences in New York.

BBC America won the category of Outstanding Feature Story in a Regularly Scheduled Newscast, for Inside the North Korean Bubble by BBC correspondent Sue Lloyd-Roberts.

Lloyd-Roberts was accompanied by Newsnight cameraman Tony Joliffe in her North Korean journey, with the final programme originally broadcast in the UK in June last year.

A second BBC Newsnight commission, The Harsh Lives of Kabul's Street Children, also received a nomination in the same category.

"I would like to thank the Academy for this wonderful recognition of BBC News," director of BBC Global News Peter Horrocks said in a release.

"In a year dominated by big international news stories, it is an indication of US audiences' growing appetite for the trusted and impartial perspective BBC News offers on the world around them, whether through TV, radio or online.

"This award is a real tribute to the talent, dedication and editorial ambition of our journalists and editorial teams across the BBC."

The biggest winner on the night of news and documentary awards was CBS with 10, followed by the National Geographic Channel with seven and PBS with six.

Awards were presented across 42 categories in total, which included Breaking News, Investigative Reporting and Outstanding Interview.

The BBC's win at the Emmys follows the success of the BBC News website at the Online Journalism Awards at the weekend, when it was named the winner of the general excellence in online journalism for a large site category.

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