Representatives from Norway's public service broadcaster NRK Upunkt squealed with delight as they were announced as winners of the best music and entertainment prize at this year's NetMedia online journalism awards.

The award ceremony followed the annual online journalism conference, this year held in Barcelona at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. (See Special Report - NetMedia 2003).

NRK Upunkt's winning entry "Piip-show" features a real family of nesting birds in a 24/7 reality show format; it has developed something of a cult following in Norway. Viewers tuned in to watch the birds build the nest, see the eggs hatch and finally watch as they flew from the nest for the first time.

Erik Bolstad, journalist for NRK, told dotJournalism how surprised they were to be shortlisted. "We couldn't believe it. Norway is such a small country of only 4 million people, and this is a Norwegian-language site."

The team also scooped the award for best business and economics report for their story on Norwegian monetary policy.

The Institute of War and Peace Reporting won two awards for best environment report and best overall news design and navigation, won jointly with the BBC's news team for their Iraq coverage.

The BBC, to no-one's surprise, cleaned up with eight of the 21 awards including best feature story and best general news presentation.

The coveted award for internet journalist of the year went to Swiss Radio International reporter Vincent Landon for his investigation into malaria in developing countries.

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