Excellent television works are honoured at the Vietnam News Agency's first television festival (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam News Agency organised its first television festival on August 18 to mark the 7th anniversary of the first broadcast of the agency’s TV channel – Vnews.

Speaking at the event, General Director of the Vietnam News Agency Nguyen Duc Loi underlined that VNews, which specialises in mainstream news, has become one of the main national TV channels.

The TV channel has made significant contributions to popularizing accurate and timely information, countering false information, thus serving Party and Government’s leadership as well as meeting information demands of both domestic and foreign audience, he highlighted.

Meanwhile, VNews Director Nguyen Thien Thuat stressed that VNews has established a foothold in the country’s television journalism. The VNews channel has covered 63 cities and provinces, 30 countries and territories worldwide along with significant domestic and international events.

A ceremony was held at the Vietnam News Agency headquarters the same day to present awards honouring standout television works in diverse categories as well as individuals and organisations who contributed to the development of the TV channel. The awards included “Standout reporter”, “Golden hand”, “Excellent television works”, “Excellent camerawoman” and “Versatile reporter”, among others.

VNews aired its first news programme on August 25, 2010. From its humble beginning with only several news programmes a day, now the channel broadcasts around the clock with 24 news programmes and 30 specialised shows a day. Besides Vietnamese programmes, the channel airs daily Chinese and English news programmes along with weekly French and Spanish news bulletins.

VNews is one of the two units assigned by the State to edit the content of programmes by foreign broadcasters to be aired in Vietnam. It also posted multi-media works on social networks like Facebook, youtube, Twitter and Instagram, making the information more accessible to audiences of different ages.-VNA