Caribbean investigation wins Emmy

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25 September 2008

ENDEMOL'S PETER R. DE VRIES WINS EMMY IN CURRENT AFFAIRS

Endemol's Dutch crime reporter Peter R de Vries has won the international Emmy award for best current affairs programme for his investigation into the disappearance of American teenager Natalee Holloway on the Caribbean island of Aruba in 2005.

Produced by Endemol Netherlands and screened on Dutch broadcaster SBS6 in January, the programme included secret recordings of prime suspect Joran van der Sloot, confessing his role in the disappearance to the show's undercover reporter.

This episode featuring this confession sent shockwaves throughout the Netherlands where seven million viewers watched the programme; a record number in the history of Dutch commercial television. The show was also broadcasted in the US where it generated huge media coverage.

De Vries accepted the award in New York on Monday together with Natalee's mother Beth. They dedicated the prize to the memory of the missing girl.

An emotional De Vries said: 'I have won my share of prizes but this one definitely is the most special of all. This is the prize of prizes. You only win this once'. In his statement De Vries praised all members of his team, alongside whom he has made the show for many years.

Paul Römer, General Manager of Endemol Netherlands, said: 'I'm very proud. Winning such a prestigious award means a lot to our company. But I can not stress enough that all credits should go to Peter and his crew. It's their prize; a well deserved reward for a unique crime reporter and his very talented, hard working team. I'm glad to have such skilled people in our company.'