PBS leads News Emmy noms

CBS, ABC round out the top three

PBS leads the pack for the 30th annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, dominating the field with 41 nominations.

CBS is second with 23 noms, followed by ABC and HBO/Cinemax (13 each), National Geographic (12) and NBC (10).

The hauls for cable news networks CNN and MSNBC are in the single digits, eight and two, respectively. (Fox News doesn't submit its programs for News Emmys, claiming bias against the conservative net on the part of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' members.)

The winners in 33 categories will be announced Sept. 21 in New York, where Barbara Walters will be honored with a lifetime achievement award. CNN Prods., the documentary unit of CNN, is slated to receive the President's Prize.

Last year, PBS took home 10 of the 33 News and Doc Emmys. CBS was second with five, including three for veteran newsmagazine "60 Minutes."

This year, "60 Minutes" again is the most-nominated program with 15, followed by PBS' documentary series "P.O.V." (10) and "Frontline (six) and HBO's documentaries (nine).

Among the networks' evening newscasts, "ABC World News With Charlie Gibson" is tops with seven nominations, followed by "NBC Nightly News With Brian Williams" (five) and "CBS Evening News With Katie Couric" (three).

NBC News received two nominations for covering the death of its "Meet the Press" anchor Tim Russert -- one for "Nightly News" in the breaking news category and one for "Dateline NBC" in the editing category

Additionally, Russert's son Luke is nominated as a member of the team of correspondents who took part in NBC News' "Decision 2008" Election Night coverage.

Of CNN's eight nominations, three are for the cable channel's election coverage.