Three honored at German TV Awards

'Face to Face with Crime,' Stefan Raab, national soccer team

COLOGNE, Germany -- The cast of German mafia drama "Face to Face with Crime," the around-the-clock documentary "24 h Berlin" and German talkshow host Stefan Raab have won top honors at the German TV Awards, the local equivalent of the Emmys. The three winners were announced on Friday, ahead of the official awards ceremony Saturday evening.

All three won for their "extraordinary contribution" to German TV in, respectively, the genres of fiction, information and entertainment. The "extraordinary contribution" category is new and intended partially to appease critics who have complained the German TV awards have become too mainstream, rewarding not excellence but ratings.

Those critics will be howling over another trophy to be handed out at the German TV awards. Germany's national soccer team and its coach, Jogi Low will receive an honorary prize for their contribution to the "TV event of the year" -- the soccer World Cup.

Germany's five largest broadcasters -- RTL, Pro7, Sat.1, ARD and ZDF -- jointly present the German TV awards. The awards gala will be held Oct. 9 night in Cologne.