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HDNet World Report Wins National Headliner Award.

Weekly news program tops big name competition to take first-place in Health/Science Reporting

DALLAS, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- HDNet is proud to announce that "HDNet World Report," the network's award winning weekly news program has been recognized with a first place award at the 75th annual National Headliner Awards, sponsored by The Press Club of Atlantic City, N.J.


The program's award was in the Health/Science Reporting category for HDNet's, "Bill Gates and the Indian Eunuchs." Correspondent Paul Beban reported from India for the story, which was produced by Kira Kay and Jason Maloney.

The story examined a very unlikely partnership that is fighting AIDS in India. Through his charitable foundation, billionaire Bill Gates is funding a group of 'Aravanis' - Indian men who undergo ritual castration - to do frontline health and social work in the rural Indian countryside.

It's a story that's both engagingly exotic and immediately relatable. We learn that the Aravanis - as colorful and strange as they may seem to our eyes - want nothing other than what any of us want: respect, dignity, a place in society. It's also the untold story of how a group of outsiders is making a difference in a crucial public health battle playing out in a remote corner of the world - but in a world growing more and more connected every day, it's a story that affects us all.

"Once again, our staff at World Report outperforms many of the bigger players in the news game and wins a National Headliner," said Mark Cuban, president and co-founder of HDNet. "I'm proud of the work that they do and of the in-depth stories that we present to our viewers every week on World Report."

HDNet World Report and Mr. Beban also received two second place awards, the first in the Business & Consumer Reporting category for "India Rising," a co-production with NOW on PBS and another in the Environmental Reporting category for "Payatas: The Dark Side of Economic Growth."

The National Headliner Awards program is one of the oldest and largest annual contests recognizing journalistic merit in the communications industry. This is the second year in a row that World Report has been awarded a National Headliner; last year it was the recipient of two awards.

"HDNet World Report" airs every Tuesday at 9:00 ET as a part of the network's News and Documentary programming night. The award-winning episode is available for download via iTunes.

About HDNet

HDNet ( is a network that is original, thinks independently and delivers unique content and provocative, authentic programming that appeals to men of all ages, delivered in true high definition.

HDNet is the exclusive, high definition home for popular, original programming, including television's only HD news feature programs "HDNet World Report," and the Emmy Award winning "Dan Rather Reports," featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather. Only HDNet goes beyond the headlines to deliver real news that is redefining the way we look at our world. HDNet News is provocative, sometimes controversial and always relevant - telling the important stories of our time in-depth, with attitude and with independence.

HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring the best of Mixed Martial Arts through HDNet Fights. HDNet Fights partners with leading MMA promoters including Affliction, DREAM, Sengoku, XFC, M1, K-1, K-1 Max, MFC, Adrenaline and more. HDNet produces more live mixed martial arts events than any other network and HDNet's "Inside MMA" is the hottest mixed martial arts program on television, giving MMA fans their weekly fix for everything MMA.

HDNet also delivers the world's largest and most diverse concert line-up through the HDNet Concert Series. The HDNet Concert Series features leading artists and bands including Coldplay, Gwen Stefani, John Mayer and more. HDNet also features revealing lifestyle programming featuring "Art Mann Presents," "Vegas Confessions," "Deadline" and "Get Out!" HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning documentaries as part of the InFocus series. "NASA on HDNet" presents all live shuttle launches through 2010.

Only HDNet Movies delivers exclusive Sneak Previews of new movies before they hit theaters. The HDNet Movies Sneak Preview series features top Hollywood stars in critically acclaimed performances including Gwyneth Paltrow, Joaquin Phoenix, Demi Moore, Michael Caine, Tom Hanks, Vera Farmiga, Parker Posey, Brian Cox, Matthew Broderick, Brittany Snow, Eric Bana, John Malkovich, Emily Blunt and Tom Hanks.

Upcoming Sneak Previews include "The Girlfriend Experience" directed by Steven Soderbergh.

In addition to being the exclusive home of Sneak Previews, HDNet Movies presents viewers with over one hundred films and an average of twenty-five "HD Premieres" each month. HDNet Movies viewers enjoy the best films from the classics of the 1950s-1970s, to favorite films from the 1980s and 1990s, to recently released theatrical films.

HDNet Movies offers subscribers a premium movie viewing experience in true HD, and more original movies shot entirely in HD than any other network.

Launched in 2001 by Mark Cuban and General Manager Philip Garvin, the HDNet networks are available on AT&T, Bright House Networks, Charter Communications, Comcast, DIRECTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon and more than 40 NCTC cable affiliate companies. For more information visit

CONTACT: Colette Carey of HDNet, +1-303-542-5576,

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