Henrico County Television wins Emmy for program on Police, Fire chaplains

The Henrico County Television program “Ringing the Bell: Police and Fire Chaplains of Henrico County” has earned a 2016 Emmy Award from the National Capital Chesapeake Bay Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The award was announced at the 58th annual Emmy Awards ceremony June 25 in Baltimore.

Produced and directed by Gene Byard, the program won the award in the religion – news single story/news series category. The 17-minute show highlights the volunteer ministers who provide pastoral care and spiritual support to Henrico’s first responders and residents. The Emmy is the first won by Byard and the sixth by Henrico Public Relations & Media Services since launching HCTV in 2003. The department produces original, feature programming focused on Henrico.

Byard, a television producer and director, has been a member of the HCTV staff since 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and previously worked as a television producer for Chesterfield County Public Schools and WCVE (PBS 23).

One other HCTV program earned an Emmy nomination in 2016: “A Piece of Our Past: The Old Henrico County Courthouse and Jail,” which was produced and directed by Ryan Eubank.

HCTV programs are available to Comcast subscribers in Henrico on channel 17, on Comcast Video On Demand, and on Verizon FiOS channel 39. Programs also can be viewed online at henrico.us/pr.

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