Johnson Wins Two Emmys for Digital TV Special

DTV 411Clay Johnson, a visiting lecturer in public policy at Duke University, earned two Emmy Awards for a half-hour television program and a 30-second public service announcement about the nationwide digital television transition. Johnson is a faculty affiliate with the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy and teaches classes in television journalism and a documentary producer at the Raleigh television station WRAL.

The awards were presented in Nashville, Tenn. on Jan. 24 at the 23rd Annual MidSouth Emmy Awards. As the producer and writer for the programs, Johnson shared the awards with actor James Benedict and photographer and editor Jay Jennings.

The half-hour show called “DTV 411” was produced for the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters and has been replicated in other states. It was the first program in North Carolina’s history to be broadcast simultaneously on every major commercial television station in the state.

In “DTV 411,” a cynical, old curmudgeon and a hip, young technophile represent analog and digital technology in an entertaining and informative look at the digital revolution and the approaching FCC deadline, which initially required full-power broadcasters to go all digital on Feb. 17.  At the urging of the Obama administration, Congress recently passed legislation moving the deadline back to June 12.

Since many viewers still have questions and concerns about this change, the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters wanted a special, statewide television program to explain the digital transition. It also shows which viewers are affected by the change and what they need to do to keep receiving their television signal after the switch. The show can be seen on