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The BizKid$ T.V. show, the industry-funded financial education production on the Public Broadcasting Network, has been nominated for two daytime Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts & Science. Winners will be announced at an August ceremony. Officials of the National Credit Union Foundation and the Washington Credit Union League, major backers of the telecast, expressed delight at the honor, which they said recognized “the innovative contribution to financial literacy education” by CUs. The show, financed through contributions from hundreds of CUs across the U.S. and the NCUF and which has been broadcast during 2009 on more than 350 PBS stations, received the Emmy nods in two categories, graphic design and camera editing. Gary Oakland, president/CEO of BECU in Seattle and one of BizKid$ biggest boosters, said in a statement that a reason for the telecast’s success so far “is that it is more than just a show. After three years of support, credit unions can proudly say that Biz Kid$ has achieved everything that we had hoped: a quality TV series, companion classroom curriculum, a strong outreach program and a rising popularity. It is a complete financial education tool.”

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