PROVO — The BYU Daily News, Brigham Young University's student news broadcast, has been named the best student TV newscast in the nation by the Broadcast Education Association.

BYU's team will be honored Friday at the Annual BEA Festival of Arts Awards Ceremony in Las Vegas.

"This is like winning the NCAA championship in basketball," said broadcast advisor Erin Goff.

BEA officials judged more than 500 entries in this year's contest. BYU's news team was one of 15 "Best of Festival" winners out of those entrants, and, with that designation, the team's work will be showcased at the Friday event.

BYU's first-place winning broadcast team was led by student producer Kim Dalton, director Katie Luman, executive producer Alexis Wiseman and tape editor Katie Squires.

In other categories, BYU's entrants also tied for first with Arizona State for best news team, swept the top three news anchor awards, placed third in the radio newscast category and took the first two spots for radio feature reporting.

In the individual categories, BYU students Marco Villarreal, Jennifer Borget and McKay Allen swept the top three spots in the news anchor division.

In the radio feature reporting category, BYU students Rob Sanders and Marco Villarreal tied for first for their stories "Christmas Literature" and "Freshman," while BYU placed third overall for radio newscast.