REGION CHANGE - 2010 RTNDA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - RTNDA Canada - The Association of Electronic Journalists is pleased to announce that Sylvia Kuzyk and Bob Layton will be honoured with 2010 RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Awards in the Prairie Region. The awards will be presented at the RTNDA Prairie Regional Awards Banquet in conjunction with the RTNDA National Conference in Edmonton, AB on June 17, 2010.

Sylvia Kuzyk is an award-winning broadcaster who's played many roles on-air and in her community over the past 35 years. She joined the industry in 1974 when there were very few women on air in Western Canada. Sylvia started at CTV Winnipeg (then CJAY-TV) and is still there today. She is considered the most watched weather forecaster in Manitoba. Sylvia remembers the flood of the century as one of the most exciting experiences of her career. For her, it was an example of news being what it is meant to be... providing vital and relevant information to the viewers. Sylvia has won many awards over her career including the Order of Manitoba in 2009.

Bob Layton graduated from the Columbia School of Broadcasting in 1969. His first job came in 1970 at CKNL in Fort St. John, B.C. Bob joined CHED in Edmonton in 1971 and in 1994 became News Director of what is now the Corus group of radio stations in Edmonton: 630 CHED, iNews 880, CISN Country and JOE FM. A winner of three national RTNDA awards for editorials, Bob is best known for taking strong positions on family, good government, and law and order. Under his leadership, his newsroom has also won awards for best documentary, best newscast and best website. In 2005, then-premier Ralph Klein presented Bob with a Centennial Medal for community service.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2002 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and continued excellence during the course of their career in broadcast journalism.

RTNDA Canada is the voice of electronic journalists and news managers in Canada. The members of RTNDA Canada recognize the responsibility of broadcast journalists to promote and to protect the freedom to report independently about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions, opinions and ideas. The RTNDA Canada Code of Ethics adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession.

For further information: Sherry Denesha, Operations Manager, RTNDA Canada at (416) 756-2213 or email: sherry@rtndacanada.com or visit www.rtndacanada.com