TORONTO, Feb. 16 /CNW/ - RTNDA Canada - The Association of Electronic
Journalists is pleased to announce that John Hinnen, Vice-President and
General Manager of 680 News and Vice President of Radio News
Programming for Rogers Broadcasting is this year's recipient of the
RTNDA President's Award.
RTNDA's highest honour is presented annually to recognize individuals or
groups that have brought distinction to, or made major contributions
to, broadcast journalism.
John Hinnen is an accomplished news executive and a radio news career
that spans nearly four decades with Rogers. He first started out as a
sportscaster in 1974, and only a few years later was appointed news
director of CFTR. By 1987 he was appointed VP of News at CHFI, and is
considered the architect of 680News which went on the air in 1993. He
has also oversees Rogers All News stations in Vancouver, Calgary and
Ottawa as well as the News/Talk stations in Kitchener, Saint John,
Moncton and Halifax.
John Hinnen has contributed to broadcast journalism in many ways. As a
long-time member of RTNDA Canada, he has served as President of both
the Association and the Foundation. He currently serves as
Vice-President of the Ontario Association of Broadcasters.
Under his direction, Rogers sponsors numerous scholarships, bursaries
and other resources for broadcast schools from coast to coast.
"Under John's guidance 680News and the other All News stations have
become major news voices in the cities they serve. Combine that with
his extensive contribution to the RTNDA John Hinnen is an excellent
choice for this years award," said RTNDA President Andy LeBlanc
Hinnen said he is humbled to receive this award. He added, "This award
is recognition of the amazing people I've had a chance to work with
over the years from Ted Rogers who had the vision for 680News to the
amazing team of journalists we work with daily."
The RTNDA President's Award will be presented at the President's Award
Gala during the RTNDA National Conference in Halifax on Friday, June
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 the profession.
SOURCE RTNDA Canada
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