GLOBAL NEWS TOPS ALL COMPETITORS WITH NINE RTNDA NATIONAL AND NETWORK TELEVISION AWARDS

Global's Combined Regional, National and Network Awards Total 26 with Six Additional Honourable Mentions

Global Toronto Wins Best Large Market Newscast Award For Its Unparalleled G20 Coverage

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TORONTO, June 27, 2011 /CNW/ - Global News is pleased to announce it has won nine Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA) National and Network awards. With award wins for Global National, 16:9 The Bigger Picture and several local affiliates, Global News won more national and network television awards this year than any other Canadian news organization.

"Global News is honoured to be recognized by our peers in such an impressive show of excellence," said Troy Reeb, Vice President, Global News, Shaw Media. "These nine awards reflect the hard work and dedication of our entire Global News team. The past year has been a period of immense growth for all Global News properties and as we expand, we will continue to espouse the standards of journalistic excellence promoted by the RTNDA."

Global News affiliates came up big at Saturday's RTNDA gala with five award wins in the 2010 National Television category, including the prestigious Bert Cannings Award (Large Market) presented to Global Toronto for its coverage of last year's G20 summit.

Global National won two prestigious network television awards, including the Gord Sinclair Award for its outstanding Canada Remembers coverage special - the first live special helmed by Global National Anchor Dawna Friesen. In addition, 16:9 The Bigger Picture was the recipient of the Hugh Haugland Award for creative use of video for the second year in a row.

These nine RTNDA national and network awards come on the heels of Global News' 17 previously announced regional awards - the most by any television network in the country.

The national and network awards that Global News affiliates have won are as follows:

Global National:  
Gord Sinclair Award - Special Events Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage
Global National for Canada Remembers Global National for Russell Williams Case
   
Global Toronto:  
Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast  
Global Toronto for G20 Summit (Large Market)  
   
Trina McQueen Award - News Information Program  
Global Toronto for Focus Ontario: A Piece of Myself  
   
Global Calgary:  
Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature
Global Calgary for Miracle Reunion (Large Market)
 
   
Global Edmonton:  
Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage Sam Ross Award - Editorial Commentary
Global Edmonton for Maddox Flynn Global Edmonton for Cookie Monster
   
Global BC:  
Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature  
Global BC for Beyond Fair Trade (Large Market)  
   
16:9 The Bigger Pitcure:  
Hugh Haugland Award - Creative Use of Video  
16:9 The Bigger Picture for Field Of Dreams  
   
Honourable Mentions:  
Dan McArthur Award - Indepth/Investigative  
Global National for ALS  
   
Dan McArthur Award - Indepth/Investigative  
16:9 The Bigger Picture for Energy Drinks  
   
Trina McQueen Award - News Information Program  
16:9 The Bigger Picture for Worry Lines

Global Television is a Shaw Media network.

About Shaw Communications Inc.
Shaw Communications Inc. is a diversified communications and media company, providing consumers with broadband cable television, High-Speed Internet, Home Phone, telecommunications services (through Shaw Business), satellite direct-to-home services (through Shaw Direct) and engaging programming content (through Shaw Media). Shaw serves 3.4 million customers, through a reliable and extensive fibre network. Shaw Media operates one of the largest conventional television networks in Canada, Global Television, and 18 specialty networks including HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, History Television and Showcase. Shaw is traded on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges and is included in the S&P/TSX 60 Index (Symbol: TSX - SJR.B, NYSE - SJR). For more information about Shaw, please visit www.shaw.ca.

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