TORONTO, April 18, 2016 /CNW/ - In recognition of his distinguished broadcast journalism career, Lloyd Robertson, the longtime anchor of CTV National News, will be honoured with The Canadian Journalism Foundation's (CJF) Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual CJF Awards on June 16 in Toronto.
"Broadcaster, journalist, storyteller and great Canadian," says Jane Taber, a member of the selection jury and senior political writer for The Globe and Mail. "For decades, Lloyd Robertson was our trusted source for news, covering every significant event in the country from election campaigns, the Olympic Games, political leadership battles and royal visits. He did it all with a mix of authority, professionalism and a common touch. This is a well-deserved reward for a remarkable career."
Robertson's broadcasting career spans more than five decades. Currently host and chief correspondent for W5, CTV's investigative news program, Robertson joined CTV in 1976. He held the title of chief anchor and senior editor with CTV National News for 35 years, where he was known for his distinctive baritone delivery and his iconic signoff line, "And that's the kind of day it's been."
"What a great honour to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Canadian Journalism Foundation," says Robertson. "As a long-time supporter of CJF's efforts to bring understanding of the critical role journalism plays in our lives, it's especially gratifying to gain this recognition from my peers."
Robertson's broadcast career began in radio in 1952, in his hometown of Stratford, Ont., before moving nearby to a job in Guelph. He then shifted to television, working at CBC in Windsor, Winnipeg, Ottawa and eventually Toronto, where he anchored CBC's national news. The recipient of numerous awards, Robertson is a Member of the Order of Canada, and was the first journalist inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
Robertson joins a distinguished group of CJF Lifetime Achievement Award winners. Past recipients include: Michel Auger, Peter Bregg, Michael Maclear, Jack Sigvaldason, Patrick Brown, Lise Bissonnette, Joe Schlesinger, Sally Armstrong, Norman Webster, Knowlton Nash, Pierre Berton (posthumous), June Callwood, Doris Anderson, Trina McQueen, Doug Creighton, Mark Starowicz, Bernard Derome, Peter C. Newman, Peter Gzowski and Robert Fulford. View our video gallery of past recipients.
The Lifetime Achievement Award jury members are:
Chair – Anthony Wilson-Smith, president and CEO, Historica Canada
James Baxter, editor-in-chief and executive chairman, iPolitics
Michel Cormier, directeur-général de l'information, Société Radio-Canada/CBC
Chantal Hébert, political columnist, Toronto Star, le Devoir, l'Actualité, CBC, Radio-Canada
Sylvia Stead, public editor The Globe and Mail
Jane Taber, senior political writer, The Globe and Mail
Visit our CJF Awards page for more details about this year's event and follow #CJFawards on Twitter.
About The Canadian Journalism Foundation
Established in 1990, The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence in journalism by celebrating outstanding journalistic achievement. Our signature events include an annual awards program featuring a must-attend industry gala where Canada's top newsmakers meet Canada's top news people. Through J-Talks, our popular speakers' series, we facilitate dialogue among journalists, business people, academics and students about the role of the media in Canadian society and the ongoing challenges for media in the digital era. The foundation also supports journalism websites J-Source.ca (English) and ProjetJ.ca (French) and fosters opportunities for journalism education, training and research.
SOURCE Canadian Journalism Foundation
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