Global National named Canada's Best Newscast at the Radio-Television News Directors Association Awards



    
             GLOBAL NEWS MARITIMES GARNERS TWO AWARDS - SPOT NEWS
                           AND CONTINUING COVERAGE

             ADDITIONAL WINS FROM GLOBAL NEWS AND CH NEWS INCLUDE
           BEST FEATURE, BEST EDITORIAL AND THE ADRIENNE CLARKSON
                               DIVERSITY AWARD
    

    OTTAWA, June 22 /CNW/ - Canwest Broadcasting is pleased to announce that
Global National has won the coveted Best Newscast and Best Spot News Awards,
in the network television category at the 2007 Radio-Television News Directors
Association of Canada Awards (RTNDA). Global BC, Global News Calgary, Global
News Edmonton, Global News Maritimes and CHBC News Kelowna were also honoured
with several accolades in the national television category, at the awards gala
held in Ottawa last night.
    The network and national awards received by Global National, Global News
and CHBC News were as follows:

    
    Global National (network level)
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    -   Best Newscast (Bert Cannings Award): "November 6 Newscast" - Global
        National's comprehensive coverage of the murder of a Canadian RCMP
        officer in Canada's remote and far north. With a tight turnaround and
        the country's earliest news deadline, Global National delivered a
        well-rounded lead-in story, providing poignant insight from the
        fallen officer's family in Ontario.

    -   Best Spot News (Charlie Edwards Award): "Conrad Black Verdict" -
        Global National's extensive live, breaking news coverage of Conrad
        Black's verdict, delivering in-depth analysis and world-wide
        reaction. With a hard-working on-location team, Global National
        provided Canadians with more context of the complicated case with a
        historical look at the lengthy trial and Black's more infamous
        comments made in the media.

    Global BC (large market - national level)
    -----------------------------------------
    -   Best Editorial/Commentary (Sam Ross Award): "Mike McCardell's
        Downtown Eastside Series" - A frank and honest series of commentaries
        from Global BC's Mike McCardell on Vancouver's once thriving Downtown
        Eastside. Along with cameraman Mike Timbrell, McCardell spent a week
        in Canada's toughest neighbourhood speaking directly to junkies,
        dealers and the homeless, many of whom want to leave but cannot find
        the will power. His editorial is a powerful catalyst for change that
        is nothing like the Shangri-La that appears in many tourist
        brochures.

    Global News Edmonton (large market - national level)
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    -   Best Long Feature (Dave Rogers Award): "Black Friday - 20 Years
        Later" - An exclusive half-hour special dedicated to the victims and
        families hit by the 1987 Edmonton tornado, one of the worst tornadoes
        in Canadian history. On the 20th anniversary of the deadly twister,
        the Global News team took a historical look through the eyes of
        several people directly impacted by the event, and investigated what
        has changed since the tragic event when it comes to predicting
        tornadoes and preparing for such emergencies.

    Global News Maritimes (medium market - national level)
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    -   Best Spot News (Charlie Edwards Award): "Armed Robbery" - Global News
        Maritimes' breaking news coverage of a gas station robbery in Cape
        Breton, Nova Scotia, and the dramatic arrest of two suspects when
        they got into a taxi cab. Reporter Russ White's compelling story-
        telling included interviews with the gas station manager and cab
        driver, with excellent footage of police officers and their K9 unit
        apprehending the suspects.

    -   Best Continuing Coverage (Ron Laidlaw Award): "Bill and Mary
        Boates" - Reporter Jacqueline Foster's heart-warming series on the
        plight of Bill and Mary Boates, an elderly couple from Nova Scotia
        who were forced to live apart when Bill was ordered out of the
        nursing home where they both lived. Foster followed the story for
        months, took their story to the government and helped to influence
        change that finally resulted in the couple's reunion.

    Global News Calgary
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    -   Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award: "Minority Report - Alberta's
        Culture Collision" - For the second year in a row, Global News
        Calgary has won the Adrienne Clarkson Diversity Award which
        recognizes stories, features or series that best exemplify or explore
        an issue of diversity in a Canadian news program. This year, the
        Global News Calgary team won for their news special about the
        cultural diversity in the community of Brooks.

    CHBC News Kelowna (medium market - national level)
    --------------------------------------------------
    -   Best Short Feature (Dave Rogers Award): "Hockey Fan" - CHBC news'
        touching story about a severely disabled but dedicated hockey fan
        from Kelowna, Jamey Brew. Jamey, who has cerebral palsy, is the
        Alaska Grizzlies' number one fan, a hockey team that travels all the
        way to the Vernon winter carnival peewee hockey tournament. Win or
        lose, Jamey gives the team pep talks every year. There is laughter,
        and tears of joy, and the players walk away knowing that victory is
        not always what ends up on the scoreboard.

    For a full list of RTNDA award winners, visit www.rtndacanada.com.
    

    RTNDA Canada is the voice of electronic journalists and news managers in
Canada, representing the nation's radio and television newsrooms and new media
operations. The RTNDA is dedicated to fostering excellence in electronic
journalism and honours the very best in Canadian Radio, Television and New
Media journalism each year with the prestigious Regional and National RTNDA
Awards Program.




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For further information: Media Contact: Yvonne Chiang, (778) 241-0143 or
(604) 422-6736, ychiang@globaltv.com


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