Global BC chosen as Canada's Best Newscast
Global Winnipeg wins Best Long Feature and CHBC Kelowna picks up
award for Best Short Feature
VANCOUVER, June 23 /CNW/ - CanWest MediaWorks is pleased to announce that
Global and CH News have won several national 2007 Radio-Television News
Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA) Awards, including a major victory by
Global BC with judges choosing them as Canada's Best Newscast.
The national awards received by Global and CH News are as follows:
Global BC (large market)
- Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast for the November 15th 'News
Hour' broadcast and ongoing coverage of last winter's West Coast
storm. Viewers from all over B.C. tuned in to the 'News Hour' to
watch the damage caused by 100 km winds that pounded the coast. The
stories told of evacuations, power outages, collapsed structures and
- Charlie Edwards Award - Best Spot News for "Queen of the North
Sinks," breaking coverage of the BC Ferry sinking in March 2006 when
the Global BC news team mobilized a team of seven reporters to cover
the amazing tale of survival, heroism and mystery.
- Lifetime Achievement Award - Global BC long-time camera operator Gary
Hanney also received a Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding
accomplishments and excellence throughout his 40-year career. He has
covered many of B.C.'s biggest stories including Clifford Olson, the
Johnson-Bentley murders, escapes from Ken Prison, a major plane crash
at Vancouver airport, and every provincial and national election
Global Winnipeg (large market)
- Dave Rogers Award - Best Long Feature for "Saving Grace: The Harry
Lehotsky Story," a half-hour documentary chronicling the life and
sudden death of a beloved reverend and community leader in Winnipeg.
Reverend Lehotsky was diagnosed with non-operative terminal cancer
and died after a difficult six month struggle.
CHBC Kelowna (medium market)
- Dave Rogers Award - Best Short Feature for "From the Okanagan to
Ethiopia," part of a series documenting the challenges facing a group
of Okanagan medical volunteers who traveled to Ethiopia and the
enormous difference they made in people's lives. CHBC cameraman Colin
Macdonald accompanied the group to tell the stories of the hardships
people in Ethiopia faced through the eyes of the volunteers.
In addition, Global Calgary was the first ever recipient of the Adrienne
Clarkson Diversity Award in recognition of their week-long news series "Racism
at The Door," which examined the issue of racial profiling at Calgary
nightclubs. The Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson presented the award at the
President's Gala last night, which recognizes stories, features or series that
best exemplify or explore an issue of diversity in a Canadian news program.
RTNDA Canada represents 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, (604) 422-6736,