Global News and CH News win national Radio-Television News Directors Awards



    
                 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
        flood threats.

    -   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
        race.

    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.





For further information:

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


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