RTNDA announces 2009 National & Network Award Recipients

EDMONTON, June 19 /CNW/ - RTNDA Canada, the Association of Electronic Journalists, presented its annual awards for Canadian news stories and programming at its Awards Gala tonight in Edmonton, Alberta.

The awards, named after some of Canada's broadcasting pioneers, are presented in a variety of categories to radio and TV networks and stations, and are given in recognition of excellence in electronic journalism. "Coming, as they do, from our peers in the profession," said RTNDA President Cal Johnstone, "these awards are particularly important."

Regional awards were also presented to winning stations in the Prairie Provinces. Awards dinners have also been held in St. John, NB, Toronto and Vancouver over the past several weeks to honour winners from other regions of the country.

The awards program was the culmination of a conference focusing on the future of local news. "Congratulations to all the winners," said Johnstone. "These awards underline the value of local news coverage to Canadian communities."

    
    The 2009 NATIONAL RADIO winners are:
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    Byron MacGregor Award - Best Newscast

     -  News 91.9 for The Morning News - (Small Market)
     -  AM800 CKLW for The 7:30 am AM800 NEWS - (Medium Market)
     -  680 News for Tornado Aftermath - (Large Market)

    Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

     -  Newstalk 1010 for Tamil Protest Turns Violent

    Dan McArthur Award - In-depth/Investigative

     -  CBC Radio 99.1 Toronto for e-Health Ontario Investigations, Mike
        Crawley
     -  CBC Radio Edmonton for Where's Amanda (Honourable Mention)

    Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature

     -  CBC Sudbury for Wayne's No. 99 - (Medium Market)
     -  CKNW News-Talk 980 for Rootdown Farm, Rebecca Scott - (Large Market)

    Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

     -  CBC Radio - Daybreak North for Last Call: Fetal Alcohol - (Small
        Market)
     -  97.7 The Beach Wasaga Beach for Time to Hit the Auction, Catherine
        Thompson (Honourable Mention - Small Market)
     -  CBC Radio Sudbury for The Mac - (Medium Market)
     -  CBC Radio Edmonton for No Money Christmas - (Large Market)
     -  CBC Radio 99.1 Toronto for Sunrise Propane, One Year Anniversary
        (Honourable Mention - Large Market)

    Gord Sinclair Award - Live Special Events

     -  Newstalk 1010 for The Barack Obama Inauguration

    Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

     -  CBC Radio Edmonton for WCB Hostage Taking
     -  CBC Newfoundland & Labrador for CBC Radio News, St. John's, NL,
        Cougar Helicopter Crash (Honourable Mention)
     -  CBC Radio for The Fall of Nortel (Honourable Mention)

    Sam Ross Award - Editorial/Commentary

     -  CBC Radio One, Ottawa for Ontario Today: Blind Man Essay

    Best Use of Sound Award

     -  CBC Cape Breton for Silver Dart

    Peter Gzowski Award - News Information Program

     -  CBC Radio St. John's for St. John's Morning Show
     -  CBC Radio 99.1 Toronto for Metro Morning (Honourable Mention)
     -  CBC Radio Vancouver for The Early Edition (Honourable Mention)

    Adrienne Clarkson Award - Diversity

     -  CBC Radio 99.1 Toronto for Toronto's Mosaic: Regent Park
        Revitalization/Resident, Mary Wiens
     -  CBC Saskatchewan for Grandmas in Action (Honourable Mention)

    Use of New Media Award

     -  CBC News Vancouver for CBC.ca/BC


    The 2009 NATIONAL TELEVISION winners are:
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    Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast

     -  CFJC TV Kamloops for CFJC Evening News - (Small Market)
     -  /A\ Vancouver Island for /A\ News at 5 - (Medium Market)
     -  CTV Winnipeg for CTV News at 6 - (Large Market)
     -  Global Toronto for The News Hour - (Honourable Mention - Large
        Market)

    Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

     -  CBC Newfoundland & Labrador for Missing Gun, CBC TV News, St. John's,
        NL

    Dan McArthur Award - In-depth/Investigative

     -  Global News Calgary for Sky High

    Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature

     -  CHAT TV, Medicine Hat for Swift Current Rats - (Small Market)
     -  CTV Regina for A School Harvest - (Medium Market)
     -  Global Edmonton for Project Kare - (Large Market)

    Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

     -  CHAT TV, Medicine Hat for Too Dry for Tears - (Small Market)
     -  CBC North Television, CBC News: Northbeat for The Dawson Gold Fields:
        What is Old is New Again - (Medium Market)
     -  CTV British Columbia for Walk On - (Large Market)

    Gord Sinclair Award - Special Events

     -  CBC Vancouver for News Day
     -  CBC Nova Scotia for Hurricane Bill Special, CBC Television
        (Honourable Mention)

    Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

     -  CBC News Nova Scotia for Halifax Harbour Sewer Disaster, Paul Withers
     -  Global BC for News Hour: BC's Gangland (Honourable Mention)

    Hugh Haugland Award - Creative Use of Video

     -  CTV Southwestern Ontario for Cop Cars, June 26, 2009
     -  Global BC for News Hour: Fastest in the West (Honourable Mention)

    Trina McQueen Award - News Information Program

     -  Global Toronto for Focus Ontario: The Ontario Legislature - Our House

    Adrienne Clarkson Award - Diversity

     -  CTV British Columbia for CTV FIRST STORY - Olympic Resistance
     -  Global Toronto for Our Canada: New Canadians (Honourable Mention)


    The 2009 NETWORK RADIO winners are:
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    Byron MacGregor Award - Best Newscast

     -  VOCM News Service for VOCM Network News

    Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

     -  CBC National Radio News for Cougar Flight 491

    Dan McArthur - In-depth/Investigative

     -  CBC National Radio News for RCMP Computer Costs

    Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature

     -  The Canadian Press for Kandahar's Mean Streets
     -  91.5 CBC Radio One for Double Amputee Combat Soldier, The World This
        Weekend (Honourable Mention)

    Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

     -  CBC Radio Northeastern Ontario for What Remains

    Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

     -  CBC National Radio News for The Braidwood Inquiry

    Best Use of Sound Award

     -  The Canadian Press for Battle Rush
     -  CBC Radio for A night With The Troops Alison Myers (Honourable
        Mention)

    Peter Gzowski Award - News Information Program

     -  The Current, CBC Radio One for Bishop Lahey Charges

    Adrienne Clarkson Award - Diversity

     -  The Current, CBC Radio One for Cultural Competence


    The 2009 NETWORK TELEVISION winners are:
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    Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast

     -  CTV News for An Epic Journey

    Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

     -  CTV News Channel for Buffalo Plane Crash
     -  Global National for H1N1 Vaccine Shortage (Honourable Mention)

    Dan McArthur Award - In-depth/Investigative

     -  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for CBC News: The National, Nortel
        Follies
     -  CTV W5 for Trial of a Sex Tourist (Honourable Mention)

    Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature

     -  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for CBC News: The National,
        Zimbabwe Twins

    Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

     -  CTV W5 for Hot on the Trail
     -  CTV W5 for The Liberation Treatment (Honourable Mention)

    Gord Sinclair Award - Special Events

     -  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for CBC News Special: The Obama
        Visit

    Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

     -  Global National for H1N1: The Flu and the Fear
     -  CTV News for Flame Lights Up The Arctic North (Honourable Mention)

    Best Use of New Media Award

     -  BNN - Business News Network for www.bnn.ca

    Hugh Haugland Award - Creative Use of Video

     -  Global Television for A Single Rose

    Trina McQueen Award - News Information Program

     -  CTV W5 for Episode 2 - Beyond Justice?
     -  Global Television for H1N1 (Honourable Mention)

    Adrienne Clarkson Award - Diversity

     -  Global Television for Justin Hines
     -  Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for CBC News: The National, The
        Words of the Elders (Honourable Mention)
    

RTNDA Canada is the voice of electronic journalists in Canada. The members of RTNDA Canada recognize the responsibility of broadcast journalists to promote and to protect the freedom to report independently about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions, opinions and ideas. The RTNDA Canada Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession.

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For further information: For further information: Sherry Denesha, Operations Manager, RTNDA Canada, at (416) 756-2213 or email: sherry@rtndacanada.com

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