CTV News Properties Receive Top Honours at RTDNA Awards

- CTV News receives nine National awards, 24 Regional honours, and three special recognitions from industry peers -

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TORONTO, June 15, 2013 /CNW/ - From a gala event in Toronto this evening, CTV News properties were honoured at the annual RTDNA national conference of Canada's electronic journalists and news managers. CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME was once again presented with the distinguished Bert Cannings Award for Best Network Newscast. In total, CTV News received nine awards this evening, bringing the tally of National and Regional RTDNA Awards to 33 for the organization this year.

In addition, CTV News journalists were recognized for individual work at last night's RTDNA President's Gala. Vancouver Island's Hudson Mack was presented with RTDNA's highest honour - the President's Award - highlighting his contributions to electronic journalism. CTV Atlantic News Director Andy LeBlanc was honoured with the Distinguished Service Award in appreciation of his outstanding contributions to RTDNA Canada and electronic journalism. And CTV Atlantic reporter and weekend anchor Kayla Hounsell is the recipient of the 2013 RTDNA Canada President's Fellowship, selected for her work experience, volunteer commitments, and passion for continued growth.

"It is once again an honour for CTV News to be recognized by the RTDNA for our commitment to journalistic excellence across the country," said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. "Congratulations to all our journalists for receiving this much-deserved recognition for delivering the highest quality news."

CTV News' highlights from this evening's Gala also include the Gord Sinclair Live Special Events win for CTV News Channel's coverage of the NDP Leadership Convention; the Digital Media Award win by CTVNews.ca for its U.S. Election coverage; and W5's Diversity award recognizing its feature report following the inspiring journey of double amputee Spencer West as he climbed Mount Kilimanjaro.

Earlier this week, CTV Vancouver Island was named a recipient of this year's National Edward R. Murrow Award - Investigative Reporting (Small Market Television) for work on the "Wharfside Eatery" investigation. Presented by the American arm of the RTDNA, CTV Vancouver Island was one of only two Canadian outlets recognized this year. A complete summary of CTV News' 2012 RTDNA Canada awards, including the awards given out this evening, is below:

National and Network Awards (Awarded June 15, 2013, Toronto)

Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast

  • CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME (Network Television)
  • CTV Regina for CTV REGINA NEWS AT SIX (National Television, Medium Market)
  • CTV Lethbridge for CTV LETHBRIDGE 5 PM NEWS (National Television, Small Market)

Adrienne Clarkson Award - Diversity

  • W5 for "Reach For The Top" (Network Television)

Gord Sinclair - Live Special Events

  • CTV News Channel for "NDP Leadership Convention" (Network Television)

Digital Media Award

  • CTVNews.ca for "U.S. Election" (Network Television)

Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

  • CTV British Columbia for "Crude Awakening" (National Television, Large Market)

Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

  • CTV Toronto for "Wallenda's Walk Over the Falls" (National Television)

Hugh Haugland Award - Creative Use of Video

  • CTV British Columbia for "The Butcher" (National Television)

Regional Awards: British Columbia (Awarded April 6, 2013, Burnaby, BC)

Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast

  • CTV British Columbia for CTV NEWS AT SIX (Large Market)
  • CTV Vancouver Island for CTV NEWS AT FIVE (Medium Market)

Dan McArthur Award - In-Depth/Investigative

  • CTV British Columbia for "Shark Fin Soup"

Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature

  • CTV Vancouver Island for "BBQ Chip Bandits" (Small/Medium Market)

Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

  • CTV British Columbia for "First Story - Crude Awakening" (Large Market)
  • CTV Vancouver Island for "David Foster Foundation: Organ Donor Awareness" (Small/Medium Market)

Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

  • CTV British Columbia for "Faulty Washers"

Hugh Haugland Award - Creative Use of Video

  • CTV British Columbia for "The Butcher"

Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

  • CTV British Columbia for "Peachland Wildfire"

Sports Award

  • CTV British Columbia for "Senior Power" (Large Market)

Trina McQueen Award - News Information Program

  • CTV British Columbia for "First Story - Broken Homes"

Regional Awards: Prairie Region (Awarded April 6, 2013, Winnipeg)

Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast

  • CTV Regina for CTV NEWS AT SIX (Medium Market)
  • CTV Lethbridge for CTV LETHBRIDGE 5PM NEWS, September 19, 2012 (Small Market)

Dave Rogers Award - Long Feature

  • CTV Edmonton for "Heroes of Slave Lake" (Large Market)

Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

  • CTV Winnipeg for "Fire and Ice - Saving Vita"

Hugh Haugland Award - Creative Use of Video

  • CTV Calgary for "Stampede Buckle"

Sports Award

  • CTV Lethbridge for "Shooting For A Career, Terrence Blake Story" (Small/Medium Market)

Regional Awards: Atlantic Region (Awarded April 13, 2013, Dartmouth, NS)

Adrienne Clarkson Award - Diversity

  • CTV Atlantic for "Hundred" - CTV NEWS LIVE AT 5

Regional Awards: Central Canada (Awarded April 20, 2013, Toronto)

Bert Cannings Award - Best Newscast

  • CTV  Barrie for CTV NEWS AT 6 (Medium Market)

Charlie Edwards Award - Spot News

  • CTV Kitchener for "Hampstead"

Dave Rogers Award - Short Feature

  • CTV Montreal for "Ghost Hunters" (Large Market)
  • CTV Kitchener for "Lydia Comes Home" (Small/Medium Market)

Ron Laidlaw Award - Continuing Coverage

  • CTV News Toronto for "Wallenda's Walk Over the Falls"

Hugh Haugland Award - Creative Use of Video

  • CTV Ottawa for "Commuter Challenge"

About RTDNA
RTDNA Canada is the voice of electronic journalists and news managers in Canada. The members of RTDNA Canada recognize the responsibility of electronic 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 RTDNA Canada Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in the profession.

About CTV News
CTV News is Canada's most-watched news organization both locally and nationally and has a network of national, international and local news operations. CTV News operations include CTV NEWS CHANNEL, BNN - Business News Network, CP24 and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO, CANADA AM, W5, POWER PLAY and QUESTION PERIOD. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the #1 news organization in Canada.

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For further information:

Patricia Garcia, Bell Media, 416.384.2645 or patricia.garcia@bellmedia.ca
Renee Dupuis, Bell Media, 416.384.3154 or renee.dupuis@bellmedia.ca


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