2010 RTNDA Canada Lifetime Achievement Award Winners

TORONTO, Feb. 23 /CNW/ - RTNDA Canada - The Association of Electronic Journalists is pleased to announce that Don Connolly and Jim Furlong will be honoured with 2010 RTNDA Lifetime Achievement Awards in the Atlantic Region. The awards will be presented at the RTNDA Atlantic Regional Awards Banquet in Saint John, NB on May 1, 2010.

Don Connolly is one of the best known and best loved broadcasters in the Maritimes. He's worked on the CBC Halifax morning show, Information Morning for more than 33 years. Before that he worked in radio in Ottawa, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. But it's not just the years of service that make an award winner it's the quality of work and dedication that make the difference. Don loves his job and looks at every day as a fresh challenge. He is able to move with ease from the tough political interviews to the chats with community correspondents.

Jim Furlong worked with VOCM radio before moving to NTV in 1976. He became news director in 1991. As Director of News and Current Affairs, the shape, content and direction of the news at NTV was his responsibility. He put in long hours in the pursuit of news excellence and spearheaded his team to success with awards, with the audience and with organizations such as RTNDA. Jim has done it all as an anchor, reporter and producer. His weekly series "Reflections" has won critical acclaim. One of his many documentaries - an item dealing with the Come by Chance Oil Refinery - was awarded the prestigious Dan McArthur Award. Jim still serves as a news consultant at NTV.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was created in 2002 to recognize individuals who have distinguished themselves through outstanding service and continued excellence during the course of their career in broadcast journalism.

RTNDA Canada is the voice of electronic journalists and news managers 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.


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

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