CBC Edmonton has won four national broadcast awards from the RTDNA, the organization that represents broadcast journalists in Canada.
The awards were presented Saturday night at a gala in Toronto.
“These awards for CBC Edmonton recognize our strength, from hard hitting and fearless investigative journalism to good, old fashioned character-based storytelling,” managing editor Gary Cunliffe said.
“They recognize the work of seasoned veterans and those who have only been at it for a couple of years,” he continued. “It is a privilege to be associated with them.”
Senior TV producer Paul Moore won the Dave Rogers Award for his short radio feature, “Whale of a Christmas.” The humorous tale recounted Moore’s attempt to feed his small- town Alberta family raw, frozen narwhal meat from Iqaluit.
“Grounded,” a radio documentary produced by former CBC reporter Steve Finkelman, received the corresponding Dave Rogers Award in the long feature category. It detailed the rise of Pacific Western Airlines from a small flying service to one of the largest airlines in the country.
CBC Edmonton received the Dan McArthur Awards for in-depth/investigative reporting in both the radio and TV categories.
Reporter Marion Warnica and producer Gillian Rutherford won for their radio documentary, “What Happened to Betty Anne Gagnon?” The piece chronicled the horrific, prolonged abuse inflicted on a developmentally delayed woman by her sister and brother-in-law, in the months leading up to the woman’s death.
The newsroom’s investigative unit, comprised of reporters Charles Rusnell and Jennie Russell, received the TV award for “Imported Politics.”
Their documentary revealed how close associates of Conservative MLA Peter Sandhu orchestrated a scheme to smear the reputation of a local journalist who dared report on Sandhu’s scandals. The project previously won two international Edward R. Murrow Awards for investigative reporting from the RTDNA.
The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards are the most prestigious broadcast awards for journalists working in the industry in Canada. Last year, CBC Edmonton won five national RTDNA awards.