CBC brings home 12 Canadian Screen Awards on night one; CBC Music presents: The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions wins Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media (Non-Fiction)

CBC received 12 awards tonight at the first of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television's Canadian Screen Awards galas. CBC News won big this evening, earning five awards across national and local programming. THE NATIONAL, CBC's flagship nightly news program anchored by chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, won two awards for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing and the Syrian conflict. CBC News' the fifth estate, Canada's premier documentary investigative program, picked up another two awards.

CBC Television is one of the few Canadian networks dedicated to creating original documentary programming that informs and enlightens Canadians, and explores the issues of our time. As such, CBC's flagship documentary series DOC ZONE picked up three awards for Syria: Behind Enemy Lines and The War of 1812: Been There, Won That, while documentary Channel's I am Not a Rock Star  scored an additional two awards.

CBC Television's quality programming and remarkable talent is evident from their 11 wins tonight. CBC also earned a Digital Media award for CBC Music's The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions. CBC programs, talent and crew were all nominated in categories across the board for Canada's most prestigious television, film and digital awards.

2014 Canadian Screen Award wins awarded to CBC on Tuesday, March 4 include:

Best Reportage, National
CBC News: The National - Syrian Conflict
Sasa Petricic

Best Reportage, Local
CBC News: Here & Now
David Cochrane, Paul Pickett

Best News Special
CBC News: The National - Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect Captured
Caroline Harvey, Derek Desouza, Mark Harrison, Mary Mather, Peter Mansbridge

Best News Information Series
CBC News: the fifth estate
Jim Williamson, Marie Caloz

Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research
CBC News: the fifth estate - Rate my Hospital
Amber Hildebrandt, Anita Elash, Kimberly Ivany, Romilla Karnick, Sangeeta Patel, Sina Zapfe

Best News Information Program
Syria: Behind Rebel Lines
Lynne Chichakian, Rania Abouzeid, Sylvène Gilchrist

Best Host or Interviewer in a News Information Program or Series
The War of 1812: Been There, Won That
Peter Keleghan

Best Writing in a Documentary Program or Series
The War of 1812: Been There, Won That
Susan Teskey

Best Performing Arts or Arts Documentary Program
documentary Channel 
(Adobe Productions International)
Bobbi Jo Hart, Robbie Hart

Best Picture Editing in a Documentary Program or Series
documentary Channel
Howard Goldberg

Best Original Program or Series produced for Digital Media 
- Non-Fiction
CBC Music Presents: The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions
(CBC Television)
Brent Hodge, Bryan Ward, Grant Lawrence, Kai Black, Talia Schlanger

Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer
HNIC: Stanley Cup Final - Game 4 - Chicago/Boston 
Jim Hughson

Find the awards online at:
@academy_net / #CDNScreen14

About CBC/Radio-Canada 
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About the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television is a national, non-profit, professional association dedicated to the promotion, recognition and celebration of exceptional achievements in Canadian film, television and digital media. Unifying industry professionals across Canada, the Academy is a vital force representing all screen-based industries.

About the Canadian Screen Awards and Canadian Screen Week
The Academy's Canadian Screen Awards is the annual awards show to celebrate the best in film, television and digital media. They are part of CanadianScreen Week (March 3-9, 2014) and the two-hour Live Broadcast Gala will air Sunday, March 9, 2014 at 8 p.m. on CBC.