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CBC News Wins Big at COPA Awards | Recognized for Innovation and Excellence in Digital Journalism

CBC News won six Gold designation awards last night at the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPA). More than any other news organization in Canada, CBC was recognized for its innovative approach to digital journalism, and pushing the boundaries in excellence for a 21st century public broadcaster.

A powerful team led by Jennifer McGuire, CBCNews.ca won best overall online-only publication website and the CBC News app was chosen as both best smartphone app and best tablet edition. CBC currently ranks eighth among all brands accessed on mobile devices and is the top ranking broadcast brand. To date, there have been more than one million downloads of the CBC News app. CBC's online offering overall reaches more unique visitors than any broadcast competitors - with 34 per cent greater reach than CTV in September 2012.**

Kirstine Stewart, executive vice-president, English Services, commented after the awards, "CBC News and our digital teams have a lot to be proud of, by winning these awards and for their excellent efforts in providing Canadians with such great coverage. CBC News has long been known and recognized for our excellence in coverage and content. Now we're also being named top in our field for delivering what Canadians demand, and when they demand it. This shows we understand our mandate to provide Canadians the best in news, in the different ways they get their news. This is serving our public."

The innovative new digital service, CBC Hamilton, won Gold for best mobile-optimized website. The responsive design adapts to any digital device - desktop, smartphone or tablet - and it illustrates the importance of CBC's digital service as part of our commitment to expanding local services to communities across Canada and changing the way Canadians connect with their community and with each other.

Jennifer McGuire, general manager and editor in chief, CBC News and Centres, remarked, "At a time when our competition has decided to block their sites to free access, I am so proud that we are constantly pushing innovation and excellence in digital journalism for all Canadians as is our role as Canada's public broadcaster. It could not happen without the dedication and talents of our team."

CBC's COPA Awards:
• Best overall online-only publication website - CBCNews.ca
• Best news coverage - CBC News: NDP 2012 Leadership Convention Live
• Best cross-platform initiative - CBC News: Kidnapped: The Search for Graham McMynn
• Best smartphone app - CBC News app
• Best mobile-optimized web site - CBC Hamilton
• Best tablet edition - CBC News App
* The CBC News App is now available for iOS, Android and Blackberry. CBC News is also available on Google Currents.

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** Source: Online data from comScore Media Metrix, September 2012, Total Canada. Mobile data from comScore MobiLens, June 2012.

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