CBC Radio scores 13 awards at 2012 New York Festivals International Radio Awards®

Last night, CBC Radio One's Age of Persuasion won the Grand Prize Award, while Q host Jian Ghomeshi won the Gold Award for best talk show host at the 2012 New York Festivals International Radio Awards® in New York City.

Overall, CBC Radio programs won more than a dozen awards, and eight CBC-produced shows took home trophies, with Age of Persuasion, The Current and The Sunday Edition ending the night as multiple winners. This was also the first time The Debaters, Spark and The Next Chapter have been recognized by the New York Festivals.

Terry O'Reilly's Age of Persuasion, which explores the countless ways in which advertising and marketers permeate our lives, won four awards including the Grand Prize Award for a second straight year, in addition to Gold, Silver and Finalist Awards for individual episodes.

Jian Ghomeshi won the Gold Award for his work hosting Q, CBC Radio One's daily arts, culture and entertainment magazine.

And Tapestry, CBC Radio One's exploration of faith and spirituality, hosted by Mary Hynes, won a Gold Award for Best Information/Documentary program (Religious Programs).

The New York Festivals also teams with the United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) to honour programming that best exemplifies the aims and ideals of the United Nations. This year, The Sunday Edition won a Silver Award, and The Current won a Bronze Award.

"We know how good our programs are," said Chris Boyce, CBC's executive director of Radio & Audio, "but it's gratifying when CBC Radio is recognized as having some of the best radio shows in the world. This latest series of honours at the New York Festivals is further evidence of the quality and strength of the radio programming CBC brings Canadians every single day."


The complete list of CBC Radio medal winners is as follows:

Grand Award

Age of Persuasion - "The Happy Homemaker" - Business/Consumer Issues


Gold Awards

Q with Jian Ghomeshi - "Kinky Friedman and Coldplay" - Best Talk Show Host

Tapestry - "Atheist Pastors" - Best Information/Documentary (Religious Programs)


Silver Awards

Canada Reads 2011 - Best Special Event

The Current - "Remy's Wake" - Best News Documentary or Special

Inside The Music - "She Moves Between Worlds" - Best Information/Documentary (Culture & The Arts)

Age of Persuasion - "Luxury Advertising" - Best Writing

The Sunday Edition - "A Cruel Coincidence" - Best Information/Documentary Program (Health/Medical)

The Sunday Edition - "The Gristle in the Stew" - Best Information/Documentary Program (Heroes) *United Nations award winner


Bronze Awards

The Debaters - "Weddings Are A Waste" - Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program

The Sunday Edition - "Unfinished Business" - Best Information/Documentary Program (National/International Affairs)

Dispatches  - "The Reunion of Rosa and Antonio" - Best Human Interest Story (News Reports/Features)

The Next Chapter - "North Words" - Culture and the Arts (Information/Documentary)



The Current - "Motherhood Interrupted" - Best Information/Documentary Program
*United Nations award winner

Spark - "Solar Gadgets" - Best Information/Documentary Program (Magazine Format)

Age of Persuasion - "Ageism in Advertising" - Business/Consumer Issues


About CBC/Radio-Canada

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages, plus seven languages for international audiences. In 2011, CBC/Radio-Canada celebrated 75 years of serving Canadians and being at the centre of the democratic, social and cultural life of Canada. 



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