CTV is the best so says the boss

Postby Jack Bennest » Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:13 pm

> From: Tom Walters
> Sent: Friday, June 09, 2006 5:09 PM
> To: Vancouver Staff
> Subject: National Awards for CTV News
>
> Everyone -
>
> It's official. The program we do at Six o'clock every night is the Best
> Newscast in Canada. That's not just our opinion... but the opinion of our
> industry. The Radio-Television News Directors Association national awards
> dinner is underway in St. John's Newfoundland right now... and CTV British
> Columbia has won two of the most prestigious awards in Canadian
> journalism.
>
> For the second time in four years, we have won the National Charlie
> Edwards Award, for Best Breaking News Coverage.
>
> And we have also won what is generally considered the biggest of the RTNDA
> Awards... the National Bert Cannings Award for Best Newscast!
>
> Best. In Canada. Period.
>
> What is so significant about both these awards is that they recognize the
> real heart and soul of what we do. We have committed ourselves to being
> the best at breaking news and to producing the best newscast. These goals
> require the efforts and contributions of the entire team
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Postby johnsykes » Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:10 am

For you newbies, Charlie Edwards was the boss at Broadcast News for many moons, and Bert Cannings was the Warren Barker of news at CFCF Radio/TV in Montreal.
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Postby Jack Bennest » Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:48 am

and for you john sykes...


charlie edwards was the father of BCTV's alyn edwards
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Postby islandkid » Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:56 pm

And for both of you, Bert Cannings was News Director at CKWX (now News 1130)
in the late 1940's and a big chunk of the 50's.

Before he developed a national profile at CFCF.
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Postby Jack Bennest » Sat Jun 10, 2006 2:58 pm

Thanks Island Kid you take the prize for best informed today.
I learned a bit - which is good




Cannings, Bert (1911-1993)
Bert Cannings started writing news for radio in 1936 at CJCJ Calgary (later CKXL and CISS) then owned by the Calgary Albertan. Following service with the RCAF, in 1947, Bert joined the news staff of CKWX Vancouver and was appointed News Director. In 1955, he accepted the News Directorship of CFCF-Radio, Montreal, and became News Director of CFCF-TV in 1961, a position he held with distinction until a short retirement in 1974. Returning to TV, he spent 2 years with CITY-TV in Toronto, followed by a Consulting role with CHCH-TV Hamilton and full retirement in 1986.

During his 55-year career, literally hundreds of broadcasting newsmen benefited from Cannings' direction. He served several terms as President of the Radio and Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). He was the winner of many RTNDA awards for journalistic leadership, and was the recipient of the 60th Anniversary Canadian Broadcasting Award for his contribution to Canadian journalism.

Bert Cannings was inducted to the Canadian Media Hall of Fame in 1986, and in 1994, to the CAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
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