CBC Wins Big at the Inaugural Canadian Screen Awards With 35 Wins Across Several Categories

CBC’s stars from both in front of and behind the camera were shining bright at the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards where the network took home 35 of the prestigious trophies. In total, CBC programs, talent and crew were nominated 126 times in categories across the board.


“Canadian entertainment history was made Sunday with the first ever Canadian Screen Awards and CBC gave Canadians a front row seat to the best of the best from Canada’s entertainment industry,” said Kirstine Stewart, Executive Vice-President, English Services, CBC. “In total, CBC garnered 126 nominations and captured 35 Canadian Screen Awards and we could not be more proud of those recognized by the Academy, as well as the talented team that put the show to air.”


CBC’s broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. NT) garnered an average national audience of 756,000 viewers, with 2.9 million Canadians tuning in for at least some part of the broadcast. This year’s average audience represents a 76 per cent increase over last year’s Gemini Awards and a 100 per cent increase over last year’s Genie Awards.


CBC’s broadcast of the Canadian Screen Awards featured several wins for the network’s shows and personalities. DRAGONS’ DEN took home the award for Best Reality/Competition Program or Series, while George Stroumboulopoulos was named Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, Performing Arts or Talk Program or Series for GEORGE STROUMBOULOPOULOS TONIGHT. CBC NEWS THE NATIONAL’s Peter Mansbridge was named Best News Anchor; MR. D’s Gerry Dee was honoured with the award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Continuing Leading Comedic Role; Amber Marshall of HEARTLAND was presented with the Canada’s Screen Star award as the fan’s choice; and CBC Saskatchewan’s BLIND SPOT: WHAT HAPPENED TO CANADA’S ABORIGINAL FATHERS? took home the Canada Award for programming that reflects the racial and cultural diversity of Canada. For a complete list of winners, visit CBCNews.ca.

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About CBC’s New In-House Publicity Team

CBC’s new team of in-house publicists are delivering a comprehensive publicity service for all CBC programming and events. For a complete list of publicity contacts and for more information including series synopses, press releases, hi-res images, video clips and bios, please visit the new CBC Media Centre at cbc.ca/mediacentre

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CBC and Radio-Canada have exclusive coverage of the Arctic hunt for the final resting place of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition

Series of news reports and features follow the search on CBC-TV, CBC News Network, CBC Radio One, CBCNews.ca, the CBC News App and Radio-Canada; plus, Peter Mansbridge travels to the Arctic and presents his reports on The National, Sept. 10 and 11

Could we be on the cusp of discovering the final resting place of one of the most mysterious–and most tragic–naval expeditions in Canadian history?

Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced today a three-year project to discover the possible locations of Sir John Franklin’s ships, HMS Erebus and HMS Terror, in the high Arctic. Led by Parks Canada, expedition archaeologists hope to close in on the remains of the two ships that set out in 1845 to traverse the Northwest Passage–only to disappear. CBC News and Radio-Canada have exclusive access as searchers use the latest underwater sonar and remote operated submersibles. The discovery of either or both wrecks or their contents will offer unprecedented information on the search for the Northwest Passage, the exploration of Canada’s North and the fate of Sir John Franklin and his crew.

In partnership with Parks Canada, CBC News and Radio-Canada offer Canadians in-depth features and exclusive coverage of the search–from an unparalleled perspective–on CBC Television, CBC News Network, CBC Radio One, CBCNews.ca and the CBC News App. Plus, chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge travels to the Arctic in early September and presents his exclusive reports on The National, Sept. 10 and 11.

Starting today, Aug. 23, CBC News’s David Common is with the expedition and reports live from the Canadian Coast Guard vessel Sir Wilfrid Laurier.

CBC News’s Reg Sherren is behind the scenes with Parks Canada’s underwater archaeology team as they prepare for the project. That story airs tonight on CBC Radio One’s World at Six, at 6 p.m. (6:30 NT), and The National, 10 p.m. (10:30 NT) on CBC-TV, 9 and 11 p.m. ET/PT on CBC News Network.

And CBCNews.ca launches a comprehensive website–CBCNews.ca/franklin. Highlights include interactive maps of Franklin’s ill-fated journey, videos from inside Park Canada’s research labs, photos of the new technologies used in the search, and all the latest breaking news. Plus, get analysis on Arctic politics and sovereignty battles, the growth of tourism and business in the North, and key research being conducted in the Arctic. There’s also a special online video introduction narrated by Peter Mansbridge, looking at the history of the expedition and its historical significance.

As the search continues, CBC News’s Margo McDiarmid explains why hopes are high for the expedition, and how the waters would preserve things well. And CBC News’s Curt Petrovic looks at some of the technical devices being used, including a sophisticated autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), supplied by the University of Victoria’s Ocean Technology Laboratory.

In addition, stories and reports from the CBC North news team will also appear regularly during the expedition, including a look at the astronomical cost of living in Northern Canadian communities and tourism in the region.

Then in early September, Peter Mansbridge travels to the Arctic to dig deeper into the story of the Franklin Expedition. Some of the stories he’ll look at include why fascination with the Franklin story persists, the story of the search, and the role of the Inuit in the Franklin story. Those exclusive reports air on The National, Sept. 10 and 11.

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CBC has live coverage of Team Canada’s games from FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Japan 2012, beginning August 20

Live coverage is available on CBC-TV and at cbcsports.ca as Canada takes on the world

Sixteen under-20 women’s national teams are heading to Japan this month to stake their claim as the world’s best, and CBC has Canada covered with live broadcasts of all Team Canada games starting with the national team’s group play. Live coverage is available on CBC-TV and streaming live at cbcsports.ca.

CBC’s live coverage of Canada’s group play includes all three matches against their Group C opponents:

  • ·Monday, August 20 at 5:45 a.m. ET Canada vs. Argentina
  • ·Thursday, August 23 at 5:45 a.m. ET Canada vs. Norway
  • ·Monday, August 27 at 5:45 a.m. ET Canada vs. Korea DPR

Andi Petrillo (@andipHNIC) hosts CBC’s coverage from the studio alongside analysts Nigel Reed (@Nigel_Reed) and former Canadian women’s national team member, Clare Rustad.

In addition to live streaming of each of team Canada’s matches on cbcsports.ca, Canadian fans can join the online conversation through Facebook and Twitter. Viewers can interact at facebook.com/cbcsports and by following @cbcsports and using the hashtag #CanU20FIFA.

All team Canada matches will be seen live on CBC-TV which concludes its FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup coverage with the Championship match on Saturday, September 8, 2012 . Check cbcsports.ca for up-to-date broadcast details.

This year marks Canada’s fifth participation at the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup. The next FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup will take place in Canada in 2014.

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 five 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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CBC has exclusive weekend coverage of the Men`s and Women`s Rogers Cup, August 11-13

Coverage across CBC-TV, bold and cbcsports.ca includes exclusive coverage of women’s quarter-finals, semifinals and final as well as men’s semifinals and final.

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CBC is serving up a double dose of world-class tennis action with coverage of both the men’s and women’s events from the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, the first big test for the ATP and WTA’s top players since London. Canada’s national broadcaster has every angle covered with live broadcasts available exclusively on CBC-TV, bold and cbcsports.ca beginning Saturday, August 11 at 11:30 a.m. ET with the women’s quarter-finals and men’s semifinals (see below for full broadcast schedule).

This year’s men’s and women’s events from the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank – the only Canadian tour stops on the calendar – take place concurrently, with the top male players in the world squaring off at Toronto’s Rexall Centre at York University, while the world’s best female players do battle at Montreal’s Uniprix Stadium. Included in this year’s fields are world no.1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus as well as Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, Maria Sharapova of Russia, Samantha Stosur of Australia, and Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. Three Canadians are in the main draw with Aleksandra Wosniak, Stéphanie Dubois and Eugenie Bouchard. In the men’s draw, the top contenders from London come to town including Andy Murray, Juan Martin Del Potro and Novak Djokovic. Rising star Milos Raonic, alongside fellow Canadians Vasek Pospisil and Frank Dancevic, will all be in action in Toronto.

This year’s Rogers Cup presented by National Bank broadcasts feature more action-packed coverage than ever before over a single weekend, including both the men’s and women’s champions being crowned only on CBC.

Elliotte Freidman (@friedgeHNIC) hosts the complete weekend of coverage from the men’s event in Toronto along with studio analysts Justin Gimelstob (@justingimelstob) and guest Tom Tebbutt (@tomtebbutt). Play-by-play for the men’s event is provided by Bruce Rainnie who is joined in the booth by analyst Jimmy Arias with David Amber (@DavidAmber) reporting from courtside. The women’s event from Montreal is anchored by Brenda Irving (@sportswkndbrend) while Scott Oake (@ScottOake) handles the play-by-play alongside analyst Tracy Austin (@thetracyaustin).

Tennis fans have more ways than ever to enjoy all the tennis action through live streaming of the matches, enabled for computer, iPad and iPhone users, as well as staying up-to-date with the latest news, live scores, and video on demand highlights from both the men’s and women’s events at cbcsports.ca. Viewers can join the conversation on Twitter by following @cbcsports and using hashtag #rogerscup and by visiting the CBC Sports Facebook page at facebook.com/cbcsports.

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 five 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.

Simon Bassett
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Veritas Communications, Toronto
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ROGERS CUP PRESENTED BY NATIONAL BANK
LIVE CBC BROADCAST SCHEDULE

CBC-TV, bold and cbcsports.ca

Saturday, August 11

11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET
Women’s Quarter-Finals #1 & #2

6:30 p.m. – 11 p.m. ET
Men’s Semifinal #1
Women’s Quarter-Finals #3 & #4
Men’s Semifinal #2

Sunday, August 12

1 p.m. – 4 p.m. ET
Women’s Semifinal #1

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. ET
Women’s Semifinal #2

7 p.m. – 10 p.m. ET
Men’s Final

Monday, August 13

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. ET
Women’s Final

CBC announces streamlining of comedy and drama departments into new division

Sally Catto, CBC’s recently appointed Executive Director, Commissioned and Scripted programming, announced today CBC English Services will merge its Drama and Comedy departments into a single division to be called Scripted Prime Time. This change is effective immediately and reflects CBC’s new financial reality in light of the recent budget cuts; CBC’s Commissioned and Scripted department will lose three positions.

Jenny Hacker, formerly Creative Head of Comedy, is appointed Senior Director, Scripted Prime Time, reporting to Catto.

“Jenny’s creative instincts are exceptional and given her proven track record and ability to think strategically, she is an ideal choice to lead our new division going forward,” said Catto.

“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead such a talented team within Scripted Prime Time. We’re committed to partnering with Canada’s creative community to deliver the most entertaining and engaging scripted content that Canada has to offer,” added Hacker.

The reorganization will focus the department’s resources on content creation and ensure a streamlined, cost efficient business model is in place. Consistent with this new direction, production executives will now be responsible for development and production in both Drama and Comedy.

Today’s announcement will, unfortunately, also see the departure of CBC’s Creative Head of Drama, Tom Hastings. “Tom has made significant contributions to CBC’s drama department and will undoubtedly continue to have a significant impact on the Canadian television industry going forward; he will be missed at CBC,” noted Catto.

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 five 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.

For further information, contact:
Chuck Thompson, Head of Media Relations
P) 416-205-3747
C) 416-509-3315
[email protected]

New CBC Kitchener-Waterloo Broadcast Center to Be Located 117 King Street West

CBC News today announced that its new Kitchener-Waterloo broadcast centre will be located at 117 King Street West in Kitchener, ON. Starting this winter, CBC will provide residents of Waterloo Region with new local radio and digital news services.

The King Street West location for the new broadcast centre places it in the heart of Kitchener-Waterloo’s commercial core, close to key city areas including, Kitchener City Hall.

“We are delighted to bring CBC to the Waterloo Region this winter”, says Susan Marjetti, Managing Director of CBC for the Ontario Region. “With this new location, we’re continuing to demonstrate our commitment to Canadians and our communities. Our team will be in the middle of all the action, covering the Kitchener, Waterloo, and Cambridge area.”

The new CBC Kitchener-Waterloo service will have strong local news, compelling radio current affairs, and a vibrant digital offering beginning this winter.

“I welcome the CBC’s presence in the Waterloo Region, bringing expanded services to local residents,” said Peter Braid, Member of Parliament for Kitchener-Waterloo. “This new station will also increase the profile of our community on the national stage, recognizing our growing importance as a centre of innovation and entrepreneurialism.”

The new service expansion is part of CBC’s Everyone, Every Way strategic plan to better connect more than six million Canadians over the next four years, in areas which have been identified as underserviced. This spring, CBC launched a new digital service in Hamilton, and other new service plans have been unveiled for Kelowna, Kamloops, Victoria, Edmonton, Halifax, St. John’s, Londonand Ottawa.

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 five 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.

For more information, please contact:
Melissa Prince, Veritas Communications
P) 416.482.2669
C) 416.704.8733
[email protected]