CBC scores 15 awards at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards opening night gala

March 9, 2016, Toronto

CBC News Network takes home two awards including Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series for Rosemary Barton and Best News Anchor, National for Ian Hanomansing

CBC Sports’ Andi Petrillo is the first female broadcaster in Canada to be recognized with an award for Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series

CBC took home 15 awards last night at the opening gala for The Academy of Canadian Film & Television’s Canadian Screen Awards. The evening focused on television and digital media in categories including documentary, reality, lifestyle, news, sports and digital media. CBC News won eight awards, including wins for CBC News Network’s Rosemary Barton and Ian Hanomansing, and CBC News and CBC Aboriginal: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. CBC Sports’ Road to the Olympic Games host Andi Petrillo was recognized for her work as a host for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games. CBC was also recognized for Still Standing, The Nature of Things, Balletlujahand Vietnam: Canada’s Shadow War. Additionally, iconic CBC producer Mark Starowicz was presented with the Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism, an award that was previously announced.

“My congratulations go out to all of our nominees and winners from Tuesday’s gala, especially to CBC News on their impressive eight wins,” said Heather Conway, executive vice president, English services, CBC. “Rosie Barton and Ian Hanomansing exemplify CBC News Network’s industry-leading news coverage, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with an historic win by a deserving sports broadcaster like Andi Petrillo. I’m also pleased that our coverage of missing and murdered indigenous women has been recognized by The Academy, as the CBC feels strongly about bringing these stories to all Canadians.“

Barton was honoured with the award for Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series as host of CBC News Network’s Power & Politics. A regular contributor to Power & Politics since 2009, she began hosting the program on an interim basis in July 2015, before being confirmed as the permanent host in January 2016. Barton’s fellow CBC News Network host Ian Hanomansing took home the award for Best News Anchor, National. Vancouver-based Hanomansing has been with CBC since 1986, as a reporter, anchor and interviewer. His win on Tuesday night recognizes his stellar work as the anchor of CBC News Network’s daily prime-time coverage.

Petrillo’s Canadian Screen Award win for Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series category makes her the first female broadcaster to be honoured by the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television with an award (Canadian Screen Award or Gemini Award) as a host in a sports program or series. Petrillo was recognized for her work on CBC's coverage of the Toronto 2015 Pan Am Games as host of Pan Am Afternoon. She currently hosts CBC Sports’ Road to the Olympic Games alongside Scott Russell, and is also set to host Olympic Games Daytime alongside David Amber during CBC/Radio-Canada's coverage of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and was recently named anchor/host of TSN 1050’s Leafs Lunch.

Comedy legend Norm MacDonald will host the live broadcast of the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards on CBC-TV at 8 p.m.(9 AT | 9:30 NT) on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Leading up to the broadcast, Canadians can share their thoughts on the nominees on Twitter @CBC using #CdnScreen16

2016 Canadian Screen Award wins for the CBC on Tuesday, March 8 include:

Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research
the fifth estateThe Mob and Michael Degroote
Nicole Reinert, Alexandra Byers, Greg McArthur, Zach Dubinsky, Chelsea Gomez, Joseph Loiero

Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research
The Nature of Things: Jellyfish Rule!
Gina Cali

Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series
(Corkscrew Media)
Scott Henuset, Heather Edwards, Brent Kawchuk

Best Cross-Platform Project - Non-Fiction
CBC News and CBC Aboriginal: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Connie Walker, William Wolfe-Wylie, Tiar Wilson, Kimberly Ivany, Michael Pereira

Best Factual Program or Series
Still Standing
(Frantic Films)
Jamie Brown, Catherine Legge, Jeff Peeler

Best History Documentary Program or Series
Vietnam: Canada's Shadow War
(Merit Motion Pictures)
Merit Jensen Carr, Andy Blicq

Best Host or Interviewer in a News or Information Program or Series
CBC News Network — Power & Politics
Rosemary Barton

Best News Anchor, Local
CBC News: Vancouver at 6
Andrew Chang

Best News Anchor, National
CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing
Ian Hanomansing

Best News or Information Program
CBC News: Marketplace — Licence to Deceive
Tiffany Foxcroft, Tyana Grundig, Erica Johnson, Morna Scott-Dunne, Bill Arnold

Best Original Music for a Non-Fiction Program or Series
The Nature of Things: The Great Human OdysseyRise of a Species
Darren Fung

Best Photography in a News or Information Program, Series or Segment
CBC News: The NationalLosing Liberia
Jean-Francois Bisson

Best Reportage, National
CBC News: The National — Ebola
Adrienne Arsenault

Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series
The Nature of Things: The Great Human Odyssey
(Clearwater Documentary)
Niobe Thompson

Best Sports Host in a Sports Program or Series
2015 Pan Am Games — Pan Am Afternoon
Andi Petrillo

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