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RTNDA tabs Tony Burman for its president's award

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2004-02-04
TORONTO - The Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada today announced that Tony Burman, the CBC's top news honcho, is the is the recipient of the 2004 RTNDA Canada President's Award.

Burman's full title is editor in chief, news and current affairs for CBC Radio and CBC Television, and executive director, CBC TV News, current affairs and CBC Newsworld.

The President's Award is presented annually to honour individuals, stations, companies or groups who have brought distinction to, or have made major contributions to, broadcast journalism. The recipient can come from within or outside the ranks of the field. The award recognizes a contribution in such areas as technical innovation, personal or station excellence in news programming, or long distinguished service to the broadcast news industry.

"As one of Canada's most experienced radio and television journalists, Tony is more than deserving of this award," said RTNDA president Terry Scott. "He has blazed a journalistic trail that has clearly benefited Canadians in the way they learn about their world."

Burman has held a variety of senior programming and management roles at the CBC over the past 30 years, and produced many award-winning news and documentary programs for both CBC Television and CBC Radio. Prior to his appointment as executive director of CBC Television in February 2000, Burman was head of CBC's all-news network, CBC Newsworld for two years - renewing the program schedule and refocusing the network on its news roots.

Among his many accomplishments, Burman initiated and oversaw the redesign of the CBC newshour, its return to the 10 o'clock time period, and its successful transition to the signature name The National. He was a senior documentary producer, the European bureau producer for CBC Television News and executive producer of The National.

Before joining the CBC in 1971, Burman was a freelance contributor to various Canadian magazines and worked as a full-time reporter with The Montreal Star. He was educated at Loyola College in Montreal.

Tony Burman will receive the 2004 RTNDA President's Award at the RTNDA National Convention in Saskatoon on June 12.

RTNDA Canada is the voice for electronic journalists and news managers in Canada. The members of RTNDA Canada recognize the responsibility of broadcast journalists to promote and to protect the freedom to report independently about matters of public interest and to present a wide range of expressions, opinions and ideas. The RTNDA Canada Code of Ethics, adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council, is used to measure fairness and accuracy in our profession.

For more information, contact RTNDA Canada at (416) 756-2213 or rtnda@taylorenterprises.com.

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