Record number of entries for CAB awards


Ottawa, – The appeal of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' Gold Ribbon Awards, celebrating excellence in Canadian broadcasting, continued to grow this year as a record number of entries was received from Canada's private broadcasters. The awards, which will be presented at Broadcasting 2002, the Canadian Association of Broadcasters' (CAB) 76th Annual Convention to be held in Vancouver October 20-22nd, honour achievement in such categories as community service, breaking news, magazine programming, humour, public affairs, promotion of Canadian talent, and many others.

A total of 390 entries were received in 2002, up from 342 last year. This new record is due to the impressive increases in the number of applications received from CAB members in both the radio and specialty & pay television sectors.

After reviewing the 390 entries, the judges settled on 111 nominations in 32 award categories. Many broadcasters are multiple nominees this year, including CKZZ-FM, Richmond, CISS-FM, Toronto and CHUM-FM, Toronto in radio categories; CFTM-TV, Montréal and CHBC-TV, Kelowna, in television; and Discovery Channel, Toronto and Canal Vie, Montréal, in the specialty & pay services category.

Entries in the Breaking News category focus primarily on the Summit of the Americas, held last year in Quebec City, and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. Finalists in other categories submitted entries that underline the vital role broadcasters play in highlighting local concerns, providing a forum for debates on current affairs, promoting local artists and raising money for community charities.

Judges praised the outstanding quality and the high production values of the entries they considered. They were also very impressed by the originality of the products, the professionalism of Canadian broadcasters and, most notably, the deeply rooted commitment to community service. In the words of one judge, "looking at entries from coast to coast makes you realize how much broadcasters give back."

Winners will be announced throughout the day on October 22 during Broadcasting 2002: Leadership Through Public Service, the CAB's Annual Convention, to be held at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. Promotion Awards will be presented at the breakfast, Programming Awards during the luncheon, while Local Community Service and Information Programming Awards will be presented during the Gold Ribbon Gala, in evening.

Gold Ribbon Awards will also be awarded to individuals for Broadcast Excellence, and for Outstanding Community Service.

'Television/Specialty' judges:
Jay Witherbee (Judging Panel Chair), ATV/ASN, Bell Globemedia Inc.
Bill Hunt, Prime TV, Global Television Network
Odile Méthot, Fonds Harold Greenberg, Les Chaînes Télé-Astral
David O'Brien, Alliance Atlantis Broadcasting Inc.
Dave Somerton, CFJC-TV, The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group
Xavier Trudel, TQS inc.
Jean-Pierre Laurendeau, JPL Productions inc. / Groupe TVA inc.

'Radio' judges:
Allan Lie, (Judging Panel Chair), CHSM, Golden West Broadcasting Ltd.
François Bordeleau, CIGB-FM, Astral Radio inc.
Jay Calnan, NewCap Inc.
Mike Dwyer, CHFI-FM / CFTR, Rogers Broadcasting
Stéphane Fillion, CFIX-FM, Télémédia Radio inc.
Natasha Gargiulo, CJFM-FM, Standard Broadcasting
Ian Koenigsfest, CKNW, Corus Entertainment Inc.
Jay Lawrence, CKKL-FM, CHUM Limited
Kurt Leavins, CKOM, Rawlco Inc.

'Humour – French' judges:
Geoffrey O. Brown / Steve Hayes, CJMF-FM, Cogéco Diffusion inc.
Pierre Dumont, Zéro musique
Daniel Pronce, CKYK-FM, Groupe Radio Antenne 6

'Humour-English' judge:
Howard Wagman, Yuk Yuk's Komedy Kabaret

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