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CBC Calgary takes home 5 national RTDNA awards

CBC Calgary won five national Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Canada awards on Saturday. 

The public broadcaster collected a total of 45 awards for both national and local journalism excellence.

RTDNA Canada is the voice of broadcast and digital journalists and news managers in Canada, and the awards honour the best journalists, programs, stations and newsgathering organizations in radio, television and digital media.

RTDNA regional winners were announced in June.

Helen Henderson, the senior director of journalism and programming for CBC Calgary and Southern Alberta, said she was incredibly proud the CBC Calgary team.

“This is a record win for us. Five national awards that celebrate our work in digital, audio and visual storytelling. From inner-city Calgary to small town Altario, from Indigenous sports to art created by a man struck by lightning, from social inequality measured by tree canopies to a community-driven deep dive into transit safety … we’ve celebrated and explored the people, and issues that are central to life in Southern Alberta,” Henderson said.

“That’s what public broadcasting is meant to do.”

Here is a list of the CBC Calgary national award winners:


  • Audio-Visual Storytelling (Large market): CBC Calgary for its story on the First Nations horse relay. (Video journalist David Mercer)

Those who compete in horse relay call it the original extreme sport, ‘organized chaos’

1 year ago

Duration 2:48

Featured VideoBig Tobacco Relay is a new family-based team formed by racing veterans from the Siksika Nation.


  • Excellence in Editing (Large market): CBC Calgary for Allison Dempster’s Calgary Eyeopener feature Struck — about a man who gets hit by lightning and lives to write a play about it.



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