Canadian Broadcast Standards Council to receive "Bill Hutton Award of Excellence" from RTNDA Canada

Mar 9, 2010

TORONTO, March 9 /CNW/ - RTNDA Canada - The Association of Electronic Journalists is pleased to announce that the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council will receive the 2010 "Bill Hutton Award of Excellence."

Formerly known as the "Friend of RTNDA Canada Award" the award was renamed in 2009 to honour the late Bill Hutton, RTNDA Canada's first president. The award is given to individuals or organizations, which have shown a true commitment to RTNDA and the betterment of broadcast journalism in Canada.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is responsible for ensuring broadcasters live up to the high journalistic standards of the RTNDA Code of Ethics.

"Our members may not always agree with the rulings handed down by the CBSC," says RTNDA Canada President Cal Johnstone. "But everyone recognizes the important role the organization plays. RTNDA is proud to work hand in hand with the CBSC to ensure fairness and accuracy in Canadian broadcast journalism."

The "Bill Hutton Award of Excellence" will be presented at the association's national conference June 17-19, 2010 in Edmonton.

Previous recipients of the award include The Canadian Press, CNN Newsource Sales, CNW Group, WIC, VOCM Radio, Golden West Radio, Broadcast Dialogue magazine, CTV, Taylor Enterprises, media lawyer Dan Burnett and the U.S. RTDNA.

RTNDA Canada is the voice of 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.

For further information: Sherry Denesha, Operations Manager, RTNDA Canada at (416) 756-2213 or email: sherry@rtndacanada.com or visit www.rtndacanada.com


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