Corus Radio Edmonton picked up two awards at the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) awards banquet Saturday night.
630 CHED news director and morning staple Bob Layton won the Sam Ross Award for Editorial/Commentary for his Global News piece that looked at the separation of elderly couples in care homes.
It’s a problem that hit Layton hard. He and his wife have been married for over 50 years.
“We met when we were in high school and we do not want to get separated as we get close to graduating from life school,” Layton said in the editorial.
630 CHED was also honoured with the Dave Rogers Award – Short Feature Award for its reporting on the Fort McMurray wildfire.
“Metis Welcome Tour” tells the story of the Kikino Silver Beach Resort and the Buffalo Lake Metis Settlement. Just over one week after 80,000 residents were evacuated from the northern Alberta town, Kirby Bourne paid a visit to the two metis settlements after they opened their doors to evacuees.
“The people I spoke to that day still weren’t sure whether they had a home to go back to,” Bourne said. “So much was still up in the air, but all anyone wanted to talk about was the support they had been receiving.”
For television, Global Edmonton received three awards: the Bert Cannings Award for Best Newscast, the Ron Laidlaw Award for Continuing Coverage and the Sam Ross Award for Editorial/Commentary.
Meanwhile, our colleagues at News Talk 770 were honoured as well.