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RTDNA Adds Live Sports Programming to Awards Program

The growing importance of live sports programming will be recognized by the RTDNA with new award categories.

RTDNA Adds Live Sports Programming to Awards Program

The RTDNA, the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada, is now in the game, with word that the association has new categories in its awards program, including live sports coverage.

The changes bring more network (in addition to existing regional) categories to the annual awards, and add recognition for the growing importance of live sports programming. New categories include Sports – Feature (now available as a Network Award as well) and Sports – Live Special Events (a new Network Award for digital, radio, and TV), while also recognizing the growing significance of digital platforms.

(The Radio-Television News Directors Association of Canada or RTNDA Canada changed its name to Radio Television Digital News Association, or RTDNA Canada, in 2011.)

The deadline for the regional and network awards is January 31, 2017; the association produced four regional awards dinners in 2016, and its national conference and awards gala, which recognized dozens of outstanding entries from coast to coast to coast. The standard of the entries was remarkable and it remains a true testament to the quality of storytelling and journalism emanating from RTDNA members.

RTDNA Adds Live Sports Programming to Awards Program

RTDNA award recipients are seen at the 2016 National Conference, held in Toronto in June. The association has added new awards categories for live sports programming for 2017.

The 2017 National & Network nominees will be announced in late April; awards will be presented at the RTDNA Canada National Conference in Toronto, which will be held in Toronto May 26-27, 2017. The theme of the conference is Connecting Audiences in the Age of Mistrust.


The industry association’s board says it is also reviewing and updating its by-laws and membership categories, with more information to come. The current membership includes radio, television and online journalists, news directors, producers, executives and educators.

Last year, the association introduced an updated and overhauled Code of Journalistic Ethics, which more accurately reflects the current state of the industry. The new code has been adopted by the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) and it continues to provide the overall framework and reference point for the adjudication of complaints and alleged violations within the broadcast industry.

In the spring, RTDNA Canada appeared before the House of Commons Heritage Committee, which is reviewing the media and local communities.  The association was commended for its Code of Journalistic Ethics and the work it has done promoting journalistic integrity in news.



The members of RTDNA Canada work 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.