Monday, October 2, 2023

Canadian Screen Award winners: Broadcast News, Documentary & Factual

The Canadian Screen Awards got underway Monday night with the Broadcast News Awards and Documentary & Factual Awards.

Among the Broadcast News winners, APTN Investigates claimed two awards, including Best News or Information Series, while Tina House of APTN National News was named Best National Reporter. CTV Toronto News at Six took Best Local Newscast, while CBC’s The National claimed Best National Newscast. 

The Documentary & Factual Awards were led by TVO documentary Ghosts of Afghanistan, which won Best Social/Political Documentary Program and Crave doc Oscar Peterson: Black + White, which was recognized for Best Visual Research, Best Direction, and Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program. TVO also picked up two awards for original nature doc, Borealis. 

The next group of winners will be announced Tuesday with the Sports Programming Awards and the Digital & Immersive Awards.


Best News or Information Segment

APTN Investigates The Death Report


Best News or Information Program

The Fifth Estate: 13 Deadly Hours


Best News or Information Series

APTN Investigates

Best Live News Special

CBC News Special: Installation of the 30th Governor General Mary Simon


Best Photography, News or Information

CBC News: The NationalUganda’s Gorillas & The COVID Threat

Jean-François Bisson

Best Local Reporter

Belle Puri, CBC Vancouver News at 6

Best National Reporter

Tina House

Tina House, APTN National News

Best Host or Interviewer, News or Information

Avery Haines, W5: A Town Divided

CTV (Bell Media)

Best News Anchor, Local

Anita Bathe, CBC Vancouver News at 6

Best Local Newscast

CTV News Toronto at 6

Best News Anchor, National

Lisa LaFlamme

Lisa LaFlamme, CTV National News with Lisa LaFlamme

CTV News (Bell Media)

Best National Newscast

CBC News: The National



Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary Program

Sponsor | ROGERS

Arnie Gelbart, Julian Sher, Natalie Dubois

Ghosts of Afghanistan, TVO 

(Galafilm Productions Inc.)

Best Writing, Factual

Jeff Thrasher, Arctic VetsArctic Goodbyes



Best Writing, Documentary

Julian Sher, Graeme Smith, Natalie Dubois

Ghosts of Afghanistan, TVO 

(Galafilm Productions Inc.)

Best Picture Editing, Factual

Anna Bigos

Arctic VetsPolar Bear Heli-Rescue



Best Picture Editing, Documentary

Susan Shanks, Ghosts of Afghanistan


(Galafilm Productions Inc.)

Best Editing in a Feature Length Documentary | Meilleur montage dans un long métrage documentaire

Ben Lawrence

My Tree

Best Original Music, Non-Fiction

Erica Procunier, The Covid Cruise


(Blue Pearl Productions Inc.)

Best Cinematography in a Feature Length Documentary | Meilleures images dans un long métrage documentaire

Marianne Ploska – Prayer for a Lost Mitten | Prière pour une mitaine perdue

Best Photography, Documentary or Factual

John Minh Tran, Borealis


(Primitive Entertainment)

Best Short Documentary | Meilleur court métrage documentaire

Sponsor | Commanditaire | Hot Docs

Nalujuk Night

Jennie Williams, Latonia Hartery, Kat Baulu, Rohan Fernando, Annette Clarke

Barbara Sears Award for Best Editorial Research

Stephen Bandera, Shelly Ayres

W5Flight 752

CTV (Bell Media)

Barbara Sears Award for Best Visual Research

Mark Selby

Oscar Peterson: Black + White

Crave (Bell Media)

(Melbar Entertainment Group)

Best Direction, Factual

Stephanie Clattenburg

Spirit TalkerMembertou First Nation, NS


(Spirit Talker Films Inc.)

Best Direction, Documentary Program

Barry Avrich

Oscar Peterson: Black + White

Crave (Bell Media)

(Melbar Entertainment Group)

Best Direction, Documentary Series

Kardeisha Provo, Tyler Simmonds, Dena Williams, Lily Nottage

Being Black in Halifax


(ZaZa Production)

Rob Stewart Award for Best Science or Nature Documentary Program or Series

Kevin McMahon, Michael McMahon, Kristina McLaughlin, Justine Pimlott, Felicity Justrabo



(Primitive Entertainment)

Best History Documentary Program or Series

How to Start a Revolution


(CBC News)

Catherine Legge, Tarannum Kamlani, Geoff Turner, Francis Plourde, Anne MacRae

Best Biography or Arts Documentary Program or Series

Oscar Peterson: Black + White

Crave (Bell Media)

(Melbar Entertainment Group)

Randy Lennox, Jeffrey Latimer, Barry Avrich, Mark Selby

Best Factual Series

Employable Me

Accessible Media Inc. 

(Thomas Howe Associates Inc.)

Thomas Howe, Penny Wheelwright, Katie Lafferty, Claire Freeland

Best Documentary Program

Catching a Serial Killer: Bruce McArthur

Super Channel (Allarco Entertainment 2008 Inc.)

(Peacock Alley Entertainment)

Carrie Mudd, James Buddy Day, Ryan Valentini, Diana Foley


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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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