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CBC takes home 8 trophies at Canadian Screen Awards

02/24/2015 06:20 EST | Updated 04/26/2015 05:59 EDT
CBC news, documentaries and sports programs received eight awards during the first night of the Canadian Screen Awards.

CBC's the fifth estate won a trophy for best news or information series. 

An episode of the fifth estate, Made in Bangladesh, won best news or information program. The documentary, hosted by Mark Kelley, focused on Canadian retailers whose garments were manufactured in Rana Plaza in Pakistan, which collapsed in April 2013, killing more than 1100 people.

Coverage of a Canadian tragedy earned CBC News a CSA for best news special.

Canadians were glued to their screens for the manhunt and eventual capture of Justin Bourque, who opened fire on five RCMP officers in Moncton, N.B., last June, leaving three Mounties dead. The coverage was a collaboration between reporters and producers of CBC's The National, CBC News Network and CBC New Brunswick.

The CBC News Toronto team, including hosts Anne-Marie Mediwake and Dwight Drummond, walked away with the trophy for best local newscast.

CBC's nature documentaries, perennially popular with viewers, were also honoured at the CSAs.

The Nature of Things episode Invasion of the Brain Snatchers was deemed the best science or nature documentary program.

And Jeff Turner walked away with the award for best direction in a documentary or factual series for the Wild Canada episode The Eternal Frontier.

Canadian athletes were not the only ones who earned gold at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

CBC Sports got a CSA for the coverage of the women's gold medal hockey game, and Jim Hughson was named best sports play-by-play announcer for the second year in a row.

The Canadian Screen Awards continue later this week, with the awards for drama, comedy, variety, children's and performing arts handed out Wednesday. On Sunday, the two-hour gala honouring the best in Canadian films and scripted TV shows will be broadcast live on CBC-TV.

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