CKPG TV News Recognized by RTDNA, the Association of Electronic Journalists with National Award
June 25, 2012

CKPG News, Prince George is celebrating another national award. On Saturday, June 23, 2012 CKPG TV was named the winner of the Dave Rogers Award for the best Short TV Feature – Small Market at the RTDNA National Conference in Toronto.

The entry documented the struggles in the isolated community of Mackenzie. It had been devastated by the downturn in the forest economy, leading to the closure every major industrial operation. To survive, many of the men were forced to seek work outside the community, leaving behind their wives and children. As winter drew near, the town rallied around the game of hockey to keep spirits up. They organized an entry into the national ‘Hockeyville’ contest and finished second. The story showed how the hockeyville journey became more important than the end result. Leia Hutchings wrote, shot and edited the feature.

This is the second consecutive year CKPG News has won this prestigious award. Last year Catherine Hansen’s feature on a tattoo artist captured the national award. Catherine was involved in a second entry at the national awards. “The Carving Project” qualified by winning the regional Long TV Feature award. It followed the development of a massive First Nations wood carving that today welcomes visitors to the University Hospital. Along with Catherine, Mike and Brenda Clotildes also played major roles in the production of the entry.

The awards season was gratifying for CKPG News with one national RTDNA Award, two regional RTDNA Awards, one BCAB Award finalist and one Canadian Cinematographer Award finalist.

CKPG TV is part of the Jim Pattison Group of Stations in Prince George that include CKKN FM and CKDV FM.

Ken Kilcullen
General Manager
Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Prince George