TORONTO - The CBC has landed several major news honours at the Canadian Screen Awards.
The first of two industry galas crowned "The National" best national newscast, "The Fifth Estate" best news information series and "The Nature of Things with David Suzuki" best documentary program or series.
Suzuki himself won best host or interviewer in a news information program or series.
TSN collected multiple wins for its coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games, including best live sporting event, best sports analysis or commentary and best sports play-by-play announcer for Rod Smith.
Winners in the categories of drama, children's or youth, comedy and variety will be presented Thursday.
Comedy star Martin Short will host a televised bash Sunday that features the top prizes in Canadian film and TV. The Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast on CBC from Toronto.
The awards replace the previously separate Gemini and Genie Awards.
A total of 46 winners — mostly in TV news, sports, documentary, lifestyle and reality categories — were announced at an early gala Wednesday hosted by comedian Steve Patterson at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Best animated program or series went to the TVtropolis show "Producing Parker," featuring the voice of Kim Cattrall. It also won best direction in an animated program or series.
HGTV's "Income Property" was named best lifestyle program or series, while History's "D-Day to Victory" earned best history or biography documentary program or series.
Other CBC wins included best breaking news coverage for "CBC News Now"'s reporting on Jack Layton's death, and Adrienne Arsenault's trophy for best breaking reportage, national, for stories from Attawapiskat.
"Love Shines," about Canadian songwriter Ron Sexsmith, won for best performing arts program or series/arts documentary program or series.
"Polar Bears: A Summer Odyssey" got the category of best science or nature documentary program or series.
And the winners of best original program or series for digital media were "Guidestones" (fiction) and "Highrise: One Millionth Tower" (non-fiction).
This year marked increased competition in the area of national news as CTV returned to the fold after refusing for years to participate in certain categories.
A full list of recipients are available at the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television's website, www.academy.ca/lpk.
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