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Global News wins big at Canadian Screen Awards

ABOVE: Global National with Dawna Friesen was named Best National Newscast at the Canadian Screen Awards on Tuesday night in Toronto.

TORONTO — Global National with Dawna Friesen was honoured Tuesday night as the Best National Newscast at the third annual Canadian Screen Awards.

Also taking home an award is Chris Gailus of Global BC News Hour, who was named Best Local News Anchor.

Accepting his award, Gailus thanked his wife Jane and son William and paid tribute to all the people “who put together an amazing show every night.”

Global BC News Hour coverage of the Mount Polley Mine Disaster also earned the award for Best Local Reportage.

Also picking up a Canadian Screen Award was Kirk Neff, who won Best Photography in a News or Information Series for his work on the report on Lev Tahor for Global’s 16×9.

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Dozens of awards for news and reality programming were handed out at the first of three Canadian Screen Awards galas in Toronto.

BELOW: Global BC News Hour‘s Chris Gailus wins Best News Anchor – Local at the Canadian Screen Awards

One of the night’s big winners was the documentary Tales From the Organ Trade, which aired on History.

The 2013 film, narrated by David Cronenberg, probed the world of black market organ trafficking.

It was honoured with four awards, including Best Social/Political Documentary Program.

Ice Pilots NWT on History won Best Factual Program or Series.

“We worked so hard on this series, 73 one-hour episodes and for this to be the icing on the cake couldn’t be better,” star Mikey McBryan told Global News.

“I’m just a guy from Hay River and to be sitting here at an awards show, winning an award, it’s just been amazing.”

BELOW: “Mount Polley Mine Disaster” earns Global BC Best Reportage – Local at the Canadian Screen Awards

The HGTV Canada series Income Property was named the Best Lifestyle or Talk Program Series and earned an award for Marc Simard in the Best Direction in a Lifestyle/Practical Information Program or Series category.

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The finale of season two of Big Brother Canada, which aired on Slice, won Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program or Series. The third season of the popular competition show moves to Global in March.

Toronto agency Secret Location also won the Best Cross-Platform Project – Non-Fiction for Big Brother Canada Digital.

The Great Martian War on History won Best Cross-Platform Project – Fiction.

The Canadian Screen Awards continue Wednesday night and culminate with a televised gala hosted by Andrea Martin on Sunday.

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