Global Television Announces the Winners of the 2007 Broadcasters of the Future Awards

by NationTalk on November 7, 20071332 Views

Awards reflect Global’s commitment to the growth of Canada’s future broadcasters

TORONTO, Nov. 6 – Global Television is pleased to announce the winners of the Broadcasters of the Future Awards for 2007. The annual awards are a series of scholarship, internship, and mentorship programs designed to encourage and aid talented and enthusiastic Canadians toward establishing or furthering careers in the Canadian broadcast industry. “We commend all of this year’s applicants for their hard work and interest in the broadcast industry,” said Kathy Dore, President, Canadian Television, CanWest MediaWorks. “The recipients of this year’s awards astonished us with the passion and dedication they put into their personal, volunteer, and academic lives. The future of broadcasting in Canada looks bright with these young stars in our midst.”

Winner of the Scholarship-Internship award for a Canadian with a Physical Disability is Scott Best of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Scott demonstrates the ability to build a promising career in broadcasting from a growing list of accomplishments. He is armed with the gift of smooth vocal delivery and a strong will to surpass any obstacles his vision loss may pose. He uses his hearing to tune in to the world of broadcasting and explores how broadcasters provide information, companionship, and entertainment to listeners and viewers.

With the talent of improvisation, Scott lent his voice for the narration of talking children’s books for Manitoba Education, Citizenship and Youth. He also wrote and produced various radio promos for school projects and 1290 CFRW in Winnipeg, and was the morning host for his school’s radio station. Scott is interested in all aspects of broadcasting and plans to help eradicate barriers that exist for persons with disabilities in the industry.

Winner of the Canadian Visible Minority Scholarship Award is Felicia Hsuen-Ling Yap of Calgary, Alberta.

Guided by a proud Chinese Canadian heritage, Felicia began volunteering when she was just four years old. With a keen interest in sciences, reporting, and telling stories, Felicia has completed a science degree as well as a Broadcast News diploma from SAIT and is currently working on a second degree in Communication Studies at the University of Calgary.

Felicia’s volunteer and academic experience in broadcasting includes elements of news production, narration, interviewing, editing, writing, and hosting across a variety of projects including PSAs, reports, and numerous documentaries. She’s currently developing a documentary called Under the Butter Knife about modern Asian beauty in Canada in an effort to shed light on the insecurities facing many Asian women. Felicia’s goal is to be a television broadcaster and she plans to merge her knowledge of science and broadcasting into a career as a science and health reporter.

Winner of the Aboriginal Peoples’ Internship Award is Morgan Barrett Schaller of Wilmer, British Columbia.

Born and raised in Yellowknife, Morgan is proud of her Chipewyan heritage and believes that where a person comes from shapes who they are and where they will go in the future. Her awards in video development include gold and bronze at local and national levels, respectively, in the National Skills Canada TV Video Competition, first place wins in the national Racism. Stop It! video competition, a series of wins in locally-run video contests, and is a recipient of the TV Society Award in recognition of outstanding work in the creation of video projects viewed and shown in the community.

She also works with a team of students producing a weekly news broadcast over her school’s internal television system. Reflecting her cultural roots and passion for television, Morgan’s goal is to work in a Canadian television station and be recognized for the passion and emotions she brings to viewers.

The annual awards reflect Global’s commitment to the personal growth of Canada’s future broadcasters and we would like to congratulate all of the deserving recipients for 2007.

About Global Television
Global Television is owned by CanWest MediaWorks Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of CanWest Global Communications Corp. (TSX: CGS and CGS.A, In addition to owning the Global Television network, CanWest, an international media company, is Canada’s largest publisher of English language daily newspapers, and also owns, operates and/or holds substantial interests in conventional television, out-of-home advertising, specialty cable channels, Web sites and radio networks in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey, Indonesia, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.

For further information: Tammy Bender, CanWest MediaWorks Inc.,, (416) 442-2177

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