TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin has won the Trina McQueen Award in the TV News Information Program category at the 2020 Central Region RTDNA Awards of Excellence. The award was presented for the episode “Why Nothing Big Gets Done Anymore,” which examined whether the Canadian political system can handle the challenge of delivering transformative national projects in an increasingly complex world.
The Radio Television and Digital News Association Awards of Excellence honour the best journalists, programs, stations and news gathering organizations in radio, television and digital. The Trina McQueen Award is given to a program that demonstrates editorial excellence, relevance to the audience, and quality of insight, analysis and production. As the winner in this regional category, The Agenda with Steve Paikin will now be eligible for the national award in May 2020.
“This award is a testament to the brilliant team behind The Agenda with Steve Paikin,” says John Ferri, TVO’s vice president of current affairs and documentaries. “It recognizes their intense commitment to keeping people informed about the issues that matter.”
TVO was also a finalist in three digital categories for the central region:
• Best Podcast – Word Bomb: “Anthropocene”
• Opinion and Commentary (Sam Ross Award) – John Michael McGrath
• Short Feature (Dave Rogers Award, Large Market) – The Agenda with Steve Paikin: “How One First Nation Made Its Mark in the Little NHL”