Executive producer Kelly Crichton accepts a Citation of Merit from Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn on behalf of the CBC television network.
CBC’s ‘the fifth estate’ was recognized for reporting on the the sexual harassment of female athletes by their male coaches – a problem that exists in many amateur sports right up to national levels but one that sports organizations shy from confronting. The program prompted calls for codes of conduct comparable to those governing the legal and medical professions.
The award was presented during a ceremony held at Rideau Hall, May 9, 1994.
Launched in 1970 under the auspices of Canada’s third Canadian governor general, the late Roland Michener, the award focuses on the degree of public benefit generated by media projects, both large and small, in print and broadcast. The annual award is open to daily and weekly newspapers, news agencies, radio and television stations and networks, as well as periodicals. The winners are chosen on the basis of hard-hitting impact, journalistic professionalism, and the resources available for the project.