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TSN enjoys banner night at 25th annual Gemini Awards

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11/3/2010 2:19:27 PM
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Toronto – TSN congratulates all of its winners and nominees who were honoured Tuesday night at the 25th annual Gemini Awards celebrating excellence in English Language television.

TSN was honoured with two awards, with Darren Dreger winning for Best Sports Reporting for his coverage of the firing of NHLPA Executive Director Paul Kelly, and Paul Hemming winning for Best Direction in a Live Sporting Event for TSN's exclusive coverage of the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship Gold Medal Game.

Seven awards were also won by Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium for its esteemed coverage of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, including the award for Best Live Sporting Event.  The winners also included TSN's James Duthie, who was named Best Sportscaster/Anchor; TSN's Chris Cuthbert, who was named Best Sports Play-by-Play Announcer; Catriona Le May Doan, who was named Best Sports Analyst; and The Globe and Mail's Stephen Brunt and TSN producer Matt Dunn, as their Closing Essay on Vancouver 2010 won Best Sports Feature Segment.

In addition, Duthie is nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Host or Interviewer in a Sports Program or Sportscast for TSN's coverage of the NHL Trade Deadline Day on Tradecentre.  The winner will be announced during a televised ceremony on November 13.

"I would like to extend my most heartfelt congratulations to all of the winners and nominees from TSN and Canada's Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium as their hard work and dedication to excellence in sports television were recognized last night in front of their peers at the Gemini Awards," said Stewart Johnston, President, TSN.  "It is truly an honour to work alongside some of the brightest men and women in television who played an integral part in bringing some of the most memorable and defining moments in sports history to air over the past 12 months."

This marks the first-ever Gemini Award win for TSN Hockey Insider Dreger, who was also nominated last year.  In the early hours of August 31, 2009, Dreger was the only journalist reporting as the NHLPA fired its executive director, Paul Kelly.  Throughout the night Dreger delivered minute-by-minute reports to the hockey world. 

For Hemming, this is his third Gemini Award win and second overall for his work on the IIHF World Junior Championship.  The Gold Medal Game at the 2010 World Juniors tournament delivered an average audience of 5.3 million viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast ever in TSN history.  A veteran director for TSN, Hemming also won a Gemini Award for his work on the CFL in 2004.

TSN is Canada's Sports Leader and Canada's most-watched specialty network. Delivering more sports coverage in High Definition than any other network in Canada, TSN's comprehensive broadcast schedule features an exciting lineup of sports including NHL, IIHF, CFL, NFL, NBA, MLB, Season of Champions Curling, Golf's Majors, F1, NASCAR Sprint Cup, Grand Slam Tennis and Championship Boxing events. TSN properties include TSN2, TSN MOBILE and the industry leading sports website TSN.ca. Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, TSN is a division of CTVglobemedia.

James Duthie (Photo: Brad White/Getty Images)

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