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OMNI Television Unveils Broadcast Details for Canadian Ethnic Media Association 34th Annual Awards Gala

- Renowned journalists, editors, and directors in print, radio, internet, and television celebrated
for their contributions to Canadian ethnocultural media -
- Exclusive, one-hour broadcast includes diverse collection of music and dance performances
representing cultures from around the world -

TORONTO (July 5, 2012) – OMNI Television today announced broadcast details for its exclusive Canadian coverage of the Canadian Ethnic Media Association (CEMA) 34th Annual Awards, celebrating five outstanding contributions to Canada’s multilingual broadcast, print, and internet journalism landscape.  The one-hour CEMA Awards broadcast premieres in Ontario on Saturday, July 14 at 10 p.m. ET on OMNI.1 and 11:30 p.m. ET on OMNI.2, and in Alberta and BC on Sunday, July 15 at 5 p.m. MT on OMNI Alberta and 10 p.m. PT on OMNI BC.  The CEMA Awards were taped during the June 23 evening gala ceremony at the Velma Rogers Graham Theatre in Toronto.

“OMNI Television is proud to once again recognize the diverse array of ethnocultural media that have an unwavering commitment to reflecting Canada’s diversity every day,” said Madeline Ziniak, National Vice-President of OMNI Television and chair of CEMA. “This year’s submissions reinforce the importance of presenting community perspectives on contemporary issues through unique and engaging journalism.”

Hosted by OMNI Television personality Lucy Zilio and 680News reporter Rudy Blair, the broadcast includes the prestigious Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award, presented annually to one outstanding individual who has become a voice for Canadian multiculturalism.  Also showcased are dazzling performances by Toronto’s Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church choir Trinity Nightingales, Japanese Yosakoi-style dance group Sakura Mai, and the fusion drum group Beyond Sound Empijah.

2012 CEMA Award Winners

  • Radio
    Nghi Do, Journalist, Thoi Bao Radio, for radio feature “A Donor for Jennifer,” which crusaded and mobilized audiences using public education through journalism.
  • Print
    Gloria Suhasini, Associate Editor, Canadian Immigrant, for article “The Sponsorship Question,” which examines the chances of parents and grandparents landing permanently in Canada.
  • Television
    Gaby Andraos, Director, Andraos Media, for documentary Guilty Until Proven Innocent, which explores the issue of media portrayal of Arabs and Muslims in Canada.
  • Internet
    Prithi Yelaja, Senior Writer, CBC, for article “Multicultural Canada – A Haven from Norway-Style Violence?”
  • Sierhey Khmara Ziniak Award
    Dr. Lillian Petroff, Canadian Historian, for dedication to multiculturalism and its affirmative expression through media and historical documentation.

About CEMA
The Canadian Ethnic Media Association (formerly known as the Canadian Ethnic Journalists and Writers Club) was founded in 1978 as an inclusive organization for print, radio and television media; an internet category was added in 2004 to better meet the evolving needs and technology of ethnic journalism practitioners. CEMA publishes a website at

About OMNI Television
OMNI is a free, over-the-air multilingual/multicultural television system committed to reflecting Canada’s diversity by broadcasting an array of ethnocultural programming, serving multiple language communities. With five television stations -- in BC; Alberta (Calgary and Edmonton) and Ontario (OMNI.1 and OMNI.2) – OMNI has a combined reach to 22.7 million people across Canada. From weekly language newscasts to locally produced diversity programs, OMNI also delivers star-studded international series and films, including Bollywood blockbusters, Asian Cinema, as well as Italian and Portuguese telenovelas. OMNI Television is a part of Rogers Broadcasting Limited, a division of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI and NYSE: RCI) which is a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For more information visit

Media contacts:
Nicolas Brancaccio, OMNI Television, 416.764.3261,
Charmaine Khan, OMNI Television, 416.764.3071,

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