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TORONTO -- The CBC landed several major news honours at the Canadian Screen Awards.

The first of two industry galas crowned The National best national newscast, The Fifth Estate best news information series and The Nature of Things with David Suzuki best documentary program or series.

Suzuki himself won best host or interviewer in a news information program or series.

TSN collected multiple wins for its coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games, including best live sporting event, best sports analysis or commentary and best sports play-by-play announcer for Rod Smith.

Winners in the categories of drama, children's or youth, comedy and variety were to be presented Thursday.

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Sex and the City star Kim Cattrall is being recognized for her body of work.

The actress will receive a special prize for "outstanding artistic contribution to film and television" at the inaugural Canadian Screen Awards.

The award recognizes "a remarkable person who has made their mark on the film and television industry."

Academy head Helga Stephenson says Cattrall "is a fabulously successful Canadian performer who proudly embraces both sides of the border."

The Canadian-raised actress is best known for starring as lusty singleton Samantha in the HBO series Sex and the City and its spinoff movies. She also appeared in the PBS miniseries Any Human Heart, Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer and the 1987 comedy Mannequin.

Cattrall was to receive the prize at an industry gala tonight honouring select categories in TV drama, comedy, variety and children's programming.

The top prizes at the Canadian Screen Awards will be broadcast Sunday on CBC-TV. The bash replaces the previous Genie and Gemini awards, which separately honoured the best in homegrown film and television.

This fall, Cattrall will star with Don McKellar and Bob Martin in an adaptation of the BBC2 series Sensitive Skin. Shooting is expected to take place in Toronto in September.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 1, 2013 D5

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