- The Fifth Estate
"the fifth estate" is a Canadian television
newsmagazine, which airs on the English language televisionnetwork of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The name is a play on the fact that the media are sometimes referred to as the Fourth Estate, and was chosen to highlight the program's determination to go beyond everyday news into original journalism. It is normally spelled in all lowercase letters. The program has been on the air since September 16, 1975, and its primary focus is on investigative journalism. Stories from "The Fifth Estate" routinely make headlines in Canada and have been regularly exported to other television networks around the world.Fact|date=April 2008
"The Fifth Estate" is Canada's foremost current affairs program. It has engaged in co-productions with the
BBC, " The New York Times", the leading Canadian newspapers " The Globe and Mail" and " The Toronto Star", and often with the PBSseries "Frontline".
It has won far more awards than any other Canadian information program,Fact|date=April 2008 including scores of
Gemini awards (Canada's Emmys) among them nine for Best Information Series, numerous domestic investigative journalism awards, many New York and Columbus awards, International Emmys, and in 2000 The Michener Award, Canada's top journalism prize, which is open to all media and has only one annual winner. One recent co-production with "The New York Times" and PBS's "Frontline" was recognized with the Pulitzer, Peabody, Polk and other awards.
"The Fifth Estate" is one of two television series (with The Twilight Zone being the first) to win an
Academy Award: " Just Another Missing Kid", originally a "The Fifth Estate" episode, was released in theatres in the United States and won the 1982 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.
News reports aired on "The Fifth Estate" have included investigations into/reports about:
* Airport Security
* David Frost and
* 9/11 myths
Polygamyin Bountiful, British Columbia
Chris Benoit, Wrestler: Fight to the Death
Airbus affair, Brian Mulroneyand Karlheinz Schreiber
To sell a war
Communications Security Establishment
Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation("Luck of the Draw")
Journalists associated with the show, past and present, include:
*The Rt. Hon.
Anna Maria Tremonti
*Ron Haggart - senior Producer and Co-creator of the program
* [http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/ Official site]
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