AJAs 2017 Finalists


Slug/Label Public figure, private turmoil
Date Aired or Published Dec. 19, 2017
Media outlet where first aired or published: CBC NL
Name of Program: Here & Now
If co-produced, list partner:
Location: St. John's
List awards, grants:
Running time (TV/Radio): 8:51

Short explanation of the story and how it developed:

In 2015, a man was arrested for the shotgun slaying of a Good Samaritan during a botched armed robbery at a downtown St. John's hotel. The accused had been in a long-term relationship with the daughter of N.L. Liberal Leader Dwight Ball, who was weeks away from becoming premier. At the time, Ball declined to talk about the situation, calling it a family matter. Leading up to the murder trial in the fall of 2017, CBC reporters sat through days of voir dire hearings that suggested the now-premier played a prominent role in the probe. After initially being denied access, CBC filed a Charter application to get hundreds of pages of key police documents outlining that role. The premier won a temporary injunction that was later partially lifted by a judge. The TV story ran within hours, with editing done right up to air time to fall in line with the judge's ruling. Four days later, we published a special 3,000+ word digital story that provided more detail, including reaction and the premier's response.

Resources of the newsroom (money and time) available to complete the story:

Rob Antle produced the piece and filed the story for digital. Ariana Kelland wrote and filed the story for Here & Now and CBC radio. Fred Hutton and Jen White sat through court proceedings and poured over documents. Paul Pickett edited the television piece. The team of five worked for months, on and off, until the piece went to air.

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