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John O'Brien

John O'BrienCareer Highlights
- Extensive experience with network live coverage
- Successful launch of a variety of network news programs
- Produced numerous network news specials
- Received several awards for network special coverage and other programs

Experience
2000-07, CBC Newsworld, Calgary, Alberta
Senior Producer/Executive Producer
- Executive Producer, CBC News: Today
- Senior Producer, Canada Now. Created Canada Now on Newsworld, one of the networks most successful early prime-time programs
- Senior Producer, Network Specials. Responsible for network news specials in western North America
- Senior Producer, Newsworld Today
- Producer, Newsworld Business News

1998-99, CBC Newsworld, Calgary, Alberta
Producer
- Show Producer for Dayside
- Oversaw startup of Absolutely Canadian, one of CBC Newsworld’s top-rated daytime programs
- Show Producer for Newsworld Business News

1994-98 CBC Television  St. John’s, Nf.
Lineup Producer
- Lineup for Here and Now, CBC Newfoundland’s supper-hour news
- All script and continuity writing for Here and Now
- One of three senior journalists responsible for day to day coverage and planning

1990-94, Cable Atlantic, St. John’s, Nf.
Program Manager
- Responsible for all day to day operations of channel 9
- Managed a staff complement of 60 employees
- Tripled viewing audience over a  four-year period

1987-90, CBC Television, St. John’s, Nf.
Reporter/Editor
- Researched, wrote, voiced and edited news items
- Field produced current affairs items

Education
1986-87, University of King’s College, Halifax, N.S.
- Bachelor of Journalism
- Concentration in broadcast journalism

1980-85, Memorial University, St. John’s, Nf.
- Bachelor of Arts
- Major in Political Science

Professional Development
- Project Management, Ryerson Polytechnic Institute. December, 2000
- Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Securities Institute. October, 1997
- Leadership in Administration. Centre for Management Development, MUN. December, 1993
- Advanced Production Techniques. National Cable Training Institute, Denver, Co. April, 1992

Awards
- The James H. Ellery Award for Season Ticket, 1992
- CCTA Award for Television Excellence for Stop the Silence on Violence, 1993
- Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video festival for Skywatchers, 2002
- Honorable Mention, Columbus International Film and Video Festival for Moving Beyond Survival, 2001

References
- Available upon request

See M-2009 Programme, Monday morning, 8 June 2009