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Trina McQueen

Catherine Margaret (Trina) McQueen, television journalist and executive (born at Belleville, Ont 1943).
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Television journalist and CBC executive Trina McQueen broke new ground for women in Canadian broadcasting (courtesy Trina McQueen).

Catherine Margaret (Trina) McQueen, television journalist and executive (born at Belleville, Ont 1943). A well-respected trailblazer for women in Canadian broadcasting, McQueen received her BJ from Carleton University, and also studied at UBC on an exchange scholarship. She first worked for the Ottawa Journal and was then recruited as a reporter to Toronto's CFTO television station, while also serving as one of two co-anchors of the first year of W5.

In 1967, she was hired as an editor for CBC Television Toronto local news, later becoming a national reporter. She was named executive producer of The National in 1976, later adding news specials to her responsibilities and hiring stars such as Knowlton Nash, Mike Duffy, Peter Mansbridge and Brian Stewart to various jobs in CBC News. In 1980, she became network program director responsible for the entire schedule of CBC Television. Returning to journalism in 1988, as director of news, current affairs and Newsworld (the title later became vice-president), she oversaw the launch and development of CBC Newsworld, and introduced the first series of independent documentaries to the CBC. She was responsible for CBC's coverage of federal elections, a referendum, the Meech Lake constitutional crisis, the end of the Cold War, and the first Gulf War.

In 1993, McQueen joined Netstar Communications (then JLL Broadcasting) to manage its licence application for Discovery Channel. On its approval, she became president of the channel. In 1999, CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, bought Netstar Communications, and McQueen was named executive vice-president of CTV Inc., becoming president and COO in 2000, when BCE acquired CTV. She retired in August 2002. Throughout her career, she was active in the industry, chairing the Television Board of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters and the Banff Television Foundation Board, and serving on the boards of Telefilm Canada and the Canadian Television Fund. Her report for the CRTC on Canadian drama led to the establishment of regulatory incentives for drama production. She also chaired the all-industry committee that established a ratings system for Canadian television.

McQueen, who lives in Toronto, is CTV professor of broadcast management at Schulich School of Business at York University and is a member of the CBC Board of Directors. She also serves on the boards of the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Canadian Media Research Consortium, Historica, PEN Canada, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. She has received numerous honors, including honorary degrees from Carleton University, the University of Waterloo, and Mount St Vincent University. She was elected to the Canadian News Hall of Fame, the Canadian Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Canadian Film and Television Hall of Fame. She is the recipient of the Award of Excellence from the Canadian Journalism Foundation and in 2005, was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 2009 she was chosen to receive the Alberta Film Awards Lifetime Achievement Award.

See also Journalism, Television Programming.