Mayor Jim Watson today presented the Mayor’s City Builder Award to CTV Ottawa and proclaimed Saturday, March 12, 2011 as CTV Ottawa Day in recognition of the 50thanniversary of CTV in the Nation’s Capital.

Fifty years ago this Saturday, residents of Ottawa welcomed CJOH-TV into their homes and since then the station has played a vital role in Ottawa and the Valley’s growth and development. CJOH, now CTV Ottawa, has been a dedicated city-builder through countless telethons, advocacy work and sponsorship of many important community causes.

In recognition of this half-century of commitment to community service, Mayor Watson presented Max Keeping with the Mayor’s City Builder Award, who accepted on behalf of CTV Ottawa.

Mr. Keeping, longtime news anchor at CJOH-TV and CTV Ottawa, is now Community Ambassador for CTV Ottawa and for more than 30 years was the face and voice of the newscast. He has been dedicated to hundreds of community causes and fund-raising efforts and has served as a mentor to a generation of young journalists.

In recognizing CTV Ottawa, Mayor Watson noted the long list of TV programs produced in the Merivale Road studios over the years, among them Willy and Floyd, The Amazing Kreskin, Wok with Yan, You Can’t Do That On Television, Regional Contact, Family Brown and Home Grown Café.

The Mayor presented the proclamation declaring March 12, 2011 as CTV Ottawa Day in the City of Ottawa to Louis Douville, Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Ottawa and current anchors Carol Anne Meehan and Graham Richardson.