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Silverman Is No Longer Helpful

Peter Silverman from CityNews' "Silverman Helps" will have to find a new way to help us because "Silverman Helps" has been cancelled.

From the official Peter Silverman page at

"Silverman Helps" has garnered two Edward R. Murrow Awards for Best Feature and Best Investigative program. Competing against CNN, CBC, CTV, Fox and BBC at The New York Festivals, Peter and his team won the World Gold and Grand Prize for their series Stolen Dreams in 2005 and a World Bronze a series of stories on Fabry's Disease in 2006.

Radio Television News Directors Association of Canada (RTNDA) also awarded "Silverman Helps" with the Dan McArthur Award for 'Best In-Depth/Investigative Story' (Central Region) for the series on Fabry's Drug Funding. Peter was also honoured in May 2006 for his effort against fraud at the 12th Annual Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (Toronto Chapter) and selected 2006 "Man of the Year" at the Consumers' Choice Awards' Gala. Along with his producer, Terry O'Keefe, Peter was nominated for a 2006 Gemini Award for his series on King West Opticians, which received international acclaim and was featured on CNN.

From a memo distributed by to staff at Citytv.

Today we informed the group that works in "Silverman Helps" that this segment of the news will discontinue in its current format. For nearly two decades, Peter Silverman and Terry O'Keefe's unit have brought closure to many viewer complaints. We feel however that the marketplace for investigative journalism is evolving and CityNews will reformat the consumer beat in the fall. Effective immediately, the "Silverman Helps" stories will be discontinued. We thank Peter, Terry and Cristina for their contribution to the newscast.

"Silverman Helps" had some great moments, from "Watch it, buddy" to this wicked altercation with an "angry optician".

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