The Fifth Estate (TV)

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This article is about the Canadian television program. For the 2013 film, see The Fifth Estate (film). For other uses, see Fifth Estate (disambiguation).
The Fifth Estate
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Format newsmagazine
Starring Linden MacIntyre
Gillian Findlay
Bob McKeown
Mark Kelley
Country of origin Canada
No. of seasons 38
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBC
Original run 1975 – present

The Fifth Estate (stylized as the fifth estate) is an award-winning Canadian television newsmagazine, which airs on the English language CBC Television network. The name is a play on the fact that the media are sometimes referred to as the Fourth Estate, and was chosen to highlight the program's determination to go beyond everyday news into original journalism. The program has been on the air since September 1975,[1] and its primary focus is on investigative journalism. It has engaged in co-productions with the BBC, The New York Times, the leading Canadian newspapers The Globe and Mail and The Toronto Star, and often with the PBS series Frontline.

The series began its thirty-ninth season in September 2013.

Programs[edit]

News reports aired on The Fifth Estate have included investigations into and reports about:

Journalists[edit]

Journalists associated with the show, past and present, include:

  1. ^ Currently hosting the show

Season 39[edit]

The 2013-2014 Television season was the 39th season[3] of The Fifth Estate.

Episode Title Original air date
1 Made in Bangladesh [1] October 11, 2013
2 The Murder and the Money Trail [2] October 18, 2013
3 Elephants on Board: A Journey to Remember [3] October 25, 2013
4 The Strange World of Julian Assange [4] November 1, 2013
5 The Rob Ford Story [5] November 8, 2013
6 The Sextortion of Amanda Todd [6] November 15, 2013
7 The Conspiracy Files: JFK and 9/11 [7] November 22, 2013
8 The Last Great Escape [8] November 29, 2013
9 Silence of the Labs [9] January 10, 2013
10 The Man Who Hears Voices [10] January 17, 2014
11 Walk the Line [11] January 22, 2014
12 Voyage of the Black Dragon [12] January 31, 2014
13 Rabbi of the Pure Hearts: Inside Lev Tahor [13] February 28, 2014
14 The Rise and Fall of Mike Duffy [14] March 7, 2014
15 Return to Paradise [15] (Pesticides used in a tropical resort hotel room may have killed guests.) March 14, 2014
16 Dead Enough [16] (Canada's varying standards for declaring death affects organ transplants) March 21, 2014
17 Your Tips, Our Stories [17] (Stories from viewer tips: a man deceives Canadian women into supporting him financially; the Halifax death of a young blind woman is re-examined; the worst case of small-town corruption) March 28, 2014
18 To be announced

Season 38[edit]

The 2012–13 Television season was the 38th season[4] of The Fifth Estate.

Episode Title Original air date
1 Into the Death Zone (Death of Canadian Shriya Shah-Klorfine on Mt. Everest)[18] September 12, 2012
2 Kingston Pen: Secrets and Lies [19] September 21, 2012
3 Runaway Fighter (F-35 fighter jet purchase)[20] September 28, 2012
4 The Widow's Web (So-called "black widow" Melissa Friedrich)[21] October 5, 2012
5 The Life and Death of Gloria Taylor (First Canadian to have the right to ask for a doctor's assistance in dying)[22] October 12, 2012
6 Whistleblowers: Moment of Truth (What happened to well-known Canadian whistleblowers?) [23] October 19, 2012
7 Lost in the Struggle: The Next Chapter (Return to Jane and Finch)[24] October 26, 2012
8 Lucky 7 (Stolen lottery win is recovered) [25] November 2, 2012
9 The Elephant in the Room (Retiring zoo elephants)[26] November 9, 2012
10 Left for Dead (Struggle for survival in icy waters near Baffin Island)[27] November 16, 2012
11 Lance Armstrong: Master of Spin [28] November 23, 2012
12 Hunting Magnotta (Could the gruesome crimes of double murderer Luka Magnotta have been prevented?) [29] November 30, 2012
13 Costa Concordia: The Captain's Tale [30] December 7, 2012
14 The Imperfect Spy (What exactly did Jeffrey Delisle do, and why?) [31] (Air date unknown)
15 The Last Race (Death of Canadian ski cross competitor Nik Zoricic in World Cup competition) [32] January 18, 2013
16 Death in Paradise (Unexplained tourist deaths may be linked to pesticide use) January 25, 2013
17 Target bin Laden [33] February 1, 2013
18 Crossfire (National Rifle Association's influence in USA and Canada) [34] February 8, 2013
19 The Unrepentant (Canadian psychopaths "Lightning" Lee, Russell Williams, Karla Homolka, and two young offenders) [35] February 22, 2013
20 The Vanishing (Disappearance of Wendy Ratté) [36] March 1, 2013
21 Second Wave (Debris from 2011 Japanese tsunami begins to reach Canadian coasts) [37] March 8, 2013
22 Ironman (Russ George's massive iron fertilization project off BC's West Coast) [38] (Air date)
23 Mission Improbable (Cythia Vanier, SNC Lavalin, and an alleged plot to smuggle Saadi Gadhafi and his family into Mexico) [39] March 29, 2013
24 Rate My Hospital [40] April 12, 2013

Season 37[edit]

The 2011–12 Television season was the 37th season[5] of The Fifth Estate.

Episode Title Original air date CBC viewers
1 Truth and Lies: The Last Days of Osama bin Laden September 9, 2011 599,000
2 Swissair 111: The Untold Story September 16, 2011 775,000
3 Gatti-vs-Gatti September 23, 2011 436,000
4 Mayday September 30, 2011 482,000
5 Colonel Gadhafi: Palace of Secrets October 7, 2011 577,000
6 True Confession October 14, 2011 504,000
7 Scout's Honour October 21, 2011 567,000
8 'Til Death Do Us Part October 28, 2011 482,000
9 Stories from the River’s Edge November 4, 2011 509,000
10 Murder, he wrote November 18, 2011 535,000
11 A Cold Case November 25, 2011 612,000
12 Holiday Hell December 2, 2011 722,000
13 Behind the Line December 9, 2011 568,000
14 Escape From Justice January 6, 2012 853,000
15 Diagnosis Murder January 13, 2012 646,000
16 The Lies People Tell January 20, 2012 752,000
17 Who’s Killing the Rizzutos? January 27, 2012 622,000
18 The Wreck of the Costa Concordia February 3, 2012 1,317,000
19 The House of Shafia February 10, 2012 470,000
20 The Lost Boys February 17, 2012 565,000
21 Fearless February 24, 2012 298,000
22 Fast Break March 2, 2012 203,000
23 Time Bomb March 9, 2012 895,000
24 Lost on the Ice March 23, 2012 300,400
25 Kidnapped April 6, 2012 1,200,000

Season 36[edit]

The 2010–11 Television season was the 36th season[6] of The Fifth Estate.

Episode Title Original air date
1 Enemies of the State October 15, 2010
2 The Confession October 22, 2010
3 The Fall and Rise of Theo Fleury October 29, 2010
4 The Life and Death of Abdinasir Dirie November 5, 2010
5 Behind the Wall November 12, 2010
6 The Girl in the Suitcase November 19, 2010
7 The Legacy of Brendan Burke November 26, 2010
8 Presumed Dead December 3, 2010
9 After the Earth Shook January 7, 2011
10 Justice for Nadia January 14, 2011
11 Death of the Don January 28, 2011
12 WikiRebels February 4, 2011
13 Death at the Olympics February 11, 2011
14 The Devil You Know February 18, 2011
15 You Should Have Stayed At Home February 25, 2011
16 Missing March 11, 2011
17 Getting Off Easy March 18, 2011
18 My Friend the Bank Robber March 25, 2011
19 A Question of Innocence April 1, 2011

Awards[edit]

The Fifth Estate has won many awards, including Gemini Awards – among them ten for Best Information Series, numerous domestic investigative journalism awards, many New York and Columbus awards, International Emmys, and in 2000 and 2010 the Michener Award, Canada's top journalism prize, which is open to all media and has only one annual winner. A 2003 co-production[7] with The New York Times and PBS's Frontline was recognized with the Pulitzer,[8] Peabody,[9] Polk[10] and other awards.

The Fifth Estate is one of two television series (with The Twilight Zone being the first) to win an Academy Award, a prize presented to theatrical films: Just Another Missing Kid, originally a The Fifth Estate episode, was released in theatres in the United States and won the 1982 Academy Award for Documentary Feature.

Controversy[edit]

The CBC was successfully sued for libel over an episode that aired on February 27, 1996. Dr. Myers asked for an apology plus $25,000, while Dr. Leenen asked for an apology plus $10,000, but the CBC decided to fight. Dr. Myers was awarded $200,000, plus interest and costs, while Dr. Leenen won $950,000, plus interest and costs that could total over $2-million, a record for Canadian libel. The CBC has no libel insurance. Both judges ruled that the journalists had twisted the facts and acted with malice, with one writing in his discission "This was sensationalistic journalism of the worst sort and should serve as an embarrassment to this so-called 'flagship' investigative program." The episode's host Trish Wood, producer Nicholas Regush, the researcher and executive producer David Studer with punitive and aggravated damages. [41]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The story of the fifth estate". Retrieved 2012-10-19. [dead link]
  2. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2013-2014/the-strange-world-of-julian-assange |url= missing title (help). 
  3. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/ |url= missing title (help). 
  4. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/fifth/episodes/2012-2013/ |url= missing title (help). 
  5. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/the_fifth_estate/Season_37 |url= missing title (help). 
  6. ^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/video/#/Shows/the_fifth_estate/Season_36 |url= missing title (help). 
  7. ^ "A Dangerous Business". Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "2004 Pulitzer for Public Service". Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "2003 Peabody Award". Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "2003 Peabody Award". Retrieved 10 November 2013. 

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