CTV Delivers Comprehensive Coverage of the 2008 Federal Election

CTV's Election 2008 coverage team

From the campaign trail to the voting booth, and to the final count, CTV has got Canada covered with the most comprehensive election coverage ever. It all begins tonight Thursday, October 2 with Bravo!’s Does Art Matter? A Bravo! Election Special at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, with Arts & Minds and Canada AM host Seamus O’Regan moderating a town-hall special discussing the state of arts in Canada with visual artists, musicians, actors and voters. It is followed by the English language debate from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET on CTV (live to all time zones; visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times). In the coming days, CTV Inc. channels and programs will cover everything election-oriented, from Daily Planet’s analysis of the party leaders’ body language, to the etalk News Special: Politics and Fame on Star!, which spotlights the curious relationship between celebrities and politicians.

On Election Day, CTV News, featuring Canada’s most-watched broadcaster Lloyd Robertson, will serve as election central live on Tuesday, October 14 beginning at 9 p.m. ET (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), as the nation goes to the polls to choose the next Prime Minister.

“Canadians know that they can turn to CTV when they want election programming that covers all of the angles,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

CTV’s 2008 Federal Election coverage unfolds as follows:

CTV News
CTV will carry the entire English language debate on Thursday, October 2 from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Moderated by Steve Paikin, the following Party Leaders will appear in the debate: Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the Conservative Party of Canada, Leader of the Opposition Stephane Dion of the Liberal Party, Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party, Gilles Duceppe of the Bloc Quebecois and Elizabeth May of the Green Party. Directly after the debate, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson will provide in-depth analysis on the highs and lows of the parties and their platforms.

On October 14, Canadians will turn to the most-respected news team in the country, as CTV News offers the best national and local coverage, beginning at 9 p.m. ET (Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta), 7 p.m. ET (Newfoundland), 7:30 p.m. ET (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI) and 10 p.m. ET (British Columbia).

Lloyd Robertson anchors the night’s coverage, with Craig Oliver providing in-depth analysis. Supplying their opinions on how the election is shaking out are Brian Tobin, former Liberal Cabinet Minister and former Premier of Newfoundland; Sandra Buckler, former Director of Communications for Prime Minister Harper; and Anne McGrath, NDP Party President, as well as analysts Peter Donolo from The Strategic Counsel and Antonia Maioni from McGill University. Lisa LaFlamme covers the key battleground ridings. Tom Clark, Mike Duffy, Robert Fife, Graham Richardson, Roger Smith, Genevieve Beauchemin and Rosemary Thompson will report from the candidates’ headquarters across the country.

Canada AM
On Friday, October 3 from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, the morning after the English language debate, Canada’s most-watched national morning show, Canada AM will dissect the party leaders’ performance with the help of image consultant Bernie Gauthier. He’ll examine the style versus the substance in the debate – and explore what’s more important to voters: what the leaders say or what the leaders do?

On Election Day, Tuesday, October 14 from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, Canada AM hosts Seamus O’Regan, Beverly Thomson, Marci Ien and Jeff Hutcheson will be posted across the country, discussing the days’ events as Canadians head to the polls. The morning after, on Wednesday, October 15 from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, Canada AM will recap the previous night’s biggest stories, including interviews with the candidates.

Does Art Matter? A Bravo! Election Special
Every government in power has either made cuts to the arts community, or infused it with cash. In this town-hall special, hosted by Canada AM and Arts & Minds’ Seamus O’Regan, airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Bravo!, writers, musicians, actors, painters and voters come together to discuss the state of arts in Canada. The panel includes artist Charles Pachter; Globe and Mail columnist Russell Smith; actress Wendy Crewson; international opera star Measha Brueggergosman; Jeff Melanson, artist and executive director of the National Ballet School; and Susan McArthur, investment banker and board member of Luminato, Canada’s largest arts festival. Does Art Matter? encores Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct. 11 at 6 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 at 6 a.m. ET and Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. ET.

Discovery Channel
Daily Planet
Why do humans choose the colour red over blue? How can we tell when a politician is telling the truth? What does a politician’s body language say about them? Those are just a sample of the election-themed stories Daily Planet will explore on Election Night, Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET on Discovery Channel.

etalk News Special: Politics and Fame
Politicians and celebrities make strange – and often powerful – bedfellows. From JFK and the Rat Pack to Obama and Oprah, etalk News Special: Politics and Fame examines the relationships between politicians and their famous friends Thursday, October 9 at 9 p.m. ET on Star!, and how celebs are playing an increasingly important role in the political process.

Question Period
Co-hosts Craig Oliver, CTV’s Parliamentary Bureau Chief, and Jane Taber, the Senior Parliamentary Writer in The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa bureau are joined by a host of pundits and the candidates themselves. Question Period, airing Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on CTV is a must-see for political junkies, as it analyzes the hot-button issues and political players throughout the election campaign. Don’t count on any of the typical Canadian niceties and politeness. If there’s drama and conflict in Canada’s political theatre, you can expect to see it played out on Question Period.

MOD will cover the election story every Wednesday and Friday at 5 p.m. ET until October 14.

MuchNews Weekly
The Top 10 issues that concern viewers most will be counted down, with commentary from the Much VJs, Monday, October 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

Be Loud on October 14
MuchMusic VJs Hannah Simone and Devon Soltendieck break down the results as they roll in on Tuesday, October 14 at 10 p.m. ET. Broadcasting live from Much HQ with a studio audience, Much talks with young people about what the results mean for them. Mobile and The Midway State perform.

MTV Quick Chats
Throughout the day, from Thursday, October 9 through Tuesday, October 14, the MTV hosts discuss why it is important for viewers to vote.

MTV News
MTV News covers the federal election with the “Election Show” on Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Aliya-Jasmine Sovani takes it to the street and chats with everyday people about political issues affecting youth. The “Election Show” includes party bios, comedian bumpers, prominent musicians talking about politics and voting, and “Politics Made Sexy” with Aliya-Jasmine.

MTV Live
Host Daryn Jones, along with Nicole Holness, talk all things election on Tuesday, October 14 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. MTV Live Action News Team reporter Paul the Intern gives the lowdown on Election Day.

CTV Newsnet
CTV Newsnet is Canada’s best source for breaking news on the federal election, bringing Canadians every minute of the campaign. Complementing CTV Newsnet’s up-to-the-minute breaking news throughout the day, the channel’s evening schedule offers viewers extensive political insight and daily analysis with Mike Duffy Live at 5 p.m. ET and Mike Duffy Live Prime Time at 8 p.m. ET.

CP24, Toronto’s breaking news channel, will have more wall-to-wall local election coverage than any other station. With a focus on local ridings and campaign coverage the GTA, CP24 will be talking directly to voters on-air, on the street and online at CP24.com about the important issues facing Toronto. CP24 will also be on the campaign trail, getting insight and analysis from local candidates and the party leaders as Torontonians head to the polls on Oct. 14

CTV.ca will offer comprehensive online coverage of the election through a special microsite as election.ctv.ca. This special site is the ultimate guide for breaking news and updates in the changing political landscape – including live streaming of CTV’s election coverage starting at 10 p.m. ET – as well as interactive tools such as the Pick Your Party quiz, Follow the Leader, a map detailing what parts of the country the candidates are visiting, and the latest election news sent to mobile phone users.

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  • Lorne

    Am I alone in this or does anybody else think Craig Oliver is a total geriatric idiot. The drivel this guy spouts is pathetic. Obviously a Liberal bleeding heart.