Wendy Freeman named President of CTV News

CTV announced today that Wendy Freeman has been named President of CTV News, effective January 3, 2010. Robert Hurst, whom announced his retirement as President of CTV News two weeks ago, will stay on until that time, allowing for a seamless transition.

Freeman is a 17-year veteran of the network, most recently as Vice-President and Executive Producer, CTV National News where she leads Canada’s most-watched newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON.

“Wendy has been understudying this role for years,” said Ivan Fecan, President and Chief Executive Officer, CTVglobemedia; Chief Executive Officer, CTV Inc. “She will lead us into the next generation of news.”

“Wendy has impacted all areas of CTV News throughout her career,” said Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc. “She is a leader with a vision of where CTV News can engage viewers the most in the future.”

“I live and breathe news, so this position is a dream come true,” said Freeman. “I look forward to working with Canada’s best news team to explore new opportunities that will bring us even further into the digital age. This is an exciting time for CTV News.”

“I have worked closely with Wendy for the past 11 years. I know what she can do,” said Lloyd Robertson, Chief Anchor and Senior News Editor, CTV News. “This is clearly the right choice to lead the CTV News team and our shining new anchor Lisa LaFlamme into a vibrant future.”

As Vice-President and Executive Producer, CTV National News, since 2001, Freeman has led the editorial content and newsgathering efforts for CTV News. She oversees seven domestic and six international news bureaus. Prior to her current role, Freeman held a variety of senior management positions within CTV News, and also worked at New York-based CW11 WPIX Television network and Toronto’s Citytv.

Since taking her post as executive producer at CTV National News, Freeman has led the award-winning newscast from its coverage of 9/11 and the death of Pope John Paul II to the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games and the recovery of the Chilean miners.

A multiple-award winning producer, Freeman received the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) award for Best Newscast in 2010, 2007 and 2006. She also won a Gemini Award in 2005 for Best Newscast. Originally from Montreal, Freeman is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario.

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