CTV News Channel

CTV News Channel announced today that Todd van der Heyden joins the network full time as co-anchor with Amanda Blitz of EXPRESS, weekdays from 1-4 p.m. ET.

Previously the anchor of CTV Montreal’s noon and 6 p.m. newscast, van der Heyden’s last newscast at CTV Montreal is Friday, Dec. 30 and he begins his new role at CTV News Channel on Jan. 16, 2012. His successor at CTV Montreal will be announced in the coming weeks.

Van der Heyden has been reporting and anchoring at CTV Montreal for over a decade. For the past three years, he has been the co-anchor of Montreal’s top-rated English local TV newscast CTV NEWS AT SIX alongside Mutsumi Takahashi.

“Todd is highly respected in Montreal and he is a smart addition to the CTV News Channel team,” said Don Bastien, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Montreal. “We are sad to see him go, but he’s staying in the family and we look forward to seeing him reporting on the national stage.”

“Montreal has always been my home and I’m so grateful for the opportunities and support the people here have given me,” said van der Heyden. “There are a lot of things I still want to do with my career and the move to Toronto and CTV News Channel to anchor a national show is an exciting change. I’m really looking forward to it.”

Today’s announcement follows a recent investment in new programs and anchors on CTV News Channel, as well as format changes, as CTV News Channel continues to evolve. In October, CTV News Channel launched three new programs, EXPRESS, DIRECT, and NATIONAL AFFAIRS.

Beginning Jan. 16, van der Heyden co-anchors CTV News Channel’s weekday program EXPRESS from 1-4 p.m. ET alongside Amanda Blitz. EXPRESS offers viewers a lively mix of news and information presented in an informal, conversational format. Its one-minute news updates every 15 minutes ensures viewers get the latest news and commentary on stories making headlines in an easily digestible format. Van der Heyden and Blitz are joined by newsmakers, analysts and experts, along with reporters based both in-studio and live on location. Reaching beyond the news, EXPRESS covers a variety of topics – from high tech toys to personal finance to pop culture – with emphasis on lifestyle and helpful information and ideas.

Van der Heyden first made a mark on Montreal’s top-rated English local television newscast when he joined CTV Montreal in 2000 as a general assignment news reporter. By 2001, van der Heyden was appointed backup news anchor for the station.

In 2003, he was promoted to reporter/producer of the new feature segment “On Your Side.” The position included helping viewers solve problems, reporting on consumer issues, and conducting investigative and consumer affairs journalism. He has since filed numerous stories, and his segment became one of the most popular features of the CTV Montreal news broadcast. By 2005, van der Heyden became the co-anchor of the 6 p.m. weekend newscast, joining anchor Tarah Schwartz.

A Montreal native, van der Heyden studied Journalism at Carleton University and Communication Studies at Concordia University.

On Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m. ET, CTV News Channel delivers extensive coverage of Remembrance Day. REMEMBRANCE DAY 2011, anchored by CTV’s Chief Anchor and Senior Editor, Lisa LaFlamme. The 90-minute special features live coverage from Ottawa’s Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial.

“Our Remembrance Day coverage will pay tribute to the people who have made many sacrifices to protect our country,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “Anchored by CTV’s Lisa LaFlamme, our Remembrance Day special provides Canadians with extensive analysis, commentary and historical context of Remembrance Day in Canada.”

As part of the special honouring Canada’s veterans and those currently serving, LaFlamme is joined by a panel of special guests including Retired Major General Lewis Mackenzie, the Commander of the UN Peacekeeping force in Yugoslavia in 1992; and Sergeant Patrick Tower, a veteran of Canada’s mission to Afghanistan. Tower was the first recipient of the Star of Military Valour and was recognized for his actions under enemy fire during a mission in 2006. Reporting live from the National War Memorial in Ottawa, CTV’s Don Martin is joined by WWI historian Tim Cook.

CTVNews.ca presents live streaming of the CTV News Channel special REMEMBRANCE DAY 2011, as well as feature stories and galleries with personal stories and photos from viewers describing their military and peacekeeping heroes. Submissions can be sent to newschannel@ctv.ca.