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CTVNews2012CTV has released some ratings data for this week’s unveiling of Pope Francis.

1.1 million viewers were watching CTV and CTV News Channel’s The New Pope coverage the moment Pope Francis appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica for the first time.

Helmed by CTV News’ Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme from Vatican City, the special coverage drew 735,000 viewers, more than all other English-language networks and more than twice the typical daytime viewing audience on CTV and CTV News Channel. Continue reading »

CTVNews2012CTV News is offering extended overage of Pope Benedict XVI’s farewell this week.

CTV News offers unparalleled coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s final days at the Vatican, as the College of Cardinals prepares to convene for the papal conclave. Beginning tomorrow,Wednesday Feb. 27 at 4:30 a.m. ET on CTV, Canada AM hosts an early broadcast capturing the complete coverage of Pope Benedict XVI’s final public address.

Canada AM’s Beverly Thomson and Marci Ien host live coverage from Rome, documenting Pope Benedict XVI’s final words to the tens of thousands of faithful expected to attend. The hosts will be joined by a panel of experts including Father Michael Bechard, Chaplain at King’s University College; Michael Higgings, Vice President for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University; Gerry O’Connell of the Vatican Insider; and McGill historian John Zucchi. Continue reading »

As 2012 comes to an end, CTV News looks back on all the top news stories of the year, beginning Sunday, Dec. 23 in CTV National News.

The bloody violence of the ongoing Syrian uprising continuously topped headlines this year, locking it into the #1 spot on CTV National News’s Top 10 News Stories of the year.

The Syrian crisis is followed by last week’s tragic U.S. school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut at #2, and rounding out the Top 3 stories of 2012 is coverage of continuing worldwide financial struggles.

Revealed this morning on Canada AM by CTV’s Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, the Top 10 News Stories for 2012 were selected by a panel of journalists led by LaFlamme. Continue reading »

CTV Toronto’s Tom Brown has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Recognized for his work on the station’s annual Toy Mountain campaign benefitting The Salvation Army, Brown has helped make wishes come true on Christmas morning for thousands of children across the GTA since becoming involved when he joined CTV News in 2004.

Presided over by the Honourable David C. Onley, Brown received the prestigious award in a ceremony held last night at Queen’s Park in Toronto.

“It was my privilege to nominate Tom Brown for the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal,” said Major John Murray of The Salvation Army. “Tom is a passionate supporter of the Salvation Army and those that we serve. He is dedicated and committed to helping raise awareness of The Salvation Army’s work and he is engaged in every aspect of the CTV Toy Mountain Campaign. Tom is most worthy of this special honour and The Salvation Army is proud to call him a friend.” Continue reading »

CTV News announced today its plans for expansive coverage of the U.S. Presidential Election next Tuesday, Nov. 6.

As Americans head to the polls to elect their leader, CTV News correspondents and panels of experts are preparing to take Canadians through the results and their effect on Canada.

Helmed by CTV News’ Chief Anchor, Lisa LaFlamme, CTV News is election central as the entire news division reports the election story. Continue reading »

CTV Edmonton begins broadcasting its local newscasts in high definition on Monday, Oct. 1. CTV Morning Live, CTV News at Noon, CTV News at Five, 5:30, and Six, and CTV News at 11:30 will all be presented in HD.

“This is perhaps the most significant technological advancement since we started producing local programs in colour in 1970,” said Brad Hooper, Manager of Operations and Engineering, CTV Edmonton. “We’re transforming our building with entirely new technology, linked together with over 30 kilometers of new cabling.”

After the transition, viewers who receive CTV Edmonton’s signal in HD will enjoy a 1080i high definition digital picture. Continue reading »

After marking 35 years with CTV News, veteran news anchor Christine Bentley is stepping down this coming Friday, Sept. 14, it was announced last night on CTV News at Six.

CTV Toronto presents special tributes to Bentley for the rest of the week, leading up to her final broadcast on Friday.

“It’s been an absolute privilege to serve this community for 35 years,” said Bentley. “I am so grateful to our viewers who have welcomed me so openly into their lives and living rooms over these years. I am so proud to be part of the team at CTV Toronto, and now look forward to now pursuing other opportunities and passions.” Continue reading »

CTV News Channel announced today an investment in new programs and anchors, as well as an adjustment to its format, as it continues to evolve for the future.

Three new programs debut today, while four new faces join its fleet of seasoned and highly respected anchors: Amanda Blitz, Rudyard Griffiths, Tasha Kheiriddin and Scott Reid.

Additionally, the channel moves to a two-anchor format for much of the day, allowing for a more informal and conversational approach to delivering news as it happens.

“The 24-hour, all-news universe presents new opportunities to engage with viewers by embracing new technology and new programming – and we’re investing in those opportunities,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “Our mission is to find new ways to do it better, faster and smarter, while always keeping what viewers want top of mind.”  


Premiering today, CTV News Channel presents three new programs:



Weekdays, 9 a.m. to 12 noon with Dan Matheson and Jacqueline Milczarek

Weekdays, 1- 4 p.m. with 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. Matheson, Milczarek 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.



Weekdays, 12 noon to 1 p.m. with Sandie Rinaldo

Weekdays, 6 – 7 p.m. and 9 – 10 p.m. with Marcia MacMillan


DIRECT is CTV News Channels new lunch-time, dinner-hour and evening one-hour newscasts. CTV’s Sandie Rinaldo helms CTV News Channel’s midday review of national and international news while Marcia MacMillan anchors the evening editions. Rinaldo takes viewers to the heart of the most important stories each weekday, delivering interviews with newsmakers, experts, and CTV reporters stationed across Canada and around the world. DIRECT also features business and markets summaries, political news from Ottawa and Washington, entertainment, national weather, and sports news headlines.



4 – 5 p.m. with Tasha Kheiriddin and Rudyard Griffiths (Monday – Thursday)

4 – 5 p.m. with Tasha Kheiriddin and Scott Reid (Friday)


CTV News Channel’s new political news hour welcomes new anchors Tasha Kheiriddin, Rudyard Griffiths, and Scott Reid as they cover national and international news and issues with a heavy emphasis on politics and politicians.  NATIONAL AFFAIRS is an edgy and provocative addition to CTV News Channel, connecting viewers to conversations that are sometimes confrontational and always educational.

On Monday, September 12, CTV News expands its award-winning local news coverage in Edmonton with the addition of two new newscasts, CTV NEWS AT FIVE and CTV NEWS AT 5:30. 

“Our dedication to providing the best in local news is unmatched” said Glenn Kubish, Director of News and Public Affairs, CTV Edmonton. “We’re thrilled that we can literally re-double our efforts at providing the most concise, trustworthy late-breaking local news to our viewers.”

CTV’s anchor Carrie Doll anchors the 5 p.m. newscast while Daryl McIntyre anchors at 5:30 p.m. and each is joined by CTV Chief Meteorologist Josh Classen. Feature reports include “Consumer Watch” with Laura Lowe and “Your Health” with Carmen Leibel. 

“An expanding city like Edmonton, and indeed all of Northern Alberta, deserves an expanded supper newscast,” said Lloyd Lewis, Vice-President and General Manager, CTV Edmonton. “This major expansion of time and resources illustrates our commitment to our viewers.”

Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News, announced today that Kevin Newman joins the CTV News Team as the Co-Host of CTV’s QUESTION PERIOD and as the Digital News Evangelist for Bell Media, beginning August 22.

In his new role as Co-Host of QUESTION PERIOD, Newman joins long-time Co-Host Craig Oliver, Chief Political Correspondent for CTV News at the helm of Canada’s national political landmark for the program’s 41st season in September. QUESTION PERIOD is known for consistently delivering coverage of the news and newsmakers from Ottawa, across the country and around the world.

“QUESTION PERIOD is a must-see program for people interested in Canadian politics and I’m delighted that Kevin is joining the team,” said Freeman.  ”His experience and expert interview skills are going to help QUESTION PERIOD continue its tenure as a political powerhouse.”

“Kevin is one of the best political journalists in the country,” said Oliver. “I hired Kevin in the 80s when I was CTV’s Ottawa Bureau Chief and I couldn’t be happier to have him back.”

In his dual role as the newly appointed Digital News Evangelist for Bell Media, Newman will also help shape the digital future of CTV News and will work with the Bell Media team to build the digital brand for CTV News as well as offer insight into the digital media strategy for other Bell Media properties.

“Kevin is a social media enthusiast, his combined knowledge of both the news world and the digital world make him a perfect candidate for this new role,” said Gary Anderson, Head of Bell Media Digital. “I’m looking forward to Kevin’s input as we continue to do even more to reach audiences across all platforms for both CTV News and other Bell Media properties.”

With more than 30 years experience, Newman is known as one of Canada’s top national news experts. He was the national news anchor at Global Television for 10 years before stepping down in September 2011 to begin exploring the emerging digital content field. In the months since he has aligned himself with some of the most innovative and creative partners in Canada, and has earned the respect of some of Canada’s technology pioneers including OpenText Executive Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer Tom Jenkins who told the RTNDA journalism conference in May 2011 that Kevin: “is the traditional journalist in Canada learning the most and doing more to build the next generation of journalism than anyone.”  

In 2001 Newman returned to Global Television after seven years as an anchor and correspondent at ABC News in New York. During that time he hosted and reported for NIGHTLINE, WORLD NEWS TONIGHT and GOOD MORNING AMERICA.  Prior to working in the United States, Newman worked at all three Canadian national news networks as a parliamentary reporter and also spent time as the co-anchor of CBC Midday, an afternoon news and interview program. Newman has two Emmys and a Peabody for his work as well as two Gemini Awards and a RTNDA’s Edward R. Murrow Award for election coverage in 2008.