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CTV will deliver a special on-air message directed exclusively to Canadians this Sunday, Dec. 2 in a commercial break sometime between 8-9 p.m. ET.

The message was taped in secret earlier this month at CTV headquarters by one of the most recognizable people on television, a multiple Emmy Award-winning personality.

Leading up to the big reveal, viewers can share their guesses on Twitter about what this special message could be for a chance to win a special CTV prize package with the hash tag #CTVSpecialMessage. Continue reading »

CTV anchorman Andrew Johnson produced a rather awkward piece of television this week when he asked weather presenter Astrid Braunschmidt if she wanted to “canoodle” with him live on TV.

Following a short piece regarding townsfolk canoodling at a certain location, Johnson asked Braunschmidt if she was up for it before she got stuck into the weather report.

A confused Braunschmidt said no and Johnson was informed by his producer that canoodling means kissing, not chatting as he had previously thought. Continue reading »

CTV News congratulates Craig Oliver on being named to the Order of Canada today. The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement and service to the nation.

“On behalf of everyone from CTV News, I’d like to congratulate Craig Oliver on this tremendous honour,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “Craig has done so much for the CTV News division and for so many Canadians outside of our news family. He has continually demonstrated excellence in his work, while serving as a mentor for young journalists and selflessly giving his time to philanthropic causes. He has covered and reported on the major political events and newsmakers of many generations with passion and hard work, for the benefit of all Canadians. We at CTV News are thrilled to see Craig saluted for his lifetime of outstanding achievement and contributions to the country.” Continue reading »

Metta World Peace, formerly known as NBA basketballer Ron Artest, has attempted to read the weather for an on-air broadcast on CTV BC.

The Lakers player delivered a rather confusing weather forecast for British Columbia viewers on Wednesday.

In reference to BC capital Victoria, World Peace said: “She sounds like she’s hot, but she’s cold.” Continue reading »

With the conclusion of the 2011/2012 television season, CTV has become even more firmly established as Canada’s go-to network for both viewers and advertisers, an end-of-season ratings analysis reveals.

Based on data from BBM Canada through the end of the season last week, CTV has set a new performance benchmark: it is now Canada’s most-watched network in total viewers and all three key adult demos (A25-54, A18-49 and A18-34) for a complete decade.

Among total viewers and its key A25-54 demo, the record extends to 11 straight years. Continue reading »

CTV announced today that it is the exclusive Canadian broadcast partner of daredevil Nik Wallenda’s death-defying tightrope walk, live from Niagara Falls, on Friday, June 15.

Canadians can follow along with Wallenda’s every breath-taking step, in the unprecedented, live two-hour special MEGASTUNTS: MAN ON WIRE: LIVE FROM NIAGARA, airing from 9-11 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on CTV and simultaneously on CTV Mobile.

Kicking off the festivities at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CTV is an hour-long special devoted to the greatest stunts of all time, MEGASTUNTS: THE GREATEST STUNTS… EVER (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

On June 15, Nik Wallenda will walk approximately 1,550 feet of tightrope wire, suspended 173 feet above the raging waters of Niagara Falls, from the U.S. to Canada – an unprecedented feat that has been banned for over 125 years. Wallenda, 33, announced the much-anticipated official date for his historic walk in a news conference at Niagara Falls last week.

Wallenda’s tightrope walk over Horseshoe Falls, the biggest of the three falls that make up Niagara Falls, is unprecedented and will be a culmination of a life’s work for him and his entire daredevil family.

“It’s very exciting. This is something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of the legendary Great Wallendas, a travelling family circus troupe dating back to 1780. “It’s been a dream I’ve had since I was six-years-old, when I first visited the falls with my parents. I remember looking across … and thinking, it would be cool to be the first person in the world to do this.”

“MAN ON WIRE: LIVE FROM NIAGARA promises to be an incredible, never-seen-before spectacle,” said Phil King, President, CTV Programming and Sports. “Mobilizing our entertainment, news, digital, and radio platforms, we will deliver all the edge-of-your-seat excitement exclusively to Canadians leading up to and during this must-see live television event.”

Crossing the Niagara River on a tightrope has been banned since 1890. Thirteen tightrope artists have traversed the gorge throughout history, notably the Great Blondin, but Wallenda discovered in his research that no tightrope artist had ever before walked directly over the awesome and raging cascades. Wallenda, who holds six Guinness World Records, including the “longest bicycle ride on a tightrope without a safety net” and the “largest human pyramid on a high wire”, has set his sights on the unprecedented feat.

In November 2011, Wallenda approached officials in the U.S. and Canada with a proposal to cross directly over Horseshoe Falls, from Goat Island on the U.S. side to Table Rock on the Canadian side. Park Commissions in New York and Ontario, Canada, were extremely skeptical about permitting a high wire stunt like this, citing worries about the cost, copycats, security, and Wallenda’s safety, and initially rejected the idea. But Wallenda was determined and made it his mission to secure the permissions to achieve this life-long dream.

“I am a very challenge-driven person,” he said. “Don’t tell me it can’t be done, because I’ll find a way to do it.”

After months of work and a time-consuming negotiation, the Ontario Parks Commission approved a one-time exemption in February to allow Wallenda to attempt a single crossing, reversing the 128-year ban on stunts. The Niagara Parks Commission has specified that such feats can only be attempted once every two decades.

“My great grandfather taught us to never give up. This is just the ultimate story of just never giving up,” Wallenda said, adding that the legal battle was the biggest challenge of his career. “I got two laws changed that were over one hundred years old … now, guess what… Nik Wallenda is going to walk across the falls June 15.”

To prepare for his greatest stunt yet, Wallenda trains on land using a wire identical to the one he will walk on over the falls this summer. In training, he is sprayed with heavy mist from a fire hose to simulate the falls’ raging waters, and put up against a wind machine, generating gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Tourists and fans can visit him in training at the Seneca Niagara Casino in Seneca, NY this month.

In many ways, Wallenda has been practicing for this moment his entire life. The 33-year-old Florida native began walking the wire at age two and learned the ropes from his father, Terry Troffer, a retired acrobat who serves as his chief-rigging engineer and safety expert. During the June 15 stunt, Wallenda will be able to talk with his father through an earpiece the entire time.

Though he admits his family is “a little nervous” about this walk, Wallenda says they are proud and happy that he will get to tackle a life-long dream.

With the televised June 15 walk, Wallenda is carrying out the legacy of his great grandfather, family patriarch Karl Wallenda, who fell to his death at age 73 in 1978 on a tightrope walk in San Juan, Puerto Rico. But Wallenda, who has already taken on and conquered the same walk that claimed Karl’s life, is not worried that he will meet the same fate as his grandfather.

“We can tell immediately about why he lost his life. His biggest challenge was his age and his physical ability. The wire was also not put up properly, whereas I’ll be rehearsing and knowing exactly what I’ll experience,” Wallenda said.

The walk itself is expected to take approximately 30 to 40 minutes and is expected to draw thousands of spectators on the U.S. and Canadian sides, and boost tourism to the region leading up to and long after the historic event.

Wallenda is focused and remarkably at ease, considering the tremendous risk involved. It’s just between him, the wire and now – the breathtaking beauty of Niagara Falls.

“It’s peaceful actually. I get in the zone,” he said. “It becomes relaxing.”

CTV British Columbia takes over Robson and Burrard this Saturday for their 3rd Annual Open House from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Come on out and take a look behind-the-scenes at CTV’s HD Studio, sit at the CTV News anchor desk, and meet the CTV News anchors and specialty reporters, including; Mike Killeen, Tamara Taggart, Michael Kuss, Coleen Christie, Keri Adams, Jina You, Mark Driesschen, Mi-Jung Lee, Dr. Rhonda Low, Lynda Steele, Aamer Haleem, Norma Reid, Ann Luu, Perry Solkowski, Rob Brown, Kelcey Brade, and Duane English.

 

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012

Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

Location: 750 Burrard Street, Vancouver

What: Behind-the-scenes tour, sit at the anchor desk, try out the weather green screen, photos-ops with CTV BC personalities, face-painting, balloon creations and the TEAM 1410 will be broadcasting the Whitecaps Pre and Post game shows live. 

Following today’s announcement about the world premiere of A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS, CTV unwraps its complete holiday lineups including 14 all-new specials and movies on CTV and CTV Two.

In addition to Peters, Michael Bublé headlines his own holiday special, followed by dozens of variety specials, program stunts, holiday-themed episodes, and special event movies, including the network television premieres of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and the digitally re-mastered Mary Poppins, airing in HD for the first time.

Kicking it all off is CTV’s broadcast of THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE on CTV this Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in all markets (except 5:30 – 7 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic). See below for day-by-day listings of holiday specials on CTV and CTV Two.

As previously announced, the one-hour A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS (Thursday, Dec. 1 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) features Brampton, Ontario’s favourite son paying tribute to the holidays with a mix of stand-up, sketch, stop-motion animation, and musical performances, including Michael Bublé. Then, the multi-Grammy® and JUNO award-winning singer heads over to host his own one-hour special A MICHAEL BUBLÉ CHRISTMAS (Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), featuring performances of classic holiday songs from his new CD and appearances by Justin Bieber, Kellie Pickler and more.

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, Michael Bublé and Russell Peters and LANNY AND WAYNE THE CHRISTMAS ELVES IN PREP & LANDING

 

New Programming

Other new movies and specials joining CTV and CTV Two’s holly jolly lineups include anticipated holiday sequel PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE (Monday, Dec. 5 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV), HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN (Thursday, Nov. 24 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV), and seasonal movies MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN (Saturday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), CHRISTMAS MAGIC (Sunday, Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV), THE CASE FOR CHRISTMAS (Sunday, Dec. 18 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) and THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS (Monday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two). Also, making their network debuts are blockbuster fantasy Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and the mystery adventure film National Treasure: Book of Secrets (Friday, Nov., 25 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), as well as classic films The Wizard of Oz (Sunday, Dec. 4 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV Two) and Mary Poppins (Sunday, Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), airing in HD for the first time.

 

Returning Favourites

Timeless holiday movies joining the lineup of new specials on CTV and CTV Two include, It’s a Wonderful Life (Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV), A Christmas Carol (Friday, Dec. 23 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV) and The Sound Of Music (Sunday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV), along with the fun family favourites LANNY AND WAYNE THE CHRISTMAS ELVES IN PREP & LANDING (Monday, Dec., 5 at 8 p.m. ET on CTV) and SHREK THE HALLS (Friday, Dec., 9 at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV).

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without the annual THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE airing Sunday, Nov. 20 at 4:30 p.m. in all markets on CTV (except 5:30 – 7 p.m. AT on CTV Two Atlantic). Hosted by CTV Toronto’s Ken Shaw and CP24’s Melissa Grelo, and special roving reporter ETALK’s Traci Melchor, the 90-minute special captures all the spirit of the holidays including a new float dedicated to Mrs. Claus and exclusive holiday greetings from some of the biggest celebrities in entertainment.

 

CTV AND CTV TWO 2011 HOLIDAY PROGRAMMING LINEUP – CHRONOLOGICAL BY DATES 

All programming is subject to change (all times ET; visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

 

Sunday, Nov. 20

4:30 p.m. – THE SANTA CLAUS PARADE (CTV)

 

Thursday, Nov. 24

8:30 p.m. – HAPPINESS IS A WARM BLANKET, CHARLIE BROWN *NEW* (CTV)

 

Friday, Nov., 25

8 p.m. – NATIONAL TREASURE: BOOK OF SECRETS *NEW* (CTV)

8 p.m. – SHREK THE THIRD (CTV Two)

 

Saturday, Nov. 26

9 p.m. – BEE MOVIE (CTV)

 

Tuesday, Nov. 29

8 p.m. – HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE *NEW* (CTV)

 

Wednesday, Nov. 30

8 p.m. – RITA MACNEIL: ON A PERSONAL NOTE (CTV Two)

 

Thursday, Dec. 1

9 p.m. – A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS *NEW* (CTV)

 

Saturday, Dec. 3

8 p.m. – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (CTV)

 

Sunday, Dec. 4

8 p.m. – THE WIZARD OF OZ *NEW* (CTV Two)

 

Monday, Dec. 5

8 p.m. – LANNY AND WAYNE THE CHRISTMAS ELVES IN PREP & LANDING (CTV)

8 p.m. – SING-OFF – HOLIDAY SPECIAL *NEW* (CTV Two)

8:30 p.m. – PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE *NEW* (CTV)

 

Tuesday, Dec. 6

8 p.m. – A MICHAEL BUBLE CHRISTMAS *NEW* (CTV)

 

Wednesday, Dec. 7

9:30 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY *Holiday Episode* (CTV)  

 

Friday, Dec. 9

8 p.m. – LANNY AND WAYNE THE CHRISTMAS ELVES IN PREP & LANDING *ENCORE* (CTV)

8:30 p.m. – SHREK THE HALLS (CTV)

 

Saturday, Dec. 10

8 p.m. – MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN *NEW* (CTV)

8 p.m. – BORROWED HEARTS (CTV Two)

 

Sunday, Dec., 11

8 p.m. – SHREK 2 (CTV Two)

9 p.m. – CHRISTMAS MAGIC *NEW* (CTV)

 

Monday, Dec., 12

8 p.m. – SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN *NEW* (CTV)

 

Tuesday, Dec. 13

8 p.m. – LITTLE DRUMMER BOY *NEW* (CTV Two)

9 p.m. – A RUSSELL PETERS CHRISTMAS *ENCORE* (CTV)

 

Wednesday, Dec. 14

9:30 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY *Holiday Episode* (CTV)  

 

Thursday, Dec. 15

9 p.m. – THE MENTALIST *Holiday Episode* (CTV)  

9 p.m. – JACK FROST (CTV Two)

 

Saturday, Dec. 17

7 p.m. – SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN *ENCORE* (CTV)

7 p.m. – CHRISTMAS TOGETHER WITH THE BARRA MACNEILS (CTV Two)

8 p.m. – ONE MAGIC CHRISTMAS (CTV Two)

 

Sunday, Dec. 18

7 p.m. – LANNY AND WAYNE THE CHRISTMAS ELVES IN PREP & LANDING *ENCORE* (CTV)

7:30 p.m. – PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE *ENCORE* (CTV)

7 p.m. – RITA MACNEIL PRESENTS MEN OF THE DEEPS (CTV Two)

8 p.m. – A MICHAEL BUBLE CHRISTMAS *ENCORE* (CTV)

8 p.m. – ANNE OF GREEN GABLES: A NEW BEGINNING (CTV Two)

9 p.m. – THE CASE FOR CHRISTMAS *NEW* (CTV)

 

Monday, Dec. 19

8 p.m. – THE BIG BANG THEORY *Holiday Episode* (CTV)  

8 p.m. – THE MAN WHO SAVED CHRISTMAS *NEW* (CTV Two)

8:30 p.m. – CORNER GAS – “Merry Gasmas” (CTV)

 

Tuesday, Dec. 20

8 p.m. – STOLEN MIRACLE (CTV)

 

Wednesday, Dec. 21

8 p.m. – MISTLETOE OVER MANHATTAN (CTV Two)  

 

Thursday, Dec. 22

8 p.m. – CHRISTMAS MAGIC (CTV Two)

 

Friday, Dec. 23

8 p.m. – SHREK THE HALLS *ENCORE* (CTV)

8:30 p.m. – PREP & LANDING: NAUGHTY VS. NICE *ENCORE* (CTV)

8 p.m. – THE CASE FOR CHRISTMAS (CTV Two)

9 p.m. – A CHRISTMAS CAROL (CTV)

 

Saturday, Dec. 24

7 p.m. – RITA MACNEIL’S CHRISTMAS SPECIAL (CTV Two)

8 p.m. – IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE *ENCORE* (CTV)

8 p.m. – A CHRISTMAS CAROL *ENCORE* (CTV Two)

 

Sunday, Dec. 25

12 p.m. – SHREK-A-THON – SHREK (CTV)

2 p.m. – SHREK-A-THON – SHREK 2 (CTV)

4 p.m. – SHREK-A-THON – SHREK 3 (CTV)

7 p.m. – THE SOUND OF MUSIC

 

Tuesday, Dec. 27

8 p.m. – SNOWBOUND (CTV Two)

 

Friday, Dec. 30

8 p.m. – CELINE: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE WORLD (CTV)

 

Saturday, Dec. 31

8 p.m. – MARY POPPINS *NEW* (CTV)

On the evening of Monday, October 24th CTV TWO Vancouver/Victoria accepted a coveted Jack Webster Award for Best News Reporting – TV, for its report “Migrant Ship Approaches”.

Nominated as a finalist three times, twice in the past two years, this is an especially high honour for CTVTWO Vancouver/Victoria. The Webster Awards are given for excellence in TV journalism in British Columbia. 

“Every award we win is an honour, but there is no recognition of journalistic excellence in British Columbia that is held in the same regard as a Webster,” said Hudson Mack, News Director and Senior News Anchor, CTV TWO Vancouver/Victoria. “News awards recognize the entire news team and this is the latest on a long list of honours for all of us.” 

Mack, and reporters Stephen Andrew and Shachi Kurl were named in the entry, and all were on hand to receive the award. Mack pointed out in his acceptance speech that the award is especially significant, as it is presented in memory of BC television news icon Keith Bradbury.

“Migrant Ship Approaches” has also been recognized in April of this year, by the Radio-Television Digital News Association with the prestigious RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Award.

CTV Two Vancouver/Victoria delivers more than must-see entertainment programming; it also delivers top-notch local news loaded with energy, enthusiasm and intense pride for the region. From its street-front Victoria broadcast headquarters and Nanaimo news centre, the station’s news team, led by Hudson Mack, CTV Two Vancouver/Victoria broadcasts local news weeknights from 5 – 6:30 p.m. and Vancouver Island Report at 6:30. 

The station rounds out each weekday with CTV NEWS at 11 p.m. following up on the day’s top stories. Weekend coverage happens with CTV NEWS AT SIX on Saturday and Sunday. The station’s excellence goes far beyond local news: it’s one of the leading supporters of community groups and charitable organizations on Vancouver Island through its sponsorships of local activities and events.