299 Queen Street West
299 Queen Street West known as Bell Media Queen Street, is the headquarters of the television/radio broadcast hub of Bell Canada's media unit, Bell Media located at the intersection of Queen Street West and John Street in Downtown Toronto, Canada. The building served as the headquarters of CTVglobemedia until Bell Canada acquired CTV again in 2011 as well as CHUM Television, a division of CHUM Limited, until CTV acquired CHUM in 2007, was once known as the CHUM-City Building, it is now downtown Toronto studios for Bell Media. With its 1913 neo-Gothic terra cotta façade, the building is designated as a heritage property by the City of Toronto's Heritage Preservation Services under the Ontario Heritage Act and has served as a broadcast facility since 1987; the building serves as the official headquarters of Bell Canada's media unit, Bell Media, as well as the home of various Bell Media television properties, most of which were owned by CHUM, although some properties that CTV owned prior to 2007 have moved some or all of their operations here since as well.
Current occupants include Bravo, BNN, CP24, The Comedy Network, Comedy Gold, E!, Investigation Discovery, Gusto, MTV, MTV2, Much and Space. In addition, selected CTV programs, including etalk, The Marilyn Denis Show, The Social are produced at the building and selected network offices are located here. Aside from the CTV network programming, Toronto station CFTO-TV has little presence at the Queen Street facility; the primary studios for CTV Toronto, the CTV network's national operations are located at 9 Channel Nine Court at Highway 401 and McCowan Road in Scarborough, where many of Bell Media's other co-owned channels such as CTV News Channel, Discovery Channel Canada, TSN, their respective offshoot channels, as well as the master controls for the CTV stations in Eastern Canada, are located. Group tours of the facilities are held by email request; the five-storey building was constructed as the headquarters of the Methodist Church of Canada in 1913 by Burke and White. The Methodists joined with two other denominations to form the United Church of Canada in 1925, for which the building served as the headquarters until 1959.
By this time the Ryerson Press the publishing arm of the Methodist Church, had grown to occupy the entire building. In 1979, family owned CHUM purchased the rest of Citytv to which it did not yet own, which prompted the building purchase by CHUM in 1985. After two years of outfitting for it broadcast operations, it was re-opened in May 1987 as the new headquarters for the company and its various outlets, including Citytv Toronto; the building's east wall was decorated with an actual older style news truck bursting out of the building. The truck bore the old "CityPulse Live-Eye" decal; the northwest corner of the building used to contain a Speakers' Corner videobooth, where for a dollar anyone could record two minutes of oneself. The booth was removed as part of renovations and upgrades to the MuchMusic studios in 2010, the space where the video booth was located has since been enclosed and is used as production space for The Social. While the outside facade has been restored and remains intact, the building's interior has been modernized into one of the world's most innovative media complexes.
299 Queen Street West was designed to have no TV studios. The building has been engineered so that public space, working areas, offices and the parking lot may all be used as optimal shoot locations. Many television shows produced by the various outlets operating out of the building over the years, such as Citytv's Breakfast Television, CityLine and the former Electric Circus, were filmed live on the ground floor; the ground floor at the corner of Queen and John features giant glass sliding partitions so that the building can be open to the street. The studios used for MuchMusic are now used for The Social, the studio used for CityLine and Breakfast Television on Citytv briefly for eTalk on CTV, is now used for The Marilyn Denis Show; the annual MuchMusic Video Awards show is held as a street party that takes place in the parking lot, rooftop, as well as Queen and John Streets adjacent to the building. Queen and John is subsequently shut down from the early-afternoon into the evening every Father's Day when the show occurs each June.
299 Queen Street West served as the national broadcast headquarters for the 2007 Live Earth concert, with several CTVgm-owned media outlets and personalities collaborating to broadcast the live event nationally for 28 hours. The building served as the headquarters for CTV's multi-platform coverage of the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival in September 2007, acting as the launching pad of red carpet coverage, film parties, film premieres, festival breaking news, other related events. Various corporate divisions, such as eTalk, Star!, MuchMusic, MTV Canada, Bravo!, FashionTelevisionChannel and Canada AM, collaborated on the event coverage. Although acquired by Bell Media together with other CHUM entities, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission required CTVgm to sell Citytv Toronto and four other Citytv stations in Canada to Rogers Media in 2007. Since the Citytv signage at the front building was replaced with an eTalk logo.
Toronto Santa Claus Parade
The Toronto Santa Claus Parade branded as The Original Santa Claus Parade is a Santa Claus parade held annually on the third Sunday of November in Toronto, Canada. More than a half million people attend the parade every year. First held in 1905, it is one of the largest parade productions in North America, one of the world's oldest annual parades, its route is 5.6 kilometres long, spanning from Christie Pits along Bloor Street West, south on Avenue Road/Queen's Park Crescent/University Avenue to Front Street West, east along Front to St. Lawrence Market; the Toronto Santa Claus Parade was first held on December 1905 with just a single float. Sponsored by the Eaton's chain of department stores, Santa was collected at Union Station, delivered to the downtown Toronto Eaton's store; the parade attracted large crowds. For the 1913 parade, Eaton's brought in reindeer from Labrador to pull Santa's sleigh. Beginning in 1947, a recurring character, was seen each year in the parade. Punkinhead was a character in a series of storybooks sold by Eaton's.
By the 1950s the Toronto parade was the largest Santa Claus parade in North America, it is now one of the oldest annual parades in the world. Eaton's continued to pay for the paraded, used to promote its retail business; the company's Merchandise Display Department worked year-round at Eaton's Sheppard and Highway 400 service building to make costumes and build floats and mechanized window tableaux. From 1925 until the late 1960s the floats from the parade were reused in Montreal where Eaton's had been holding Santa Claus Parades since 1909; this arrangement was cancelled due in 1969 due to bombing threats by the Front de libération du Québec and did not resume until it was revived in the 1990s by Défilé du Père Noël, the downtown Montreal business association and is known in French as Défilé du Père Noël. Eaton's launched a Santa Claus Parade in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1909. Eaton's sold the Winnipeg parade to the Winnipeg Firefighters Club in 1965 and it has continued as a community parade to this day, but is now operated by the Winnipeg Jaycees.
Eaton's association with the parade ended in 1982 and led to the parade's demise. Metro Chairman Paul Godfrey spearheaded a "Save Our Parade" campaign, soon after a group of businessmen led by Ron Barbaro and George Cohon, with the help of 20 corporate sponsors, stepped in to save the parade. Cohon retired from the parade organization in 2014. Today the parade is funded by various corporate sponsors. In 1983, the Celebrity Clowns remains a tradition of the parade today. In 2011, the parade route moved its southbound leg from Yonge Street, via Dundas Street West, to Avenue Road, Queen's Park Crescent and University Avenue, thus ending the tradition of passing the Toronto Eaton Centre, once home to the parade's former sponsor. Eaton Centre, one of many parade sponsors, continues to host the pancake breakfast. From 1952 to 1981, CBC Television broadcast the parade; the parade aired on CFRB radio from the 1930s through the 1950s and on CBC Radio. CHFI-FM is the current radio broadcaster having taken over from CBC Radio in the 1980s.
In 1973, the parade received its first French-language television broadcast on Télé-Métropole. The broadcast was hosted by the puppets from the francophone children's series Pic. Global carried the parade in Canada and made its feed available in several other countries, including New Zealand and Norway by broadcasters owned by or affiliated with Global's parent company CanWest between 1984 and 2009. On April 6, 2010, it was announced that CTV had acquired the rights to the parade, with the telecast airing on CTV and CP24. In the United States, the Toronto Santa Claus Parade was one of several featured by CBS as part of its All American Thanksgiving Day Parade special, which featured coverage of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, as well as pre-recorded coverage from other major Christmas and Thanksgiving holiday parades in the United States. However, this aspect has since been dropped, the special has served as a telecast of the Macy's parade only. Streets around the downtown core are closed from 8:00 a.m. through afternoon of parade day.
While some parking is available, organizers encourage viewers to take public transit. GO Transit and Toronto Transit Commission's subway stations provide access to the parade route. Steve Penfold. A Mile of Make-Believe: A History of the Eaton's Santa Claus Parade. University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division. ISBN 978-1-4426-3098-7. Audrey Greer; the Santa Claus Parade Story: 100 Years of Great Parades in Toronto. J. B. Greer. Pp. 56–. ISBN 978-0-9781978-0-3. Media related to Toronto Santa Claus Parade at Wikimedia Commons Official website 1960'Eaton's Santa Claus Parade' Eaton's Santa Claus Parade History of the Toronto parade Global TV 2009 Santa Claus Parade site CBC Archives CBC Radio report from 1957 on the parade Eaton’s Toronto Santa Claus Parade, 1954, Archives of Ontario YouTube Channel
The Morning Show (Canadian TV series)
The Morning Show is a Canadian breakfast television show airing on Global. The program was first shown only on Global Toronto as a three-hour local morning show, but now serves as a national entertainment and lifestyle program; the program is hosted by Carolyn Mackenzie. It debuted on October 11, 2011, from a ground level storefront studio at the Corus Entertainment Building on 121 Bloor Street East in Downtown Toronto. On September 16, 2016, the show moved out of their Bloor Street Studio to the ET Canada studios; this was a temporary studio. The show moved to its new studios at Corus Quay on November 21, 2016. From its launch to March 1, 2019, The Morning Show served as Global Toronto's local morning news program from 6:00 to 9:00 a.m. followed by a half-hour segment broadcast nationally at 9:00 a.m. with a focus on entertainment and lifestyle topics. On March 4, 2019, the national program was expanded to a full hour, while the Toronto portion was relaunched as Global News Morning, with Antony Robart and Jennifer Valentyne serving as anchors.
The national edition kept The Morning Show name. The show was launched on October 11, 2011 with Liza Fromer, a co-host of Breakfast Television, Dave Gerry as co-hosts. Kris Reyes from CityNews was hired as'news anchor' reading the morning's news headlines and Daru Dhillon from CBC News as weather anchor; the show was called The Morning Show with Liza Fromer when it was launched, but the name was changed to The Morning Show. Dave Gerry and Daru Dhillon departed the show in mid-2012, which led Kris Reyes to leave the position of newsreader for co-host alongside Liza Fromer. In the place of Gerry and Dhillon, former ABC News reporter Antony Robart joined the show as newsreader and former MSNBC weathercaster Rosey Edeh joined as weather anchor along with her current duties as news anchor at Global Toronto and reporter at ET Canada. On June 5, 2013 Global Toronto's news anchor Leslie Roberts was announced as the co-host of the national edition of the show. Roberts resigned on January 15, 2015, following allegations of conflict of interest for promoting clients of his public relations firm on the air, including on The Morning Show.
On May 19, 2015, Jeff McArthur joined the show, replacing Kris Reyes, Antony Robart departed from the show and was replaced by former News Hour Final anchor Carolyn Mackenzie on June 1, 2015. On June 28, 2016, Global News announced that they had not renewed co-host Liza Fromer's contract when it expires at the end of the month. No replacement will be hired to fill the position. Carolyn Mackenzie took her place on the national edition; the show moved from its studios at 121 Bloor Street East in September 2016. A new studio for the show was built at Corus Quay, which began being used on November 21, 2016; as a temporary studio, The Morning Show used ET Canada's studio. On January 28, 2019, Corus Entertainment announced the expansion of the national edition of The Morning Show, extending the show's running time from half an hour to one hour beginning in early March 2019. On February 12, 2019, it was announced that the local edition of The Morning Show from 6am-9am would be rebranded as Global News Morning, following the naming-scheme of other Global morning shows across the country.
Additionally, hosts Jeff McArthur and Carolyn Mackenzie will move to the extended national edition of The Morning Show, while Global News at 11 co-anchor Antony Robart and former Breakfast Television host Jennifer Valentyne will become the anchors of Global News Morning, along with Liem Vu and Marianne Dimain. The changes took place March 4, 2019; the program includes discussions of trending topics between the hosts, interviews with celebrities and other guests, musical performances, lifestyle segments. New guests are brought in each day to talk about their lives, shows, or recordings that the guests may be promoting at the time; as a local morning program, The Morning Show included local news, weather and current events, as well as interviews and performances from guests. On December 12, 2012, it was announced that The Morning Show would be expanded in early 2013 to include an additional half-hour that would be broadcast nationally. In 2015, due to a centralization initiative, national news segments, anchored by Jeff McArthur, from the Toronto production began to be shown as part of local morning shows on Global Regina, Winnipeg and Halifax.
An "L-Frame" format was introduced on the show, alongside other Global News Morning programs nationwide, on June 5, 2018. The new format, similar to that of CP24 and CHCH Morning Live, allows viewers to see news headlines, business headlines and traffic the entire show; this format was present on the local edition of the program, but was never present on the national edition of the show. Antony Robart, now multi-market anchor of Global News at 11 for Global Toronto, Peterborough, Montreal and New Brunswick. Returning as host of Global News Morning starting March 4, 2019. Dave Gerry, now reporter for CTV News at Six Vancouver Daru Dhillon - general contractor and youtube home renovation host Leslie Roberts, resigned from Global in January 2015 due to allegations of potential conflict of interest. Contract was not renewed with Global Toronto. Now CEO of Micha Muse Media Liza Fromer - former morning co-host left the show in 2016 after contract not renewed In October 2016, Corus launched loca
CTV News is the news division of the CTV Television Network in Canada. The name CTV News is applied as the title of local and regional newscasts on the network's owned-and-operated stations, which are tied to the national news division. Local newscasts on CTV 2 are branded as CTV News, although in most cases they are managed separately from the newscasts on the main CTV network. CTV's national news division produces the following programs: CTV National News, the nightly newscast anchored by Lisa LaFlamme and Sandie Rinaldo. CTV News operates the national 24-hour news channel CTV News Channel and the 24-hour national business news channel Business News Network, both of which are available across Canada on cable and satellite; the news division produced the weekday morning news and entertainment program Canada AM from 1972 to October 2015, when responsibility for the program was transferred to Bell Media In-House Productions, the division responsible for CTV's other daytime lifestyle programming, until the program's cancellation in June 2016.
Canada AM's replacement Your Morning is produced by Bell Media In-House Productions, with news content provided by CTV News. In most markets, local CTV News programs air at noon, 6 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. on weekdays, at 6 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. / 11:30 p.m. on weekends. In selected markets, 5:00 and/or 5:30 p.m. newscasts are produced, several CTV stations in western Canada produce local morning newscasts under the title CTV Morning Live. In 1998, shortly following the merger of the CTV network with Baton Broadcasting, local news branding on the CTV O&Os was unified with network news presentation, with newscast titles standardized under the format " News", e.g. CFTO News for the Toronto station. By late 2005 the O&Os' local newscasts had been renamed CTV News. Beginning in February 2014, local programs were again rebranded using region-specific on-air titles such as CTV News Toronto. At the same time the CTV and CTV 2 O&O stations received a new graphics package, in a blue and white color scheme, a revised logo, new theme music.
National aggregate ratings published by BBM Canada refer to the local broadcasts collectively as CTV Evening News, CTV Late News, CTV Noon News, etc. although these titles are not used on-air. Since most CTV affiliates are owned by the network, CTV offers the opportunity to buy national ads on local programming across its O&Os, making these aggregate ratings useful for advertisers. Local CTV News programs are produced in the following markets: Barrie Calgary Edmonton Greater Sudbury Halifax Kitchener London Montreal Ottawa Regina Saskatoon Toronto Vancouver Victoria Winnipeg Windsor CTV O&Os in smaller markets air a newscast produced in one of the larger markets noted above, although some may produce a shorter local news insert aired during a break in the main market's program, some of these smaller stations produce their own noon newscasts. Bell Media's secondary A system, acquired through the purchase of CHUM Limited, operated in smaller markets produced similar local newscasts known as A News.
When the A system re-branded as "CTV Two" on August 29, 2011, the stations' newscasts switched to the CTV News branding because "CTV Two News" might be seen as connoting a second-class newscast. The CTV News broadcasts on the CTV 2 stations used the main CTV logo as their logo bug during these newscasts as did the main CTV network, but they use the regionally branded titles such as CTV News Barrie as is now the case for the CTV O&Os. Most of these stations are required to operate their local news operations separately from CTV stations serving the same or adjacent markets; this restriction does not apply to CTV Two Atlantic, a cable channel, co-owned with the CTV stations serving that region since its launch, or to CTV Two Alberta a cable-only channel, which produces a current affairs program, Alberta Primetime, using resources from that province's CTV stations. Affiliates not owned by the network air their own local newscasts, such as NTV, CITL-TV. Bell Media operates CP24, a regional news channel focusing on the Greater Toronto Area and most of Southern Ontario, acquired through its purchase of CHUM Limited, aligned with CITY-TV.
The channel airs news programs focused on the region, airs simulcasts of CFTO's 6:00pm and 11:30pm newscasts. CTV News has bureaus across Canada and around the world, but many were closed to cut costs and replaced with reporters sent to locations from the existing bureaus. A list of current bureaus: Halifax Bureau Chief: Todd Battis Montreal Bureau Chief: Geneviève Beauchemin Reporters: Vanessa Lee Ottawa Bureau Chief: Joyce Napier Senior Political Correspondent: Glen McGregor Chief Political Commentator: Craig Oliver Power Play Host: Don Martin Correspondents: Michel Boyer, Annie Bergeron-Oliver and Kevin G
9 Channel Nine Court
9 Channel Nine Court is an office and studio complex owned by Bell Media in the Agincourt neighbourhood of Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. The civic address of the complex refers to the over-the-air channel on which CFTO-TV, the building's original tenant, broadcast, it is located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Highway 401 and McCowan Road near the Scarborough City Centre. CTV Television Network started using the studio for CTV News's local Toronto broadcasts since the mid-1960s, while its head offices were located in Downtown Toronto until the studio's acquisition by CFTO's parent, Baton Broadcasting, in 1997, it is now home to CTV, its flagship station CFTO-DT, The Sports Network. It was the headquarters of CTVglobemedia and its predecessors until it was relocated to 299 Queen Street West in 2008 when it became Bell Media. In addition to CTV and CFTO, channels based at the Agincourt complex include: CTV News Channel TSN Discovery, its offshoot channels including Animal Planet among others.
The complex houses the master control facilities for several other CTV stations in Eastern and Central Canada, specifically: CJOH-DT Ottawa CKCO-DT Kitchener CFCF-DT Montreal CKY-DT Winnipeg CTV Northern OntarioCTV Two had its master control facilities moved here in 2011, housing the following stations: CKVR-DT Barrie CFPL-DT London CHWI-DT Windsor CHRO-DT Ottawa/Pembroke CTV Two Atlantic CTV Two Alberta In addition the building serves as the new home for the technical operations of Bell Media's all-sports radio station in Toronto TSN Radio 1050 which launched on April 13, 2011. From 2001 until early 2008, both TSN and its main competitor Rogers Sportsnet were based at the Agincourt complex. Sportsnet controlled by CTV before the latter's acquisition of TSN in 2000, had been based there since its launch in 1998, but did not move out after TSN moved in. Hence, when on-air hosts, such as Darren Dreger, moved from one channel to the other, it was referred to as "crossing the parking lot" or, less "crossing the street".
Some at Sportsnet had complained about feeling like "poor country cousins" to CTV and TSN at Agincourt. This peculiarity had been made light of by a couple of notable hosts on Rogers Sportsnet. Bob McCown, a radio host on Rogers-owned The Fan 590, had commented on his show Prime Time Sports that Sportsnet executives throw bottles across the street at the TSN studios. In addition, Sportsnet Connected anchor Sean McCormick had stated on-air that he drives to work with his wife, Jennifer Hedger, who anchors SportsCentre on TSN; this arrangement ended on April 30, 2008, when Rogers Sportsnet moved broadcast operations from the Agincourt complex to a new studio in the Rogers Building, a cluster of buildings in the Mount Pleasant-Jarvis Street area of Downtown Toronto. Alongside 9 Channel Nine Court, several other Bell Media properties are operated from other facilities in the Toronto area: Several other Bell Media television channels including those acquired from CHUM Limited— such as MuchMusic, Gusto, MTV2, CP24, BNN Bloomberg, Space, E! and Comedy Gold, are operated from 299 Queen Street West known as the'CHUM-City Building'.
This location serves as the current home of CTV's entertainment news program etalk, the corporate head office of Bell Media and the CFTO Downtown Toronto news bureau. Studios for Bell Media's radio channels including TSN Radio 1050, 104.5 CHUM-FM, Newstalk 1010 and 99.9 Virgin Radio are located at 250 Richmond Street West at Richmond and Duncan streets, adjacent to 299 Queen Street West. There is a bridge walkway that joins these two buildings together. CTV Television Network website CTV News website CTV Toronto
Kitchener–Waterloo Oktoberfest is an annual nine-day festival in the twin cities of Kitchener–Waterloo, Canada. Based on the original German Oktoberfest, it is billed as Canada's Greatest Bavarian Festival, is the second-largest Oktoberfest in the world, it is held every October, starting on the Friday before Canadian Thanksgiving and running until the Saturday after. Estimates indicate that the event attracts 700,000 visitors to Waterloo Region, Ontario every year. While its best-known draws are the beer-based celebrations, other cultural and entertainment attractions fill the week; the most well-known is the parade held on Thanksgiving Day. During the 2016 Oktoberfest parade, an estimated 150,000 people lined the streets along the route; the twin cities and the surrounding areas of Waterloo Region have a long history of German roots. Many of the Canadians of German ethnicity reside near these municipalities. Many still speak German as well. A common phrase at the celebrations is Gemütlichkeit, German for congeniality, or warm friendliness.
This word is programmed into the bus route displays, so during Oktoberfest it will show the route and Gemütlichkeit, or Willkommen. The festival's mascot is Onkel Hans, a rotund man in Bavarian dress with a thick moustache, a traditional felt hat with tassel, his graphical image shows him holding a beer stein in one hand, a sausage in the other. A lesser-known icon is his counterpart Tante Frieda, a stout woman wearing a dirndl. Another icon of the festival is Miss Oktoberfest; this position was selected in a televised beauty pageant, the applicant coming from across Waterloo Region. The position is now selected by a closed committee of judges from a panel of local applicants. Many celebrations in the festival take place in festhallen; the major festhalls are operated by the German clubs based in the cities: The Alpine Club of Kitchener. The Concordia Club of Kitchener, the largest ethnic German club in Canada. Hubertushaus, operated by the German–Canadian Hunting & Fishing Club of Mannheim; the Schwaben Club of Kitchener.
The Transylvania Club of Kitchener. Other festhalls and biergartens are operated out of existing bars and other venues in the cities, which take on Germanic names for the festival events. In 2010, festhalls opened for the first time in Elmira. Based on traditional Pennsylvania Dutch and local Mennonite Hex designs, the 24 Hex symbols under the eaves of the Timeteller were designed and painted by Kitchener artist Otto Werner. Single events that take place over the week include: Opening ceremonies – include an official keg-tapping to start the festival. University Nights – a night for local University students run by the local Sigma Chi fraternities. Buses run all night from University Avenue in Waterloo to the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium, where the event takes place. Traditionally, Wilfrid Laurier University's night is on Thursday and University of Waterloo's is on the Friday of the second weekend, however both nights attract students from both schools, as well as other nearby colleges. Oktoberfest Parade – bands, traditional dancers and revelry, down King Street in both cities.
Although it is marketed as a German festival, some do not consider Oktoberfest to be indicative of German culture in general. "The fact is, Oktoberfest in Germany is a localized festival. It is a Munich festival.... Celebrates only a "tiny aspect" of German culture ", according to German studies professor James Skidmore of the University of Waterloo. Beer festival
CTV National News
CTV National News is CTV's flagship newscast, which airs at 11:00 pm local time on the CTV stations across Canada. It airs on CTV News Channel, CTV's 24-hour cable news television channel, live at 10:00 pm Eastern—or 11:00 Atlantic, when the newscast begins its nightly run across the network—with hourly repeats until 2:00 am Eastern; the previous day's newscast can be seen on the Internet. The anchors are Lisa LaFlamme on weekdays, Sandie Rinaldo on weekends; the program is broadcast in High-Definition. LaFlamme succeeded longtime weekday anchor Lloyd Robertson during the second half of 2011, following Robertson's retirement. Substitute anchors include Rinaldo, Kevin Newman, Beverly Thomson, Ken Shaw, Dan Matheson, Scott Laurie, Marci Ien, Todd van der Heyden, Marcia MacMillan, Jon Erlichman and Omar Sachedina; the title CTV National News was used in the 1990s and early 2000s. The title CTV National News was reintroduced in 2008, because CTV News has become the name of both the national and local news on CTV owned-and-operated stations, although the banner continues to bear the title CTV News.
The newscast ran for 20 minutes. Prior to 1992, the newscast ran a perennial second in national news ratings to CBC Television's The National. In that year, its ratings jumped after the CBC's unsuccessful renaming of its newscast as Prime Time News. CTV National News became the top-rated newscast for the first time in its history. Local newscasts are never broadcast nationally. Stories from local stations that have national importance are taken from the local O&O, a'national reporter' re-does the story from a location hundreds or thousands of miles from the location of the story; the national reporter always mentions their name and location where they are based at the end of the story though that location is different from the location of the story. Until September 1998, CTV National News aired at midnight in the Maritime provinces; this was because CTV National News only produced one edition for the entire network, which aired live at 11:00 pm EST. When CTV Atlantic was purchased by Baton Broadcasting in 1997, one of the improvements was for CTV News to produce a second edition of the national newscast that would air in the Atlantic time zone at 11:00 pm.
CTV National News moved to its new time in September 1998. Various promotional ads have claimed it to be "Canada's #1 Newscast"; the three newscasts air at different times. CTV's claim to first place is based on a seven-day comparison of the newscasts' original broadcast-network airings. CTV National News is not the same as CTV Evening News, a title that appears in some national ratings reports and is sometimes erroneously associated with the 11:00 p.m. newscast. The Evening News is not a single newscast but the national aggregate of CTV O&Os' local 6:00 p.m. newscasts. The program was launched as CTV World News in 1961 from the studios of CJOH in Ottawa, it was presented by three anchors: Peter Stursberg and Peter Jennings. The anchor team changed a number of times over the first few years of broadcast, with Jennings as the sole constant. Other co-anchors included Ab Douglas. Larry Henderson, the former host of The National, was the show's international affairs analyst and weekend anchor for several years.
In the 1962-63 season, struggling to compete with CBC's more established CBC National News, CTV moved its newscast to 10:30, scheduling a variety show, for 10:55 p.m. The experiment lasted one season. Jennings left for ABC News in 1964, Harvey Kirck, Jennings' co-anchor since 1963, became the newscast's sole anchor. In 1976, CTV National News scored a major coup by hiring Lloyd Robertson, anchor of CBC's The National, as co-anchor with Kirck; when Kirck retired in 1984, Robertson became sole weekday anchor of the program, a position he held until 2011. For a time in the late 1970s and again in the early 1990s, Keith Morrison acted as weekend and substitute anchor and was considered Robertson's successor before a network shakeup resulted in his moving to NBC News. Since 1985, Sandie Rinaldo has served as weekend anchor. With a total of 40 years on two networks, Robertson was the second-longest tenured news anchor on English-language North American television, behind Dave Ward, the top anchorman at KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas from 1967 to 2017.
He was the longest-tenured network news anchor in North America, outlasting several long-standing anchors in the United States. On October 18, 2006, Robertson celebrated his 30th year as a CTV National News anchor. On July 8, 2010, Robertson announced that he would retire on September 1, 2011—his 35th anniversary at CTV; the following day, CTV announced Lisa LaFlamme, the network's chief international correspondent and Robertson's backup anchor since 2003, had been named as Robertson's successor. LaFlamme formally took over the program on September 2, 2011. CTV News CTV National News website CTV National News on IMDb