CTV Atlantic

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This article is about a terrestrial television system. For the cable-only channel airing CTV Two programming, see CTV Two Atlantic.
"ATV (Canada)" redirects here. For the Bell Media-owned Canadian television system that has used the URL atv.ca from 2008 until 2011, see CTV Two.
CTV Atlantic
Type Broadcast television network
Country Canada
Availability Most communities in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island, also available nationally via satellite
Slogan The Maritimes Are Watching
Owner Bell Media
Key people
Mike Elgie - Vice President & General Manager
Launch date
September 1972
Former names
Atlantic Television System (ATV, 1972 - October 10, 2005)
Official website
CTV Atlantic

CTV Atlantic (formerly known as the Atlantic Television System, or ATV) is a system of four television stations in the Canadian Maritimes, owned and operated by the CTV Television Network, a division of Bell Media. Despite the name, it is not available on basic cable or analog in Newfoundland and Labrador even though that province is part of Atlantic Canada.

The CTV Atlantic stations are:

All four stations refer to themselves on air as CTV, not by their call letters. CJCB and CKCW simulcast CJCH for most of the day, but air separate commercials and local telethons. CKLT is a full repeater of CKCW. However, all four stations are separately licenced by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Station information and history is discussed in each station's own article.


The original ATV logo, used from 1972 to 1997.

CJCH was a charter CTV affiliate when it started in 1961. CJCB and CKCW were established as CBC Television stations in 1954. CKCW affiliated with CTV in 1969, adding sister station CKLT the same year. Between 1969 and 1976, CKCW's relay stations in Northern New Brunswick (Campbellton, Upsalquitch Lake and Newcastle (Miramichi), plus three relay stations in Quebec) carried a combined CBC/CTV schedule, becoming full relays of CKCW after CHSJ in Saint John, the CBC affiliate in New Brunswick, established its own relays in the area.

CHUM Limited, a Toronto broadcaster, bought CJCH in 1970, CJCB in 1971 and CKCW and CKLT in 1972. Later that year, it switched CJCB's affiliation to CTV and merged the four stations into the ATV system. Shortly afterward, CKCW opened a rebroadcaster in Charlottetown, making Prince Edward Island the last province to get CTV. In 1997, as part of a group deal, the ATV stations were sold to CTV.

ATV primary logo from 1997-2005

Although each station originally produced its own news and local programming in the beginning, they too were merged in the early 1980s. A side effect of this is that the newscasts often include stories about things like local politics that can be of little interest to viewers in other parts of the region, and a common complaint among residents of both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia is that CTV News focuses too much on the other province. However, CTV Atlantic has had some of the highest ratings of any local newscasts in Canada, although its presence and viewing audience is somewhat less in PEI mainly as a result of competition from CBCT in Charlottetown, which provides the province's only PEI-specific newscast.

On October 11, 2005, ATV was renamed "CTV Atlantic". Most other CTV owned-and-operated stations had been renamed the prior week.

Newscasts and regionally-produced programming[edit]

CTV Atlantic produces approximately 26 hours of local programming each week.

  • CTV News at 5 is CTV Atlantic's flagship early evening news magazine program.
  • CTV News airs weekdays at noon (on CTV Two Atlantic), 5:00 p.m, 6:00 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. and on weekends at 6:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. The flagship weekday 6:00 p.m. newscast was formerly known as the ATV Evening News while the 11:30 p.m. newscast was ATV News Nightside. The 5:00 p.m. newscast was formerly known as The ATV Evening News/CTV News: Live at 5. The noon newscast originally aired at 1 p.m. on ATV and was known as ATV News 1.
  • Until September 1998, ATV aired CTV National News at midnight, followed the ATV Late Evening News/Late News at 12:30 am. This was because CTV National News only produced one edition for the entire network, which aired live at 11 pm EST. When ATV was purchased by Baton in 1997, one of the new improvements was for CTV News to produce 2 editions of the National News with one that would air in the Atlantic time zone at 11 pm. CTV National News moved to its new time in September 1998. The late news became ATV News Nightside and was moved to 11:30. The Atlantic Time Zone edition of CTV National News is also simulcast on CTV News Channel.[1]
  • CTV Atlantic also produces a version of CTV Morning Live, which airs weekdays 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. on CTV Two Atlantic.
  • Mass for Shut Ins airs every Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and it is filmed at CJCB Sydney and produced by CTV Atlantic and the Diocese of Antigonish. It has aired on CTV Atlantic since 1963.

All news programs are produced in 16:9 high definition as of July 13th, 2014 at CJCH's Robie Street studio in Halifax. CTV News also has news bureaus in Charlottetown, New Glasgow, Saint John, Fredericton and Moncton.

News/system presentation[edit]

Newscast titles[edit]

  • ATV News 1 (1 p.m. newscast; mid-1980s - 1998)[2][3]
  • ATV Evening News (6 p.m. newscast; 1972–2005)
  • ATV Late Evening News (late newscast; 1972–mid-1980s)[4]
  • ATV Late News (late newscast; late 1980's - 1998)[5][6]
  • ATV News Nightside (11:30 p.m. newscast; 1998–2005)
  • ATV Evening News/CTV News: Live at 5 (5 p.m. news magazine; September 28, 1982 - July 26th, 2012)

CTV Atlantic slogans[edit]

  • "Part Of Your Life" (1990-1997)
  • "The Maritimes Are Watching" (2000–present)
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News team[edit]


Weather team

  • Cindy Day - chief meteorologist; weeknights at 5, 6 and 11:30 p.m., also weeknight 5 p.m. fill-in anchor


  • Marie Adsett - Halifax bureau reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Ana Almeida - arts and entertainment reporter (Section 6 segment on CTV News at 5)
  • Todd Battis - CTV National News Atlantic Bureau chief
  • Jayson Baxter - Halifax bureau reporter; also main fill-in host for CTV News at 5
  • David Bell - Moncton bureau reporter
  • Suzette Belliveau - Halifax bureau reporter
  • Andy Campbell - Fredericton bureau reporter
  • Mike Cameron - Saint John bureau reporter
  • Amanda Debison - Halifax bureau reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Ashley Dunbar - Saint John bureau reporter
  • Jacqueline Foster - Halifax bureau reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Rick Grant - Halifax bureau senior reporter
  • Alyse Hand - Halifax bureau reporter; also fill-in weekend news and weather anchor
  • Gena Holley - Halifax bureau reporter; also fill-in anchor
  • Ryan MacDonald - Sydney bureau reporter
  • Jonathan MacInnis - Moncton bureau reporter
  • Dan MacIntosh - New Glasgow bureau reporter
  • Nick Moore - Moncton bureau reporter
  • Kyle Moore - Sydney bureau reporter
  • Priya Sam - Halifax bureau reporter
  • Ron Shaw - Halifax bureau reporter
  • Kelland Sundhall - Halifax bureau reporter; also fill-in news anchor
  • Dan Viau - Charlottetown bureau reporter
  • Matt Woodman - Halifax bureau reporter; also fill-in anchor

Former on-air staff[edit]

  • Marsha Andrews - weather (moved to Vancouver, early 1980s)
  • Ricky Anderson - weekend sports anchor
  • MairiAnna Bachynsky - reporter/host of "The Scene" entertainment segment on Live At 5
  • Dina Bartolacci - reporter
  • Nicole Brown - reporter
  • Greg Boone - reporter
  • Dr. Stewart Cameron - weather anchor/Live At 5 health reporter
  • Nicolle Carlin - reporter (later with CBAT, now at CBZF-FM in Fredericton)
  • Glen Carter - reporter/fill-in anchor (now at CJON St. John's)
  • Jill Chappell - reporter (now at CIHF-TV)
  • Elizabeth Chiu - reporter/Weekend anchor (now at CBHT Halifax)
  • Joanne Clancy (Stefanyk) - reporter/fill-in anchor/news anchor for Breakfast Television (now senior news producer for CTV Atlantic)
  • Yvonne Colbert - co-host of Live At 5/"On Your Side" reporter (now Senior Weekend News Producer for CBC Television in the Maritimes)
  • Peter Coade - meteorologist (now at CBHT)
  • Jodi Cooke - reporter/fill-in anchor (now at CJON St. John's)
  • Sally Cummings - reporter
  • Lindsey Deluce - reporter/fill-in anchor (now at CP24 in Toronto)
  • Starr Dobson - former host & producer CTV News at 5 (Live @ 5) (now President of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia)
  • Anne Drewa - reporter/fill-in anchor (now at CHAN-TV in Vancouver)
  • Lane Farguson - reporter
  • Terry Glecoff - anchor of the early and late ATV News (1977-1979)
  • Bruce Graham - anchor of the ATV Evening News (later at CIHF-TV, now retired)
  • Jonathan Gravenor - weekend co-anchor/reporter ( Now lives in Australia )
  • Paul Greene - reporter (now at CIXN-FM in Fredericton)
  • Paul Hollingsworth - sports and part-time Halifax bureau general assignment reporter; also Atlantic Canada correspondent for TSN (now with Communications Nova Scotia)
  • Jeff Harrington - reporter (now at CICI-TV in Sudbury, Ontario)
  • Fred Hutton - reporter only seen of CTV National News (now at VOCM)
  • Tiffany Hussey - reporter
  • Bill Jessome - reporter/fill-in anchor/host and creator of Maritime Mysteries (died in 2013)
  • Phonse Jessome - reporter/anchor of ATV News 1 (now at CBHT in Halifax)
  • Jonathan Kay - reporter/fill-in anchor (now producer, CTV National News in Toronto)
  • Linda Kelly - reporter (now at CBHT)
  • Toby Koffman - reporter
  • Ron Kronstein - co-host of Live at 5 (currently at CIHF-TV)
  • Janice Landry - weekend co-anchor/reporter
  • Laura Lee Langley - co-host of Live At 5 (later at CIHF-TV, now out of television)
  • Kate Letterick - reporter (now with CBC News)
  • Paul Lethbridge - Sports Director
  • Garreth MacDonald - reporter (currently Communications & Special Events Director, Hockey Nova Scotia)
  • Randy MacDonald - Sydney bureau reporter
  • Peter Mallette - weekend anchor/reporter/senior news producer
  • Phil McLaughlin - weekend meteorologist
  • Dan McLellan - reporter
  • Bill McKay - anchor of ATV News 1 and late evening news
  • Paul Mennier - sports anchor for/co-host of Live at 5
  • Bruce Nesbit - reporter
  • Erin O'Halloran - reporter
  • Mark Patrone - reporter (now a commissioner for the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission)
  • Heather Proudfoot - reporter (died in 2007)
  • Paul Pickrem - reporter
  • Sarah Plowman - Moncton bureau reporter
  • Martin Poirier - Charlottetown bureau reporter
  • Nancy Regan - co-host of Live at 5
  • Liz Rigney - former co-host of Breakfast Television, reporter and "Take 5" entertainment reporter on Live at 5 (now CTV Atlantic's head of community relations and promotions)
  • Kelly Ryan - reporter (later with CIHF-TV, now with CBC in Vancouver)
  • Peter Ryan - reporter
  • Tina Simpkin - meteorologist; news updates during Canada AM and weekday mornings CTV Morning Live on CTV Two Atlantic, CTV News at Noon on CTV Two Atlantic also was a weekday fill-in meteorologist
  • Connell Smith - reporter (now at CBD-FM in Saint John)
  • Eric Sorensen - New Brunswick News Director/anchor (currently Washington D.C. bureau chief for Global National)
  • Janet Stewart - reporter/weekend & fill-in anchor (later at CIHF-TV, now at CBWT Winnipeg)
  • Laverne Stewart - reporter
  • Alex Vass - reporter
  • John Waterman - anchor of ATV LateNews/reporter/news anchor for Breakfast Television (now at CKBW-FM and CJHK-FM in Bridgewater)
  • Steve Weagle - meteorologist (now at WPTV in West Palm Beach, Florida)
  • Dave Wright - anchor of the ATV Evening News/original host of Live at 5 (died in 2011)
  • Richard Zurawski - meteorologist (now at CHNI-FM, CJNI-FM and CKNI-FM)


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