CTV National News
|This article relies largely or entirely upon a single source. (June 2009)|
|CTV National News|
Current title screen, September 30, 2013–present
|Format||National and International News|
|Created by||Charles Lynch
|Presented by||Lisa LaFlamme (2011–present; weekdays)
Sandie Rinaldo (1985–1989, 1991–present; weekends)
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||October 1, 1961 – present|
CTV National News is CTV's flagship newscast, which airs at 11:00 p.m. local time on the CTV stations across Canada, and live at 10:00pm ET, with repeats hourly up until 2 a.m. ET on CTV News Channel, CTV's 24-hour cable news television channel, and the previous day's can be seen on the Internet. The current anchors are Lisa LaFlamme on weekdays, and Sandie Rinaldo on weekends. The program is also broadcast in High-Definition.
The title CTV National News was rarely used in the 1990s and early 2000s; weeknights, the program was called CTV News with Lloyd Robertson and on the weekends, CTV News with Sandie Rinaldo. 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 O&O stations, although the banner currently continues to bear the title CTV News.
Lisa LaFlamme is currently the program's main weekday anchor, after taking over for Lloyd Robertson during the second half of 2011, following Robertson's retirement. Other substitute anchors include Rinaldo (for weekday broadcasts), Beverly Thomson, Ken Shaw, Dan Matheson, Scott Laurie and Omar Sachedina.
Originally running only 20 minutes, the newscast was expanded to a full half-hour in the 1980s.
Various promotional ads have claimed it to be "Canada's #1 Newscast" (consistent with CTV's boasts of itself as being "Canada's #1 Network"); however in recent months, it has faced competition with Global Television Network's Global National and CBC News' The National in the ratings even though the three newscasts air at different times (Global National at 5:30 p.m., The National at 10:00 p.m., and CTV National News at 11:00 p.m.). 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 in fact not a single newscast but the national aggregate of CTV O&Os' local 6:00 p.m. newscasts. (All networks have their O&Os' local newscasts aggregated for national ratings purposes.)
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 Baden Langton and 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, Network, for 10:55 p.m. The experiment only lasted a single season.
In 1976, CTV National News scored a major coup by hiring Lloyd Robertson, previously anchor of The National (aka CBC National News), 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 likely successor before a network shakeup resulted in his moving to NBC. Since 1985 (except for a brief period from 1990 to 1991), 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 (network or local), second behind Dave Ward, who's been an anchor at KTRK in Houston, Texas since 1967. He was the longest-tenured network news anchor, outlasting several long-standing anchors in the United States. On October 18, 2006, Robertson celebrated his 30th year as a CTV National News anchor. (Jim Lehrer had presented The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer since its inception in 1975, beating Robertson by almost a year, but he only presented as a sole anchor of the programme from 1995 until 2011.)
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, had been named as Robertson's successor. LaFlamme formally took over the program on September 2, 2011.
- Charles Lynch (1961) (co-anchor)
- Peter Stursberg (1961) (co-anchor)
- Baden Langton (1962–1964) (co-anchor)
- Ab Douglas (1962–1964) (co-anchor)
- Peter Jennings (1961–1964) (co-anchor)
- Harvey Kirck (1963–1984, chief anchor from 1964 onward)
- Lloyd Robertson (1976–2011, chief anchor from 1984 onward)
- Sandie Rinaldo (1985–1989, 1991–present) (weekends)
- Keith Morrison (1990) (weekends)
- Lisa LaFlamme (2011–present)
- "LaFlamme to replace Robertson as CTV news anchor". Toronto Star, July 9, 2010.
- Jul 02, 2003 - Anchor away: Journalist Keith Morrison has found success south of the border by Ned Powers
- "Lloyd Robertson announces retirement". CTV News. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 9, 2010.