CTV News logo (2013-present)
|Headquarters||Toronto, Ontario, Canada|
|Key people||Wendy Freeman, President|
|Parent||CTV Television Network|
CTV News is the news division of the CTV Television Network in Canada. The name CTV News is also applied as the title of local and regional newscasts on the network's owned-and-operated stations (O&Os), which are closely tied to the national news division. Local newscasts on CTV Two are also 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 (weekdays) and Sandie Rinaldo (weekends);
- Canada AM, a weekday morning news and entertainment program;
- W5, a weekly newsmagazine series;
- Question Period, a weekly news and interview series.
CTV News also 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.
As of February 2014, Local programs use regionally-branded titles such as CTV News Toronto on the air, at the same time the CTV and CTV Two O&O stations received a new graphics package, which are in blue and white color scheme, new logo (similar to the ones already in use on CTV News Channel and CTV National News), along with new theme music. 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, and at 6 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. or 11:30 p.m. on weekends.
National aggregate ratings published by BBM Canada refer to the local broadcasts collectively as CTV Evening News, CTV Late News, CTV Noon News, etc. 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 (CKVR)
- Calgary (CFCN) (in HD)
- Edmonton (CFRN) (in HD)
- Greater Sudbury (CICI)
- Halifax (CJCH / CTV Two Atlantic) (in HD)
- Kitchener (CKCO)
- London (CFPL)
- Montreal (CFCF: CTV News Montreal) (in HD)
- Ottawa (CJOH / CHRO) (in HD)
- Regina (CKCK) (in HD)
- Saskatoon (CFQC) (in HD)
- Toronto (CFTO) (in HD)
- Vancouver (CIVT) (in HD)
- Vancouver Island (CIVI)
- Winnipeg (CKY) (in HD)
- Windsor (CHWI)
CTV O&Os in smaller markets air a newscast produced in one of the larger markets noted above, although some may also produce a shorter local news insert aired during a break in the main market's program, and some of these smaller stations produce their own noon newscasts.
Bell Media's secondary A system which was acquired through the purchase of CHUM Limited, and operated primarily in smaller markets (or alternate areas of larger 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, likely because "CTV Two News" might be seen as connoting a second-class newscast. The CTV News broadcasts on the CTV Two stations previously used the main CTV logo as their logo bug during these newscasts as with the main CTV network, but now they bear the regionally branded titles such as CTV News Barrie on their logo bugs like the CTV's O&O stations. Most of these stations are nevertheless 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 which has been co-owned with the CTV stations serving that region since its launch; their news operations have been fully integrated since 1998. (Such restrictions also do not apply to CTV Two Alberta, also 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 also air their own local newscasts, such as NTV (which despite dropping CTV's entertainment programming in 2002, still provides coverage of Newfoundland for CTV News and airs its national newscasts), and CITL-TV (which airs "Newcap News", a production shared with its sister station, private CBC affiliate CKSA-TV).
Bell Media also operates CP24, a regional news channel focusing on the Greater Toronto Area and most of Southern Ontario, which was acquired through its purchase of CHUM Limited, and formerly aligned with CITY-TV. The channel airs news programs focused on the region, and currently 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 (most recent being the ones in Moscow and Kampala) and replaced with reporters sent to locations from the existing bureaus.
A list of current bureaus:
In 2008, the CTV News website introduced My News, a citizen journalism feature allowing for citizens to upload their images or videos relating to current events. Viewers may also upload media for any station or program.
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- "Bell Media’s /A\ Network to Become "CTV Two" This Fall". Bell Media Media Centre. Retrieved 30 May 2011.
- "MyNews.CTVNews.ca". CTV News. Retrieved 2008-11-29.