CTV News Channel (Canada)
|CTV News Channel|
|CTV News Channel logo|
|Launched||October 17, 1997|
|Owned by||Bell Media|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV/16:9 Letterbox)
(1997-present, has aired in 16:9 Letterbox since 2012)
|Slogan||CTV News's 24 Hour Cable Channel|
|Formerly called||CTV News 1
|Website||CTV News Channel|
|Bell TV||Channel 501 (SD)
Channel 1562 (HD)
|Shaw Direct||Channel 391 (SD)|
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant TV||Channel 235 (SD)|
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 501 (SD)
Channel 1501 (HD)
|MTS||Channel 141 (SD)|
|Optik TV||Channel 92 (SD)
Channel 706 (HD)
|SaskTel||Channel 16 (SD)|
CTV News Channel is a Canadian English language Category C specialty channel. It is owned by Bell Media and is located at 9 Channel Nine Court in Toronto. CTV News Channel broadcasts news headlines, breaking news, and information on a 24 hour schedule.
In September 1996, CTV Television Network Ltd. (a division of CTV) was granted a broadcast licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for CTV N1, a national English language specialty television service that will broadcast "news, weather and sports reports, as well as business, consumer and lifestyle information," in a 'headline news' format on a 15 minute news wheel.
The channel was launched on October 17, 1997 as CTV News 1. As its licence suggested, the channel originally broadcast news and information on a 15 minute wheel, beginning a new cycle every 15 minutes using a pre-recorded, server-hosted configuration. Although, not long after its launch, however, it began covering more breaking news.
The channel began with its news anchors sitting at a desk which would periodically, while the anchor was not speaking, spin in a circle to change the background in front of which the anchor sat. This gimmick was criticized, and soon abandoned. The channel included a large on-screen news ticker that provided news updates, weather, sports scores, stock trading data, and more.
CTV progressively sought amendments to the channel's condition of licence restricting the channel to a 15 minute news wheel to allow greater coverage of breaking news, longer-form news-oriented discussion, and other programming, and was met with mixed decisions from the CRTC. On April 7, 2005, the CRTC removed the condition mandating a 15 minute news cycle, substituting new but much more liberal conditions including the allowance of a small percentage of airtime devoted to long-form discussion programming.
On August 22, 2005, CTV Newsnet unveiled a new, full screen format with a considerably smaller news ticker broadcasting only headline news, and revamped its late afternoon and prime-time programming, with increases to its anchor, reporting, and production teams, and a greater emphasis on general news from the main anchor desk, eliminating sports and business coverage. The network hoped to capitalize in part on the lockout which had nearly eliminated news programming on CBC Television (outside Quebec) and CBC Newsworld.
Before the 2005 format change, sports segments were co-branded with TSN, and business news with Report on Business Television (now Business News Network). Both share common ownership with CTV and Newsnet. Earlier in the network's history, weather reports were provided by The Weather Network, which is independently owned, and sports segments were once co-branded with Headline Sports, and then later by CTV Sportsnet, which CTV owned before it acquired TSN.
CTV Newsnet was renamed CTV News Channel on May 26, 2009, at the time no channel format or schedule change occurred.
On September 10, 2010, BCE (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD. The deal which acquired CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011 and closed on April of that year, CTVglobemedia was replaced by Bell Media on April 1, 2011.
On October 3, 2011, CTV News Channel unveiled its new weekday programming lineup which added three new news segments to the schedule (Direct, Express and National Affairs) and introduced four new news anchors.
On December 19, 2011, CTV News Channel underwent a major overhaul which consisted of a new logo, new on-air presentation designed by Troika Design Group, and a newly renovated studio set as the channel began production in high definition for the first time. An HD feed was launched on Bell Fibe TV in February 2012. The set still consists of the traditional CTV newsroom background.
- Express is co-anchored weekdays by Dan Matheson and Jacqueline Milczarek from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. noon EST and by Amanda Blitz and Todd van der Heyden from 2:00-5:00 p.m. EST
- Direct, anchored by Sandie Rinaldo, airs weekdays from 12:00-2:00 p.m. EST and by Marcia MacMillan from 6:00-8:00 and 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST
- National Affairs, co-hosted by Tasha Kheiriddin and Rudyard Griffiths (Mondays-Thursdays) / Scott Reid (Fridays), airs weekdays at 4:00 p.m. EST. At some point in either 2012 or in 2013, CTV News Channel no-longer airs the program.
- Power Play, Canadian public affairs television show hosted by Don Martin, airs weekdays at 5:00 p.m. EST (repeated at 8:00 p.m. EST)
- CTV News Weekend - Saturdays from 6:00-9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. and 8:30-10:00 p.m. EST + Sundays from 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and 6:00-10:00 p.m. EST
Along with CTV News Channel-originated newscasts, the channel also airs the following programs:
- Canada AM - weekday mornings from 6:00-9:00 a.m.
- CTV National News - weeknights at 10:00 p.m. (repeated all night, every night with CTV News Overnight)
- Question Period - Sundays from 5:00-6:00 p.m.
- and special coverage airing live on the CTV stations across Canada
On-air staff 
- Amanda Blitz - weekdays from 2:00-5:00 p.m. EST on Express
- Jennifer Burke
- Merella Fernandez
- Brad Giffen
- Rudyard Griffiths
- Todd van der Heyden - weekdays from 2:00-5:00 p.m. EST on Express
- Jeff Hutcheson - weekday mornings from 6:00-9:00 a.m. EST on CTV Canada AM
- Marci Ien - weekday mornings from 6:00-9:00 a.m. EST on CTV Canada AM
- Tasha Kheiriddin
- Lisa LaFlamme - weeknights at 10:00 p.m. EST on CTV National News
- Scott Laurie
- Jee Yun Lee
- Marcia MacMillan - weeknights from 6:00-8:00 and 9:00-10:00 p.m. EST on Direct
- Don Martin - weeknights from 5:00-6:00 and 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST on Power Play
- Dan Matheson - weekday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. noon EST on Express
- Jacqueline Milczarek - weekday mornings from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. noon EST on Express
- Kevin Newman - Sundays from 5:00-6:00 p.m. EST on CTV Question Period
- Craig Oliver
- Scott Reid
- Sandie Rinaldo - weekdays from 12:00-2:00 p.m. EST on Direct and weekends at 10:00 p.m. EST on CTV National News
- Sarika Sehgal
- Bev Thompson - weekday mornings from 6:00-9:00 a.m. EST on CTV Canada AM
- Jennifer Ward
- Todd Battis - Halifax Bureau Chief
- Genevieve Beauchemin - Montreal Bureau Chief
- Amanda Blitz - Toronto Correspondent
- Janet Dirks - Calgary Bureau Chief
- Avis Favaro - Medical Specialist
- Merella Fernandez - Toronto Correspondent
- Robert Fife - Ottawa Bureau Chief
- Alan Fryer - Toronto Correspondent
- Sarah Galashan - Vancouver Bureau Chief - left for CBC News Now in August 2012. Melanie Nagy is now Vancouver Bureau Chief
- Daniele Hamamdjian - Ottawa Correspondent
- Jill Macyshon - Winnipeg Bureau Chief
- Richard Madan - Ottawa Correspondent
- Victor Malarek - Toronto Correspondent
- Melanie Nagy - Toronto Correspondent
- Craig Oliver - Chief Political Correspondent
- Seamus O'Regan - Toronto Correspondent
- Lloyd Robertson - Chief correspondent (semi-retired; also the voice-over of CTV News Channel)
- Omar Sachedina - Toronto Correspondent
- Roger Smith - Ottawa Bureau Chief
- Mercedes Stephenson - Ottawa Correspondent
- John Vennavally-Rao - Toronto Bureau Chief
Foreign correspondents 
- Tom Kennedy – London Bureau Chief
- Janis Mackey Frayer – Beijing Bureau Chief
- Joy Malbon – Washington, D.C. Correspondent
- Ben O'Hara-Byrne – London Correspondent
- Martin Seemungal – Middle East Bureau Chief
- Tom Walters – Los Angeles Bureau Chief
- Paul Workman – Washington, D.C. Bureau Chief
CTV News Channel HD 
On December 19, 2011, CTV News Channel began broadcasting in high-definition, although an HD feed was not launched immediately until February 16, 2012, when CTV News Channel began carrying an HD feed. It is available on the co-owned Bell TV and Bell Fibe TV service, Telus Optik TV, and Rogers Cable on channel 494.
- "Decision". CRTC. 1996-09-04.
- CTV News 1 changes its name to CTV Newsnet The Record 1999-08-18
- CRTC 2005
- CTV news release 25 May 2009
- Bell Canada (2010-09-10). "Bell to acquire 100% of Canada's No.1 media company CTV". CNW Group. Retrieved 2010-09-10.
- CRTC approves BCE's purchase of CTVglobemedia
- CTV News Channel Invests In New Programs, Anchors; Revamps Format, Starting Today
- CTV News Channel Unveils New On-Screen Look Broadcaster Magazine 2011-12-19