CTV News Montreal
||It has been suggested that this article be merged into CFCF-DT. (Discuss) Proposed since April 2013.|
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (April 2012)|
|CTV News Montreal|
Title screen, 2011–present
|Also known as||Pulse News (1961–2001)
CFCF News (2001–05)
|Presented by||Mutsumi Takahashi
Caroline van Vlaardingen
|Country of origin||Canada|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original channel||CTV Montreal|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||January 20, 1961– present|
Since its first broadcast on January 20, 1961, CTV News Montreal has been known by various other titles and presented by various anchors throughout the years; one of its most acclaimed anchors includes Bill Haugland, who worked for the news operation for over 40 years. Its current anchors include Mutsumi Takahashi and Paul Karwatsky, who present the noon and evening editions on weekdays. Catherine Sherriffs currently operates the late night edition, and Caroline van Vlaardigen presents the weekend edition.
- 1 History
- 2 Reporters
- 3 Specialists
- 4 Segments
- 5 Slogans
- 6 Website
- 7 Notes
- 8 References
1961–2001: Carte Blanche and Pulse News
CTV News Montreal debuted under the title of Pulse News on January 20, 1961. Prior to the nightly airing of the newscast, a newsmagazine titled Carte Blanche would air for one hour, with Jimmy Tapp as the host leading the way into the studio followed by the first sports director Brian MacFarlane, and first news anchor Art Leonard. It aired for ten years until 1971. Don McGowan was a meteorologist for Pulse News for many years, and gained popularity among viewers for various other jobs at the station. Dick Irvin was sportscaster and sports director for nearly three decades, debuting in 1962 and remaining until his retirement in 1991. Beginning in 1977, longtime reporter Bill Haugland stepped up as a lead anchor for the evening edition, and Mutsumi Takahashi joined as co-anchor in 1986.
2001–present: CFCF News and CTV News
Beginning in 2001, CTV News Montreal was no longer known as Pulse News; the name officially changed to CFCF News after the station was purchased by Bell Globemedia. During the four years of that title, Takahashi and Haugland remained as the lead evening anchors. In 2003, reporter Tarah Schwartz became the lead anchor of the weekend edition, and Debra Arbec became the lead anchor of the late night edition. In February 2005, reporter Todd van der Heyden joined Schwartz as co-anchor of the weekend edition. On October 3, 2005, CFCF News changed its title to simply CTV News. In 2006, Haugland announced that he would be retiring; his last newscast aired on November 30, 2006 after 29 years of being the lead anchor of CTV News Montreal. Schwartz and van der Heyden remained as the lead anchors of the weekend edition, and Arbec also remained as the late night anchor.
Currently, CTV News Montreal produces 19 newscasts each week, with a noon, evening and late night edition. Takahashi is currently the lead anchor of the evening edition; after Haugland's departure veteran reporter Brian Britt stepped up as co-anchor. In 2008, Britt announced he too was retiring, and his last newscast aired on July 24, 2008. Shortly after Britt's departure he was replaced by weekend anchor Todd van der Heyden. After van der Heyden became the lead co-anchor of the evening edition, reporter Paul Karwatsky took his place on the weekend edition starting in 2009.
In May 2011, Arbec announced that she was leaving CTV News Montreal for a position at CBC Montreal. Various other reporters filled the void left by Arbec for the remainder of May and then June 2011. It then announced that former CJAD announcer Catherine Sherriffs would become Arbec's permanent replacement on July 4, 2011. After three years of being a lead co-anchor, van der Heyden announced in December 2011 that he would step down at the end of the month to become an anchor at CTV News Channel in Toronto. Karwatsky was hired as an interim fill-in while a replacement was found, however it was announced in January 2012 that Karwatsky would become van der Heyden's permanent replacement. In June 2013, it was announced that Tarah Schwartz would be temporarily vacating her position as lead anchor of the weekend addition for personal reasons; reporter and substitute anchor Caroline van Vlaardingen was named her temporary replacement.
Current lead anchors
- Mutsumi Takahashi (weekdays 1986–present)
- Paul Karwatsky (weekends 2009–12, weekdays 2012–present)
- Tarah Schwartz (weekends 2003–present; currently on leave)
- Caroline van Vlaardingen (weekends 2013–present)
- Catherine Sherriffs (late nights 2011–present)
Former lead anchors
- Andrew Marquis (1970s)
- Ron Reusch (1970s)
- Bill Haugland (weekdays 1977–2006)
- Brian Britt (weekdays 2006–08)
- Debra Arbec (late nights 2003–11)
- Todd van der Heyden (weekends 2005–09, weekdays 2008–11)
- Annie DeMelt - general assignment reporter
- Laura Casella - general assignment reporter
- Derek Conlon - general assignment reporter
- Kevin Gallagher - general assignment reporter
- Stephane Giroux - legislative affairs reporter (1994–present)
- Kevin Gould - online reporter
- Nadine Ishack - Sunday Bite feature reporter
- Maya Johnson - general assignment reporter
- Tania Krywiak - general assignment reporter
- Anne Lewis - general assignment reporter
- Amy Luft - online reporter
- Rob Lurie - general assignment reporter
- Christine Long - entertainment reporter for What's On
- Mose Persico - feature reporter for Mose at the Movies; host for Reel to Real and Entertainment Wrap featurettes
- Camille Ross - general assignment reporter
- Aphrodite Salas - general assignment reporter
- Mark Shaloub - general assignment reporter
- Cindy Sherwin - general assignment reporter; also fill-in anchor
- Caroline van Vlaardingen - current investigative/consumer reporter for On Your Side[note 1]
- Don McGowan
- Lori Graham (weekdays 1997–present)
- Lise McAuley (weekends 2000–present)[note 2]
- Randy Renaud (substitute)
- Dick Irvin (1962–91)
- Randy Tieman (1986–present)
- Brian Wilde
- André Corbeil
- Paul Graif
- Ted Bird (columnist for Bird's Eye-View)
Talkback Montreal is a daily segment presented by the lead evening anchors. A poll is taken in which a question is asked to the viewers and they are encouraged to vote yes or no by calling the toll-free number on the screen or by going online to the CTV Montreal website.
On Your Side
Currently, On Your Side is hosted by Caroline van Vlaardingen. This segment follows van Vlaardingen as she investigates local legal issues involving restaurants, nail salons and apartment buildings and gets the defendant's side of the story. Previously, the segment has been hosted by Tania Krywiak and Todd van der Heyden.
What's On is hosted by Christine Long, and follows her as she covers what is going on in entertainment in Montreal. Long is usually at the scene after a movie premiere or concert to get the inside story on what happened for the segment so viewers can go out and view it themselves. Typically, What's On can be seen on Friday evenings to accommodate the upcoming weekend.
Mose at the Movies
Mose at the Movies is hosted by its namesake Mose Persico. This segment follows Persico as he gives viewers news on upcoming films, interviews various celebrities and also gives his reviews on films currently in theatres. Persico also hosts the featurettes Reel to Real and Entertainment Wrap.
Sunday Bite is hosted by either Nadine Ishak or Aphrodite Salas. This segment follows the host as they recommends different foods and restaurants to viewers in Montreal as well as food-shopping tips, eateries and cooking methods. The segment can be seen typically on Sunday evenings, hence its title.
Postscript is hosted by executive producer Barry Wilson, and is an editorial segment in which Wilson expresses his points of view to viewers on current events. Postscript can be seen on the noon and evening newscasts on Fridays.
Sports Extra is presented by the sports anchor of that evening and shows the top stories in the sports world, usually these stories follow hockey, football, baseball and others.
Randy's Rookies is hosted by its namesake, sports anchor Randy Tieman. In this segment, Tieman finds local athletes who have made impacts in the community and presents their story on the newscast. Typically, Randy's Rookies can be seen on Wednesday evenings.
Bird's Eye-View is hosted by columnist Ted Bird. In this editorial segment, Bird presents his opinions and "eye-views" of everything in the sports world. Typically, Bird's Eye-View can be seen on Monday evenings.
The Engels Angle
The Engels Angle is hosted by sports writer Eric Engels, as he expresses his views on the world of hockey; Engels also writes for CTV Montreal's Habs Hub, reports for XM Radio's NHL Home Ice and is an announcer for TSN Radio 990.
CTV News Montreal has used various slogans over the course of years since 1961.
- More to See (1961–81)
- Taking You to the Stars (1981–82)
- It's All Happening Right Here (1983–84)
- Twelve's the One (1984–85)
- Just Look! Look What's Here on 12 (1985–86)
- More On 12 (1986)
- Stand Up and Tell 'Em Montreal's Great! (1986–89)
- Great Things Going On (1989–93)
- 10, 20, 30 Years...It Seems Like Yesterday (1991, thirtieth anniversary celebrations)
- The 1 2 Watch (1993–97)
- Montreal's 1 2 Watch, CFCF 12 (1997–2001)
- Montreal's One To Watch, CTV (2001–05)
- Montreal's Watching CTV News (2005–present)[note 3]
- Caroline van Vlaardingen also acts as a substitute anchor for the late night edition.
- Lise McAuley also acts as a substitute for Lori Graham on weekdays.
- Although this slogan is no longer used to promote other programming, it is still used for news purposes.
- "Paul Karwatsky announced as new co-anchor of CTV News Montreal at Six". Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Catherine Sherriffs - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
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- CTV Montreal (January 6, 2011). "Blasts from the Past". CTV Montreal News. Retrieved December 20, 2012.
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- "CTV Montreal celebrates 50 years on air". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Mutsumi Takahashi - Co-anchor of CFCF News Program". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Tarah Schwartz - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Debra Arbec - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Montreal Icon Bill Haugland Retires - TO411 Daily". 25 October 2006. Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Todd van der Heyden - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Paul Karwatsky - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Debra Arbec joins CBC Montreal Team - Montreal - CBC News". 11 May 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Catherine Sherriffs to take over anchor's chair for CTV Late News". Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Todd van der Heyden has left the building - CTV Montreal". 2 December 2011. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Paul Karwatsky named co-anchor of flagship newscast - CTV Montreal". 18 January 2012. Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- Fagstein (June 14, 2013). "Caroline van Vlaardingen in the big chair". Fagstein Blog. Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- "Stephane Giroux - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Lori Graham - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Lise McAuley - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Randy Tieman - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "CTV's Brian Wilde Previews Habs 2011-12". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "CTV Montreal: About Us". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "Bird's Eye-View - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 20 April 2012.
- "CTV Montreal: Talkback Montreal Polls". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "On Your Side - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "On Your Side: 2009-2010". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Christine Long - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "What's On - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Mose Persico - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Mose at the Movies - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Nadine Ishak - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Aphrodite Salas - CTV Montreal". Retrieved November 10, 2013.
- "Sunday Bite - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "CTV Postscript - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Sports Extra - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Randy's Rookies: Gabriel Chancy, volleyball". 18 April 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Randy's Rookies: Hayley and Shannon Blake, gymnasts". 25 January 2012. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Bird's Eye-View - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 21 April 2012.
- "Bird's Eye-View: Is Gauthier an evil genius?". 31 October 2011. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "Bedell's Blitz - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "The Scrum - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 22 April 2012.
- "The Engels Angle - CTV Montreal". Retrieved 22 April 2012.