Devon Soltendieck Announced as New Reporter for CTV's ETALK

- Soltendieck joins Canada's #1 Entertainment News Series August 26 -

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TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Just in time for its leading coverage of the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival® and the launch of its 12th season, CTV announced today that Devon Soltendieck joins ETALK as the new reporter for Canada's most-watched entertainment series. Joining ETALK in its mission to profile and nurture Canadian talent, shine a spotlight on home-grown music, film, fashion and television, and provide a unique Canadian lens for international entertainment news, Soltendieck joins anchors Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, senior reporter Danielle McGimsie, and fellow reporters Lainey, and Traci Melchor. Soltendieck makes his ETALK debut Monday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).

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"As we near the end of our historic, record-breaking 11th season, ETALK is thrilled to welcome Devon to the team," said Morley Nirenberg, Director of Production/Executive Producer, ETALK. "With his pop culture acumen, intelligence, huge passion for Canadian stories, and diverse experience in both entertainment and news, Devon is a perfect addition to the ETALK family."

"This is an opportunity of a lifetime, and I am honoured to be representing ETALK," said Soltendieck. "It's a privilege to work with such a talented and successful team, and I can't wait to begin this new chapter in my career."

Approaching a decade of national TV and radio experience, Soltendieck has been part of several award-winning Canadian productions since beginning his television career at the age of 18. At MuchMusic, Soltendieck spent several years as the host of MUCH NEWS, LIVE@MUCH, the annual MMVAs, and a highly rated weekly national radio countdown show. In 2010, he moved from entertainment to the world of broadcast news, becoming an anchor and reporter for CP24, Toronto's only 24-hour news network. In addition to his new role with ETALK, viewers can also catch Soltendieck as the host of POP QUIZ, the new fast-paced, pop culture testing game show set to premiere on E! this fall.

Devon joins Canada's #1 entertainment team, which over the past decade has written a recipe for success by highlighting Canadian content and providing Canadian context to international entertainment news. Over the past 11 seasons, ETALK has taken the lead in supporting home-grown productions, talent, and Canadian events across the nation, promoting Canadian stars of arts, entertainment, music, fashion, and sport.

Instrumental in the successful launch of Canadian game-changers CANADIAN IDOL, CORNER GAS, and FLASHPOINT, ETALK has gone on to support the Canadian television industry through coverage of homegrown TV series such as Global's BOMB BIRLS and ROOKIE BLUE; CBC's CRACKED, BEING ERICA, MURDOCH MYSTERIES, and DRAGON'S DEN; City's CANADA'S GOT TALENT; CTV's MOTIVE, SAVING HOPE, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, SATISFACTION, and THE LISTENER; as well as BITTEN and ORPHAN BLACK (Space); DEGRASSI (Much); DONUT SHOWDOWN and CHUCK'S DAY OFF (Food Network); LIFE WITH BOYS (YTV); MATCH GAME (Comedy); NEVER EVER DO THIS AT HOME (Discovery); LOVE IT OR LIST IT (W); and THE NEXT STEP (Family Channel), among many, many more.

ETALK provides extensive coverage of Canadian film festivals and events, including TIFF, VIFF, Whistler, Reel World Film Festival, the Citylife Film Project, and recently profiled Canadian films The Right Kind of Wrong, Antiviral, Goon, Fondi '91, Midnight Sun, and more. ETALK is an ardent supporter of the Canadian music industry, profiling Canadian artists throughout the year, as well as through extensive coverage of THE JUNO AWARDS, the SOCAN Awards, Polaris Music Prize, Canadian Music Week, and the MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS. ETALK also regularly provides widespread coverage of significant Canadian cultural events such as The Giller Prize, Canada's Walk of Fame inductions, WGC Screenwriting Awards, DGC Awards, Canadian Screen Awards, WE DAY, the Fashion Week (Toronto and Montreal), Just For Laughs, Montreal Grand Prix, The Grey Cup, Toronto Film Critics Awards, Toronto Pride, Canadians at Sundance and Comic-Con, Fan Expo, and more.

ETALK kicks off its 12th season beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. ET with its extensive coverage of the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival®, running from September 5 to 15, 2013.

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About ETALK
Hosted by Ben Mulroney and Tanya Kim, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMYs® to the JUNO Awards, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became Canada's first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET (check local listings) on CTV and at 6 p.m. ET on E!.

About CTV
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 12 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at ctv.ca.

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For further information:

Jacqui VanSickle, CTV & CTV Two, 416.384.5091 or Jacqueline.vansickle@bellmedia.ca
Matthew Almeida, CTV & CTV Two, 416.384.2629 or matthew.almeida@bellmedia.ca
Carolyn Fell, CTV & CTV Two, 416.384.2817 or carolyn.fell@bellmedia.ca