Canada's Top Local Anchors Gather in the Nation's Capital for CTV's Celebration of Local News, April 15

    -- Thirty-five CTV and A-Channel Anchors to be Acknowledged in the House
    of Commons --

    TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ - Canada's most recognized and accomplished local
news anchors will gather in the Nation's Capital on Tuesday, April 15 as CTV
and A-Channel officially celebrate the accomplishments of local news. This
will be the first gathering of its kind, with 35 of Canada's top television
journalists being acknowledged in the House of Commons and then feted at a CTV
and A-Channel celebration in downtown Ottawa.

    Some of Canada's most popular journalists will participate in the
celebration, including CTV Ottawa's Max Keeping, CTV Atlantic's Steve Murphy,
A-Channel Vancouver Island's Hudson Mack and CTV's National News Chief Anchor
and Senior Editor Lloyd Robertson. All of the anchors will participate in a
tour of Parliament Hill and attend the House of Commons during Question
Period. They will then join CTV's official celebration of local news with
hundreds of special guests and dignitaries at the Metropolitain Brassierie
restaurant in downtown Ottawa.

    "Our anchors represent the efforts of hundreds of journalists working
each and every day to tell Canadians the stories of their local communities,"
said Robert Hurst, President of CTV News and Current Affairs. "It's wonderful
to have all of them together on what will be a truly special day."

    Local news remains the most prominent news source for Canadians regarding
their communities, and Canadians overwhelmingly turn to CTV's local evening
newscast at 6 p.m. for their daily news. Every evening, more than 1.5 million
viewers(*) on average tune in to CTV local evening newscasts across the country
- regularly making it one of the Top 10 programs nationally on Canadian

    BBM Nielsen Media Canada data confirms that CTV's and A-Channel's
regularly scheduled newscasts reaches an overwhelming 30.3 million Canadians
each year(xx) - similar to the entire English-speaking population
(99.3 per cent) in the country.

    "Every day we hear from our viewers about how important local news is in
their hometown communities," said Richard Gray, Head of News, A-Channels. "Its
also appropriately fitting, given our long histories of local service, to work
with CTV on what will be the first ever gathering of this kind in Canada."

    This week, CTV and A-Channel's evening newscasts will continue to feature
a series of special local reports that spotlight how local news has impacted
their communities over the years. Viewers can see the dozens of special
reports from the local stations across Canada online at

    (*) BBM Nielsen Media Research, Viewers 2+, 08/27/07 - 3/28/08

    (xx)Source: BBM Infosys, Viewers 2+, 2006-07 season 8/28/06-8/26/07.

    About CTV:
    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the
number-one national newscast, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson, and is
the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTVglobemedia Inc. is Canada's
premier multi-media company which owns CTV Inc. and The Globe and Mail. CTV
Inc. also owns radio stations across the country, and leading national
specialty channels. Other CTVglobemedia investments include an interest in
Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, and in Dome Productions, a North American
leader in the provision of mobile high definition production facilities. More
information about CTV may be found on the company website at

    About A-Channel
    A-Channel Barrie/Toronto, Ottawa, Victoria/Vancouver, London, Windsor and
Wingham serve viewers with locally-focused programming and strong community
involvement, with an emphasis on local evening news and local updates on their
daily morning shows. A-Channel tells the stories residents most want to see:
critically acclaimed programming, breaking news, issues that affect daily life
and all of the great things happening in their hometown communities. A-Channel
is owned by CTV Limited, a division of CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier
multi-media company.

For further information:

For further information: Greg McIsaac, CTV News, (416) 332-5180 or; Alexis Hood, A-Channel, (416) 332-4853 or

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