CTV Delivers Comprehensive Coverage of the 2008 Federal Election



    
        -   CTV is Canada's destination in the days leading up to the
       federal election, as well as Election Night, on CTV, CTV News,
      Star!, Bravo!, MuchMusic, MTV, Canada AM, eTalk, Question Period,
              Discovery Channel, CTV Newsnet, CP24 and CTV.ca -

       -   Extensive coverage begins tonight with Does Art Matter? at
       8 p.m. ET on Bravo!, followed by the English Language Debate at
                               9 p.m. on CTV -
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 2 /CNW/ - From the campaign trail to the voting booth, and
to the final count, CTV has got Canada covered with the most comprehensive
election coverage ever. It all begins tonight Thursday, October 2 with
Bravo!'s Does Art Matter? A Bravo! Election Special at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT,
with Arts & Minds and Canada AM host Seamus O'Regan moderating a town-hall
special discussing the state of arts in Canada with visual artists, musicians,
actors and voters. It is followed by the English language debate from 9 p.m.
to 11 p.m. ET on CTV (live to all time zones; visit ctv.ca to confirm local
broadcast times). In the coming days, CTV Inc. channels and programs will
cover everything election-oriented, from Daily Planet's analysis of the party
leaders' body language, to the etalk News Special: Politics and Fame on Star!,
which spotlights the curious relationship between celebrities and politicians.

    
    (xx) Media note: Download photos of CTV's 2008 Election Team at
    ctvmedia.ca.
    

    On Election Day, CTV News, featuring Canada's most-watched broadcaster
Lloyd Robertson, will serve as election central live on Tuesday, October 14
beginning at 9 p.m. ET (visit ctv.ca to confirm local broadcast times), as the
nation goes to the polls to choose the next Prime Minister.

    "Canadians know that they can turn to CTV when they want election
programming that covers all of the angles," said Susanne Boyce, President,
Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

    CTV's 2008 Federal Election coverage unfolds as follows:

    
    CTV News
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    CTV will carry the entire English language debate on Thursday, October 2
from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Moderated by Steve Paikin, the following Party
Leaders will appear in the debate: Prime Minister Stephen Harper of the
Conservative Party of Canada, Leader of the Opposition Stephane Dion of the
Liberal Party, Jack Layton of the New Democratic Party, Gilles Duceppe of the
Bloc Quebecois and Elizabeth May of the Green Party. Directly after the
debate, CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson will provide in-depth analysis
on the highs and lows of the parties and their platforms.

    On October 14, Canadians will turn to the most-respected news team in the
country, as CTV News offers the best national and local coverage, beginning at
9 p.m. ET (Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta), 7 p.m. ET
(Newfoundland), 7:30 p.m. ET (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and PEI) and 10 p.m.
ET (British Columbia).

    Lloyd Robertson anchors the night's coverage, with Craig Oliver providing
in-depth analysis. Supplying their opinions on how the election is shaking out
are Brian Tobin, former Liberal Cabinet Minister and former Premier of
Newfoundland; Sandra Buckler, former Director of Communications for Prime
Minister Harper; and Anne McGrath, NDP Party President, as well as analysts
Peter Donolo from The Strategic Counsel and Antonia Maioni from McGill
University. Lisa LaFlamme covers the key battleground ridings. Tom Clark, Mike
Duffy, Robert Fife, Graham Richardson, Roger Smith, Genevieve Beauchemin and
Rosemary Thompson will report from the candidates' headquarters across the
country.

    
    Canada AM
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    On Friday, October 3 from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, the morning after the English
language debate, Canada's most-watched national morning show, Canada AM will
dissect the party leaders' performance with the help of image consultant
Bernie Gauthier. He'll examine the style versus the substance in the debate -
and explore what's more important to voters: what the leaders say or what the
leaders do?

    On Election Day, Tuesday, October 14 from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, Canada AM hosts
Seamus O'Regan, Beverly Thomson, Marci Ien and Jeff Hutcheson will be posted
across the country, discussing the days' events as Canadians head to the
polls. The morning after, on Wednesday, October 15 from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, Canada
AM will recap the previous night's biggest stories, including interviews with
the candidates.

    
    Bravo!
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    Does Art Matter? A Bravo! Election Special

    Every government in power has either made cuts to the arts community, or
infused it with cash. In this town-hall special, hosted by Canada AM and Arts
& Minds' Seamus O'Regan, airing tonight at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Bravo!,
writers, musicians, actors, painters and voters come together to discuss the
state of arts in Canada. The panel includes artist Charles Pachter; Globe and
Mail columnist Russell Smith; actress Wendy Crewson; international opera star
Measha Brueggergosman; Jeff Melanson, artist and executive director of the
National Ballet School; and Susan McArthur, investment banker and board member
of Luminato, Canada's largest arts festival. Does Art Matter? encores
Saturday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 10 p.m. ET, Saturday, Oct.
11 at 6 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 12 at 6 a.m. ET and Tuesday, Oct. 14 at 11 a.m. ET.

    
    Discovery Channel
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    Daily Planet

    Why do humans choose the colour red over blue? How can we tell when a
politician is telling the truth? What does a politician's body language say
about them? Those are just a sample of the election-themed stories Daily
Planet will explore on Election Night, Tuesday, October 14 at 7 p.m. ET and 11
 p.m. ET on Discovery Channel.

    
    Star!
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    etalk News Special: Politics and Fame Politicians and celebrities make
strange - and often powerful - bedfellows. From JFK and the Rat Pack to Obama
and Oprah, etalk News Special: Politics and Fame examines the relationships
between politicians and their famous friends Thursday, October 9 at 9 p.m. ET
on Star!, and how celebs are playing an increasingly important role in the
political process.

    
    Question Period
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    Co-hosts Craig Oliver, CTV's Parliamentary Bureau Chief, and Jane Taber,
the Senior Parliamentary Writer in The Globe and Mail's Ottawa bureau are
joined by a host of pundits and the candidates themselves. Question Period,
airing Sundays at 11 a.m. ET on CTV is a must-see for political junkies, as it
analyzes the hot-button issues and political players throughout the election
campaign. Don't count on any of the typical Canadian niceties and politeness.
If there's drama and conflict in Canada's political theatre, you can expect to
see it played out on Question Period.

    
    MuchMusic
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    MuchonDemand MOD will cover the election story every Wednesday and Friday
at 5 p.m. ET until October 14.

    MuchNews Weekly

    The Top 10 issues that concern viewers most will be counted down, with
commentary from the Much VJs, Monday, October 13 at 9 p.m. ET.

    Be Loud on October 14

    MuchMusic VJs Hannah Simone and Devon Soltendieck break down the results
as they roll in on Tuesday, October 14 at 10 p.m. ET. Broadcasting live from
Much HQ with a studio audience, Much talks with young people about what the
results mean for them. Mobile and The Midway State perform.

    
    MTV
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    MTV Quick Chats

    Throughout the day, from Thursday, October 9 through Tuesday, October 14,
the MTV hosts discuss why it is important for viewers to vote.

    MTV News

    MTV News covers the federal election with the "Election Show" on
Thursday, October 9 at 6:30 p.m. ET. Aliya-Jasmine Sovani takes it to the
street and chats with everyday people about political issues affecting youth.
The "Election Show" includes party bios, comedian bumpers, prominent musicians
talking about politics and voting, and "Politics Made Sexy" with
Aliya-Jasmine.

    MTV Live

    Host Daryn Jones, along with Nicole Holness, talk all things election on
Tuesday, October 14 at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET. MTV Live Action News Team
reporter Paul the Intern gives the lowdown on Election Day.

    
    CTV Newsnet
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    CTV Newsnet is Canada's best source for breaking news on the federal
election, bringing Canadians every minute of the campaign. Complementing CTV
Newsnet's up-to-the-minute breaking news throughout the day, the channel's
evening schedule offers viewers extensive political insight and daily analysis
with Mike Duffy Live at 5 p.m. ET and Mike Duffy Live Prime Time at 8 p.m. ET.

    
    CP24
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    CP24, Toronto's breaking news channel, will have more wall-to-wall local
election coverage than any other station. With a focus on local ridings and
campaign coverage the GTA, CP24 will be talking directly to voters on-air, on
the street and online at CP24.com about the important issues facing Toronto.
CP24 will also be on the campaign trail, getting insight and analysis from
local candidates and the party leaders as Torontonians head to the polls on
Oct. 14.

    
    CTV.ca
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    CTV.ca will offer comprehensive online coverage of the election through a
special microsite as election.ctv.ca. This special site is the ultimate guide
for breaking news and updates in the changing political landscape - including
live streaming of CTV's election coverage starting at 10 p.m. ET - as well as
interactive tools such as the Pick Your Party quiz, Follow the Leader, a map
detailing what parts of the country the candidates are visiting, and the
latest election news sent to mobile phone users.

    
    About CTV
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    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 www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Jim Quan, CTV Inc., (416) 332-5311 or
jquan@ctv.ca; Alexis Hood, CTV News and CHUM Radio, (416) 332.4426 or
ahood@ctv.ca; Amber Nasrulla, Arts & Entertainment, (416) 591-7400 x 3004 or
amber.nasrulla@ctv.ca; Carolyn Fell Delamere, Discovery Channel, (416)
332-4603 or carolyn.fell@discovery.ca; Amy Doary, Much MTV Group, (416)
591-7400 x 2593 or amy.doary@muchmtv.ca; Eleni Tsokas, Much MTV Group, (416)
332-6893 or eleni.tsokas@muchmtv.ca


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