CTV Names The High-Flying Loonie as the Top Canadian News Story of 2007



    
    - Canada's Leading News Team Announces Top 10 Canadian News Stories
                                  in 2007 -

    - CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson is No.1 Newscast in 2007 -

    TORONTO, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - The historic rise of the Canadian dollar has been
named the Top Canadian News Story of the Year by CTV News. The announcement
was made this morning when Canada AM revealed CTV's Top 10 Canadian News
stories of 2007.

    Among the hundreds of news events CTV News covered in 2007, the dramatic
rise of the loonie was chosen as the year's top news story. The complete list
of Top 10 Canadian News Stories is as follows:

    1.  The high-flying loonie

        2.  Canadian casualties in Afghanistan
        3.  Media baron Conrad Black's legal saga
        4.  Chinese product recalls
        5.  The deadly, and controversial, use of tasers
        6.  The trial and conviction of Robert Pickton
        7.  The hunt for Canadian pedophiles in Thailand
        8.  RCMP shootings
        9.  Multiple births - sextuplets, quadruplets - recorded this year
        10. The scandal surrounding former prime minister Brian Mulroney
    

    The Top 10 Canadian News Stories were selected by an esteemed panel of
Canadian journalists led by CTV News' Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lloyd
Robertson.

    "While this has been a dramatic year filled with high-profile court
cases, manhunts and political upheaval, the remarkable rise of the Canadian
dollar stands out as the one story that caught the attention of all
Canadians," said Lloyd Robertson, CTV News' Chief Anchor and Senior Editor.

    Beginning on Sunday, December 23, CTV National News at 11 p.m. will
feature in-depth reports on each of the Top 10 Canadian News stories in the
days leading up to New Year's Day. CTV's team of top correspondents will take
a closer look at each of the major stories, reporting on recent developments
and examining the impact they will have on Canadians in the upcoming year.
These reports will also air the following day on CTV Newsnet.

    CTV.ca will have full year-end coverage to complement the CTV National
News rollout. A flash-based interactive calendar will review CTV's Top
Canadian News Stories for 2007, and will offer hundreds of clickable photo
highlights from the year's headlines. The website will also look ahead to the
major news headlines expected in 2008.

    The past year was extremely successful for CTV as Canada's leading news
organization. In 2007, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson continued to be
the No. 1 newscast for total viewers - both Mon-Fri and Mon-Sun - and
outperformed Global National and CBC's The National in the key advertising
demographics, Adults 18-49, and Adults 25-54 as well.(*)

    In addition to the highly successful audience numbers, Canada's No. 1
national newscast, CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson was named Canada's
Best Newscast by the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA). The
coveted award was just one of 10 RTNDA national and network awards and one
honorable mention for the CTV News Division - more than any other television
broadcaster.

    CTV News is Canada's most-watched news organization both locally and
nationally and has a network of national, international and local news
operations. CTV News operations include CTV Newsnet, BNN - Business News
Network, CP 24, Court TV and information programming, including CTV News with
Lloyd Robertson, Canada AM, W-FIVE, Question Period, Mike Duffy Live and The
Verdict with Paula Todd. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV
News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day
and is the number-one news organization in Canada.

    CTV, Canada's largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality
news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the No. 1
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.

    (*)BBM Nielsen Media Research Jan.1 to Dec. 9 2007.





For further information:

For further information: Greg McIsaac, CTV News, (416) 332-5180,
gmcisaac@ctv.ca


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