CTV News Delivers Extensive Coverage of the Throne Speech and the Federal Budget, Jan. 26 & 27



    
      - Sandie Rinaldo joins CTV Newsnet beginning Monday, January 26 -
      - Lloyd Robertson anchors CTV SPECIAL PRESENTATION: BUDGET 2009 -
      - Jim Flaherty, Michael Ignatieff, Jack Layton, Rick Hillier, Jay
         Hill and David Miller are special guests on CTV coverage -
       - CTV Newsnet delivers wall-to-wall coverage of both the throne
                         speech and federal budget -
    - BNN presents special presentation ROADMAP TO RECOVERY: BUDGET 2009 -
     - CP24 delivers the breaking news from Parliament Hill that matter
                           most to Torontonians -
    

    TORONTO, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - As parliament resumes on January 26, the fate of
Stephen Harper's minority government hangs in the balance. CTV, CTV Newsnet,
CP24 and CTV.ca deliver complete live coverage of the throne speech on Monday,
January, 26 and the new federal budget on Tuesday, January 27.

    As Parliament Hill shifts into high gear, Sandie Rinaldo joins CTV
Newsnet on a permanent basis beginning Monday, January 26. This new role will
be in addition to her duties as weekend anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH
SANDIE RINALDO, co-host of W-FIVE and backup anchor for CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH
LLOYD ROBERTSON.

    "Sandie brings a great deal of experience, editorial muscle and stature
to our national all-news channel" said Robert Hurst, President of CTV News and
Current Affairs. "Her experience covering live events like the Gulf and Iraq
wars, the deaths of two popes and the fall of the Berlin Wall, will fit
perfectly with the live demands of CTV Newsnet."

    CTV's coverage of Monday's throne speech and Tuesday's budget begins each
morning at 6 a.m. with CANADA AM, followed by wall-to-wall coverage on CTV
Newsnet and CP24. On Monday, January 26, Sandie Rinaldo hosts the CTV NEWSNET
SPECIAL PRESENTATION: THRONE SPEECH, beginning at 1 p.m. On Tuesday, January
27, Lloyd Robertson anchors the CTV SPECIAL PRESENTATION: BUDGET 2009,
beginning at 4 p.m., live across the country. At 5 p.m. on both days, CTV
Newsnet's marquee political program, ON THE HILL, deconstructs both the throne
speech and the budget with guests including Liberal leadership candidate
Michael Ignatieff. CTV's coverage ends each night with the most-watched
newscast in the country, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON at 11 p.m.
(all times ET; visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).

    Also beginning Monday, January 26, CTV.ca delivers up-to-the-minute
breaking news on the throne speech and the federal budget with live streaming
video and an interactive feature that tracks the deficits and surpluses
throughout the past 20 years. Other special features include an analysis of
the GST. Visitors can find out whether federal finances would be in better
shape today had the GST not been cut.

    CTV's comprehensive television coverage breaks down as follows:

    
    Sunday, January 25
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    QUESTION PERIOD
    12 Noon (CTV)
    This week, QUESTION PERIOD is dedicated to the upcoming throne speech and
federal budget. Craig Oliver, CTV's Chief Political Correspondent and Jane
Taber, Senior Political Writer for The Globe and Mail in Ottawa speak with
some of Canada's top economists and get the inside story on the politics
behind the budget. NDP Leader Jack Layton also stops by and shares his party's
perspective on the upcoming budget including what he is hoping to see versus
what he is expecting.

    Monday January 26: Throne Speech
    --------------------------------

    CANADA AM
    6 to 9 a.m. (CTV and CTV Newsnet)
    CANADA AM speaks with Jay Hill, Leader of the Government in the House of
Commons about the upcoming throne speech and what Canadians might expect.

    CTV NEWSNET SPECIAL PRESENTATION: THRONE SPEECH
    1p.m. ET (CTV Newsnet)
    Dan Matheson anchors the hour leading into the throne speech with CTV's
Parliamentary Correspondent Graham Richardson live from Ottawa. At 2 p.m.
Sandie Rinaldo anchors her first live event for CTV Newsnet featuring live
coverage of the throne speech. After the speech, Rinaldo and Richardson
deliver analysis with guests including Michael Ignatieff, Rick Hillier, Former
Chief of the Defence Staff for Canadian Forces; Patricia Croft, VP and Chief
Economist of Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Inc. and Don
Drummond, VP and Chief Economist for TD Financial Group.

    CP24
    1:30 p.m. ET
    CP24, Toronto's destination for breaking news, goes live to Ottawa for the
throne speech at 1:30 p.m. Omar Sachedina reports live from Parliament Hill on
the news from the speech that Torontonians need to know about.

    ON THE HILL
    5 p.m./8 p.m. ET (CTV Newsnet)
    Canada's marquee daily political program deconstructs the throne speech
with analysis from guests across the political landscape.

    CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON
    11 p.m. (CTV; 10 p.m. on CTV Newsnet)
    Lloyd Robertson delivers the top news stories of the day with a focus on
the throne speech.

    Tuesday, January 27: Federal Budget
    -----------------------------------

    CANADA AM
    6 to 9 a.m. (CTV and CTV Newsnet)
    CANADA AM kicks off CTV's budget-day coverage. CTV's Ottawa Bureau Chief
Robert Fife and Jane Taber share their thoughts on what their sources reveal
Canadians can expect from the budget.

    CP24
    3 p.m.
    CP24, Toronto's destination for breaking news, goes live to Ottawa for the
federal budget. Omar Sachedina reports from Parliament Hill on how the new
budget will affect Toronto. Back in Toronto, CP24 delivers reaction from
Toronto Mayor David Miller, representatives from the city's social services
division as well as the Toronto business community.

    CTV NEWSNET SPECIAL PRESENTATION: 2009 BUDGET
     2 to 4 p.m. ET (CTV Newsnet)
    Sandie Rinaldo anchors this special presentation featuring expert opinions
on what Canadians can expect from the federal budget.

    ROADMAP TO RECOVERY: BUDGET 2009
    3:30 p.m. ET/12:30 p.m. PT (BNN)
    BNN's federal budget coverage puts all of the numbers in perspective with
anchor Kim Parlee and guest co-host Bill Robson, President and CEO of the C.D.
Howe Institute. Amanda Lang reports from Parliament Hill while Marty Cej gets
a Bay Street perspective from CIBC World Markets' Managing Director and Senior
Economist Avery Shenfeld and David Cockfield, a senior vice president with
Leon Frazer & Associates. Additional commentary comes from a stellar lineup of
guests, including Carlos Leitao from Laurentian Bank, ranked the number two
economist in the world; Jack Mintz, a member of the federal government's
Economic Advisory Council and Stephen Beatty, Managing Director of Toyota
Canada.

    CTV SPECIAL PRESENTATION: BUDGET 2009
    4 p.m. (CTV and CTV Newsnet)
    CTV broadcasts the federal budget in a special presentation anchored by
Lloyd Robertson. Craig Oliver and CTV's Ottawa Bureau Chief, Robert Fife,
report live from Parliament Hill on the reactions to the budget while Lisa
Laflamme, CTV's National Affairs Correspondent reports from Windsor, Ontario -
one of the economically hardest hit regions in the country. Guests include
Patricia Croft; Rick Hillier, Carol Taylor, Chair of the Canadian Economic
Advisory Panel, Antonia Maioni from McGill University and Jim Pattison,
Chairmen, Managing Director and CEO, The Jim Pattison Group.

    ON THE HILL
    5 p.m./8 p.m. ET (CTV Newsnet)
    Canada's marquee daily political program welcomes Finance Minister Jim
Flaherty who will share his perspective on the merits of the 2009 Budget.

    CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LLOYD ROBERTSON
    11 p.m. (CTV, 10 p.m. on CTV Newsnet)
    Lloyd Robertson delivers the top news stories of the day with a focus on
the federal budget. Lisa LaFlamme reports from Windsor, Ontario, while Craig
Olivier and Robert Fife report from Ottawa.

    Wednesday, January 28
    ---------------------

    CANADA AM
    6 to 9 a.m. (CTV and CTV Newsnet)
    CANADA AM reports on the reactions from the Liberals and the NDP to the
federal budget. Finance Minister Jim Flaherty also joins the program.

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For further information:

For further information: Alexis Hood, CTV News and BNN, (416) 384-4426
or alexis.hood@ctv.ca


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