Legendary CTV Weather Specialist Dave Devall Announces Plans to Retire



    
                 -Tom Brown replaces Devall on CTV NEWS AT 6-

               -Viewers can send in personal messages and video
                       to Dave.CTV.ca beginning today-

         -Tune into CTV Toronto to catch celebrity guests, hilarious
               tributes and special segments dedicated to Dave-
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    TORONTO, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Wiarton Willy predicted six more weeks of winter
today, but even he couldn't predict this! Dave Devall, one of North America's
longest-serving Weather Specialists with 48 years of service, has been a
regular guest in Toronto living rooms since CFTO first went on air and
nationally on CTV Newsnet for the past 10. After cryptic promos teasing his
big announcement in last night's SUPER BOWL broadcast, Dave announced tonight
on CTV NEWS AT 6 that he will officially retire as CTV Toronto's Weather
Specialist on April 3. Viewers can still catch Devall when he returns to CTV
Toronto for special events and to occasionally fill in for colleagues. Tom
Brown, Weather Specialist for CTV NEWS AT NOON, will replace Devall.

    
    (xx) Media Note (xx) Download photos of Dave Devall and the CTV Toronto
    Weather Team at ctvmedia.ca
    

    "I've always said that I'll retire when I get it right and I think that
I've finally done it!" said Devall of his pending retirement. "I am very
excited to start this new chapter and I'm certain that Tom will do a great
job. I hope that he gets a very warm reception from Torontonians."
    "Everybody loves Dave Devall," said Paul Rogers, SVP of CTV Toronto. "Two
generations grew up watching him on television. Now it's time to show Dave how
much he means to us."
    Throughout the next few months, CTV Toronto will count down Devall's
final days on air with tributes, stories and special events. Celebrity guests
will also drop by the studio to test their mettle as CTV Toronto Guest Weather
Specialists.
    Dave.ctv.ca is the No.1 source for information on Dave Devall. Check out
the photo gallery, featuring pictures of Dave throughout the years; articles
and video tributes from familiar faces across the GTA. Viewers wanting to wish
Devall the best in his retirement can post messages or video clips directly to
the site, or try their hand at Dave's trademark, writing backward on the
interactive sketch pad.

    About Dave Devall:

    Devall was born, raised and educated in Toronto. While studying Radio and
Television Arts at Ryerson, he also served in the Royal Canadian Air Force
(RCAF) where part of his training centered on meteorology. In 1956, while
still a student, he worked at CFPL-TV and then moved to CFRB where he worked
from 1957-1958. After graduating in 1958, he worked at CHEX-TV in
Peterborough. When CTV Toronto launched in 1961, Devall auditioned with 2,000
other hopefuls; he was one of six people hired as a broadcaster.
    His enthusiasm for meteorology is unwavering, which he credits to his
time in the RCAF. In an era when job-hopping every few years is the norm,
Devall has stayed on the same beat for over four decades. He says, "It is
never the same 2 days in a row. I like variety." Growing up, Devall wanted to
be a commercial pilot. In fact, he holds a private pilot's license and
frequently jumps into a Cessna to observe and videotape weather phenomena and
conditions.
    A member of the World Meteorological Organization, Devall hones his
forecasting skills by regularly attending weather conferences throughout North
America. He is always working to further his understanding and knowledge of
meteorology and climatology in areas such as severe storm forecasting, ozone
studies, UV interpretation and air, land, and sea pollution. After 48 years of
service, Devall continues to stay at the forefront of weather science.
    In February of 2007, Devall was made an honorary colonel of the Canadian
Forces Squadron 436 at CFB Trenton.

    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 & Entertainment Ltd., 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: Alexis Hood, Communications Manager, CTV News,
(416) 384-4426 or alexis.hood@ctv.ca


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