The Campaign Has Begun: CTV Delivers Canada's Most Comprehensive Federal Election Coverage Ever



    
               -- Canada's No.1 Choice for Election Coverage --
    -- CTV is Canada's ultimate Election headquarters, more than any other
     broadcaster, on CTV National and Local News, CTV Newsnet, Canada AM,
                             CTV.ca and CP24 --
     -- CTV.ca launches special campaign micro-site, www.election.ctv.ca --
    

    TORONTO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ - When Prime Minister Stephen Harper called the
election last Sunday, Canadians turned to CTV for live breaking coverage.
Today, on the heels of CTV's election call specials, including an exclusive
sit-down interview with PM Stephen Harper, the network announced the most
comprehensive election coverage package ever in the network's history. From
the dramatic Leaders' Debates scheduled for October 1 and October 2 to a
gripping election night on October 14, CTV offers more channels, more
programming, more reporters and more sheer resources devoted to the federal
election than ever before. CTV's award-winning news teams will deliver
multi-dimensional and extensive coverage of campaign events across CTV, CTV
Newsnet, CP24 and online at CTV.ca.

    "CTV was Canada's No.1 news choice for the election two years ago, and is
once again coordinating all of its broadcast and online resources to be the
first place Canadians turn for all their election news," said Robert Hurst,
President of CTV News. "In what is going to be an exciting campaign race,
CTV's plans include extensive daily coverage, the latest poll results, expert
analysis and interviews with the candidates. We'll also be speaking with
voters across the country about the issues that matter most for the October 14
vote."

    CTV's esteemed team of political journalists is in place to provide
Canadians with the all-important context and analysis. Leading the way is
CTV's Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lloyd Robertson, Chief Political
Correspondent Craig Oliver, Ottawa Bureau Chief Robert Fife, Weekend Anchor
Sandie Rinaldo, National Correspondent Lisa LaFlamme, Washington Bureau Chief
Tom Clark (on assignment for the Canadian election) and veteran journalist and
political insider Mike Duffy.

    CTV's extensive election coverage is as follows:

    
    CTV
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    CTV News

    With Lloyd Robertson at the helm every weeknight, joined by a team of
veteran election reporters and special guest interviews, CTV National News
With Lloyd Robertson will deliver nightly coverage of the campaign until the
election.

    Across the country, CTV's local news teams will be providing a local
perspective as candidates prepare to canvass their ridings. Local CTV News
reporters will cover the issues at community levels to find out first-hand
what is important to voters in this election.

    Canada AM

    Canada's most-watched national morning show, Canada AM, kicks-off Voicing
Your Vote - the theme of its multi-dimensional and interactive election
coverage that will provide voters with the information they need to make an
informed decision on election day. Each week, everyday Canadians will air
their concerns on topics most important to them, and get a response from the
parties vying for your vote.

    Canada AM will provide multiple perspectives on the hot-button topics of
the campaign, as well as giving viewers a chance to voice their opinions
online at CTV.ca.

    Throughout the election, Canada AM will broadcast Breakfast with the
Leader, a sit-down exclusive interview with each of the four federal party
leaders, who will talk about their party's platforms and take questions
directly from Canadians.

    More details on all of Canada AM's Voicing Your Vote segments and start
dates are to be announced.

    
    CTV Newsnet
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    With around-the-clock live coverage and exclusive interviews with the
leaders and newsmakers of the day, 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 analysis with Mike Duffy Live, at 5 p.m. ET and Mike
Duffy Live Prime Time at 8 p.m. ET every weekday.

    
    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 in the GTA, CP24 will be talking directly to voters on-air
and on the street to see what the most important issues facing Toronto are in
the upcoming election. CP24 will also be on the campaign trail, getting
insight and analysis from local candidates and the party leaders before
Toronto goes to the polls on October 14.

    
    CTV.ca
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    CTV.ca will offer comprehensive online coverage, with up-to-the-minute
election news, exclusive videos and an interactive guide to the campaign with
a special microsite at election.ctv.ca. This special election site is the
ultimate guide for breaking news and updates on the changing political
landscape. To help voters make an informed decision, CTV.ca will offer
interactive tools such as Pick Your Party, an online interactive quiz, Follow
The Leader, a detailed map of which communities the candidates are visiting
across the country, as well as the latest election news sent to mobile phone
users. Other CTV.ca features include detailed information on party promises
and platforms, an election blog from campaign contributors, including Chief
Political Correspondent Craig Oliver, the popular Poll Tracker feature and
extensive video from the campaign trail every day.

    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. CTV owns 21 conventional
television stations across Canada and has interests in 15 specialty channels,
including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by
CTVglobemedia, Canada's premier multi-media company. More information about
CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Alexis Hood, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4426 or
ahood@ctv.ca; Beth Lockley, CTV Inc., (416) 332-4583 or blockley@ctv.ca

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