CTV Delivers the Most Comprehensive Coverage of the Federal Election Debates, Oct. 1 and 2

    - CTV is Canada's No. 1 source for election debate coverage, more than
    any other broadcaster, on CTV National and Local News, CTV Newsnet,
    Canada AM, CTV.ca and CP24 -

    TORONTO, Oct. 1 /CNW/ - There's no debating the facts: CTV is the
ultimate destination for breaking election news and comprehensive coverage of
the 2008 Federal Election Debates, tonight and tomorrow night. One of the most
important events in the campaign, CTV will deliver extensive, multi-platform
coverage of the debates on CTV, CTV Newsnet, CP24 and online at CTV.ca and
CP24.com. Leading up to the debates, CTV provides breaking news and
up-to-the-minute context of the issues. Afterward, CTV cuts through the
rhetoric to provide a clear picture of where each of the party leaders stand
on the issues that matter most to Canadians.

    Throughout the election campaign, CTV's award-winning 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, National Correspondent Lisa LaFlamme and veteran journalist and
political insider Mike Duffy.

    CTV's extensive election debate coverage is as follows:


    CTV News

    CTV will carry the entire English language debate on Thursday, Oct. 2 from
9 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET. Moderated by Steve Paikin, the following Party Leaders
will appear in the debates: 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.

    Canada AM

    On Friday, Oct. 3, 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?

    CTV Newsnet
    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. CTV Newsnet delivers complete comprehensive coverage of both the
French language debate on Wednesday, Oct. 1 and the English language debate on
Thursday, Oct. 2. The schedule for both evenings breaks down as follows:

    Wednesday, Oct. 1:
    7 - 8 p.m. ET - Mike Duffy Live Pre Debate Special
    8 - 10 p.m. ET - French Language Debate
    10 - 11 p.m. ET - Mike Duffy Live Post Debate Special
    11 - 11:30 p.m. ET - CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson

    Thursday, Oct. 2:
    8 - 9 p.m. ET - Mike Duffy Live Pre Debate Special
    9 - 11 p.m. ET - English Language Debate
    11 - 12 Midnight ET - Mike Duffy Live Post Debate Special
    12 Midnight - 12:30 a.m. ET - CTV National News With Lloyd Robertson

    On Thursday, Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. ET, CP24's Lorne Honnickman speaks with
local candidates about what they hope viewers will take away from the debate
while city councillors weigh in on what voters in the GTA are looking for from
the party leaders. Political analyst Stephen LeDrew joins in with his unique
perspective on debates and the political process, while communications expert
Allan Bonner explains what can go wrong for a debater who makes a misstep. The
Federal Leader's Debate will then run from 9 - 11 p.m. ET followed at 11 p.m.
ET with a one-hour post-debate special featuring an analysis of the leaders'
performances and a look at how issues affecting the GTA fared in the political
event of the season. During the debate CP24.com will conduct its own online
poll to determine which leader came out on top with Toronto voters and solicit
reaction to the debate on line.

    In addition to offering up-to-the-minute comprehensive online coverage of
the election campaign through CTV.ca's dedicated election site
election.ctv.ca, CTV.ca also will stream both the English and the French
language debates live through the CTV Video Player. Election.ctv.ca is the
ultimate online guide for breaking news and updates on the changing political
landscape. To help voters make an informed decision, CTV.ca offers 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. 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: 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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