– Graham begins new role on Canada's #1 entertainment news series today –
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TORONTO, Jan. 5, 2015 /CNW/ - New year, new ETALK! CTV announced today that Danielle Graham is the new Co-Anchor of ETALK, Canada's most-watched entertainment news program. Formerly an ETALK senior reporter, Graham begins her new role alongside Anchor Ben Mulroney tonight, as they get ready to kick off ETALK's exclusive awards season coverage. Graham will be front and centre for all the action with the biggest stars in the world, starting with THE 72nd ANNUAL GOLDEN GLOBE® AWARDS, airing live across the country Sunday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CTV (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings). ETALK's Graham will be positioned alongside Mulroney as the only Canadian outlet to have an exclusive platform on one of the biggest red carpets of the year.
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"Since Danielle joined the ETALK team in 2007, she has become an essential part of the team, and its continued success as the #1 entertainment news series," said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, Bell Media Production. "Her wit, extensive pop culture knowledge, and rapport with some of the biggest names in entertainment makes for a seamless transition to this new role."
"It's such an honour to become co-anchor of a show I love so much," said Danielle Graham, Co-Anchor ETALK. "A big thank you to everyone behind the scenes at ETALK, and to all our viewers for their support over the years. I'm so excited for what's to come!"
With close to a decade of national TV experience, Danielle Graham's charming personality has put her face-to-face with some of Hollywood's biggest stars, covering high-profile events both here at home, and around the world. In recent years, Graham has interviewed the likes of Ben Affleck, James Franco, Robert Downey Jr., Jennifer Aniston, Beyoncé Knowles, and most recently Taylor Swift. Graham has also made her mark on red carpets around the world including the Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF), Sundance Film Festival, the Independent Spirit Awards, Elton John's annual post-Oscar® bash, and THE 65th PRIMETIME EMMY®AWARDS. Graham was also the first ETALK reporter to go on the road with the CTV smash-hit THE AMAZING RACE CANADA during its inaugural season, and co-hosted THE AMAZING RACE CANADA after-show, INSIDE THE RACE.
Graham got her start in broadcasting in 2001 working at various broadcasters before making her on-camera debut on YTV's weekly music countdown show THE HIT LIST prior to joining Bell Media in 2005 as an entertainment reporter for STAR! DAILY. She officially joined the ETALK team in 2007 as a reporter, and was promoted to Senior Reporter in 2013. Born and raised in Guelph, Ontario, Danielle Graham graduated from Seneca College with a diploma in Radio and Television Broadcasting.
Front and center of all the red carpet action, CTV's ETALK brings viewers exclusive GOLDEN GLOBE® access, as well as a dedicated lounge backstage for one-on-one interviews. ETALK Anchor Ben Mulroney and Co-Anchor Danielle Graham, plus L.A. correspondent Jessi Cruickshank deliver exclusive red carpet coverage, and interviews from the ETALK backstage lounge. Then, ETALK dishes on the night's best moments and the post-show party circuit with ETALK's GOLDEN GLOBE® coverage airing Monday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO (visit CTV.ca to confirm local listings).
Up 16% with total viewers this fall season, ETALK remains Canada's #1 entertainment news program and currently averages nearly 700,000 viewers each night. ETALK has also continued to see growth over ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT CANADA (Global), leading by +76% with total viewers, as well as +84% A18-34, +101% A18-49, and +91% A25-54. ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times).
In addition to Anchor Ben Mulroney, Danielle Graham joins fellow reporters Lainey, Traci Melchor, and Devon Soltendieck on ETALK's mission to profile and nurture Canadian talent, shine a spotlight on home-grown music, film, fashion, and television, and provide a unique Canadian lens for international entertainment news. ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV and CTV GO, and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on CTV Two (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Following their television broadcast, ETALK highlights are also posted on CTV.ca and CTV GO.
Anchored by Ben Mulroney, and Co-Anchored by Danielle Graham, Reporters Lainey Lui, Traci Melchor, Devon Soltendieck, and L.A. Correspondent Jessi Cruickshank, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE®, and JUNO Awards, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became the first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK is produced by Bell Media Production, and Morley Nirenberg is Director of Production/Executive Producer. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, Programming, CTV Networks. Phil King is President - CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV Two, at 6:30 p.m. ET on E!, and is available live on the CTV GO App and on demand following the broadcast at etalk.ca and on CTV GO (check local listings). More information about ETALK can be found at etalk.ca, as well as on Facebook and @etalkCTV.
Source: Numeris (BBM Canada). ETALK: Sept. 2 – Dec. 7, 2014, final data. Same weeks last year.
SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:
Ben Mulroney – @BenMulroney
Danielle Graham – @DanielleGraham
Lainey – @LaineyGossip
Traci Melchor – @stayfabulous
Devon Soltendieck – @DSoltendieck
Jessi Cruickshank – @JESSI
CTV is Canada's #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada's most-watched television network for the past 12 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio and digital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network's website at CTV.ca.
For further information: please contact: Allie Page, CTV Networks, 416.384.4596 or Allie.Page@bellmedia.ca