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VANCOUVER, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - CTV British Columbia announced today that Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart are the new anchors of CTV News at Six. The familiar CTV news personalities begin their new roles on Monday, January 3, 2011.
"Mike and Tamara are the perfect combination to take our newscast into the future," said Tom Haberstroh, Vice-President and General Manager, CTV British Columbia. "Both are already huge viewer favourites and well-respected throughout the community."
"Co-anchoring CTV NEWS AT SIX in my hometown is truly a privilege, something I've dreamed of since before broadcasting school," said Killeen. "I'm really excited to be anchoring with Tamara. Along with CTV's incredibly talented team of reporters, editors, camera operators and producers, we will deliver BC's best newscast every night."
"This opportunity is by far the most exciting challenge of my career," said Taggart. "Vancouver is my hometown: to get to do this in the city I love is an honour. The best part is that I get to share this experience with Mike, who is not only a great journalist but a good friend."
** Media Note: Photos of Mike Killeen and Tamara Taggart can be downloaded at CTVmedia.ca
The final new member of the CTV NEWS AT SIX team will be announced in the coming days.
About Mike Killeen
Mike Killeen has played a prominent role as CTV's Vancouver 2010 Reporter, where for six years he reported on the countdown to Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games live from Salt Lake City, Prague, Singapore, Torino, and of course, British Columbia. During Vancouver 2010, Killeen co-anchored CTV NEWS: OLYMPIC EDITION live from Robson Street. A former weekend anchor of CTV NEWS AT SIX, Killeen is an award-winning journalist who is the recipient of the Jack Webster, RTNDA International and BCAB awards for "School Colours", a five-part series on the impact of immigration on BC's education system. Previously, he worked in radio and television in Asia, including Beijing, Bangkok, Singapore and Hong Kong, where he covered the 1997 handover of the former British Colony to China. Born and raised in Vancouver, Killeen is a graduate of BCIT's Broadcast Communications program and joined CTV British Columbia in August, 2001. When he's not on the air, he enjoys playing beer-league hockey, golf, and hiking the North Shore mountains.
About Tamara Taggart
A graduate of the BCIT Broadcast Communications program, Tamara Taggart was chosen earlier this year to represent CTV British Columbia on CTV's national news team broadcasting from Vancouver 2010. Taggart has been with CTV British Columbia for 13 years, including stints as co-host of VANCOUVER BREAKFAST as well as the weathercaster for CTV NEWS AT FIVE, CTV NEWS AT SIX, and CTV NEWS at 11:30. A third-generation Vancouverite, Tamara is a viewer favourite who has been named Best Local TV Personality from 2002-2010 in The Georgia Straight's Annual Reader's Choice Poll. Similarly, the TV Week Readers' Choice Awards named Tamara their Favourite TV Personality (2006-2009). Taggart was also the only Canadian chosen to co-host an episode of LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KELLY in August of 2009. Tamara is a mother of three who authors a popular parenting blog on ctvbc.ca.
CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. Official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad, CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc., Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. More information about CTV may be found on the network's website at www.ctv.ca.
For further information: For further information:
Patricia Garcia, CTV Communications, 416.384.2645 or [email protected]