W5 Kicks Off 2010 With An Insider Look At Pop Sensation Justin Bieber

- Additionally, Victor Malarek examines a Toronto community under siege by a father and son team bent on bullying the neighbourhood -

TORONTO, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - Canada's newest international recording star, teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, took the music world by storm in 2009. Now, CTV's W5 begins 2010 with "Leave it to Bieber," an insider look at the road traveled by the 16-year-old from an unknown busker in Stratford, ON to one of the world's most explosive new artists. The episode premieres on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. ET (visit CTV.ca for local listings). In W5's second story, "Nightmare on Quebec Street", viewers are taken into the middle of a neighbourhood where residents have endured a relentless campaign of harassment and vandalism.

Justin Bieber is living any teenager's dream. He's traveling the world, performing to crowds of adoring fans and working alongside hip hop superstar Usher. If it were not for YouTube he might still be busking on the streets of his hometown of Stratford, Ontario. In "Leave it to Bieber" W5's Sandie Rinaldo chronicles his remarkable path to international stardom, and explores whether Justin Bieber has what it takes to go from teen idol to adult artist. This fall, Bieber's debut CD My World skyrocketed to No. 1 in Canada and was the biggest release of the year by a new artist in the United States.

In "Nightmare on Quebec Street", also featured in this episode, W5's Investigative Reporter Victor Malarek examines a Toronto neighbourhood where many area residents have experienced harassment and vandalism - no one more so than Carmela Canino, an 87-year-old widow. For eight years, she was subjected to a vicious campaign that saw her windows smashed, her family threatened and even dead animals left in her yard. Malarek chronicles the community's effort to catch the tormentors and have them banished from the neighbourhood.

With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 44th season of investigative journalism. Hosted by CTV NATIONAL NEWS' Lloyd Robertson and Sandie Rinaldo, the award-winning series is the most-watched current affairs program in Canada. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Robert Hurst is President of CTV News and Current Affairs.

About CTV

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. CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc. Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. CTV is the official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad. 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 Inc., (416) 384-2645 or patricia.garcia@ctv.ca; Emily Young Lee, CTV Inc., (416) 332-7367, eyounglee@ctv.ca

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