CTV News Channel (Canada)

CTV News Channel (Canada)
CTV News Channel
CTV News Channel logo
Launched October 17, 1997
Owned by Bell Media
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario
Formerly called CTV News 1
CTV Newsnet
Website CTV News Channel
Bell TV Channel 501
Shaw Direct Channel 391
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
Bell Aliant TV Channel 235
Bell Fibe TV Channel 501
MTS Channel 141
Optik TV Channel 92
SaskTel Channel 16

CTV News Channel is a Canadian English language Category C specialty channel. It is owned by Bell Media and is located at 9 Channel Nine Court in Toronto. CTV News Channel broadcasts news headlines, breaking news, and information on a 24 hour schedule.



In September 1996, CTV Television Network Ltd. (a division of CTV) was granted a broadcast licence by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) for CTV N1, a national English language specialty television service that will broadcast "news, weather and sports reports, as well as business, consumer and lifestyle information,"[1] in a 'headline news' format on a 15 minute news wheel.[1]

The channel launched on October 17, 1997 as CTV News 1. As its licence suggested, the channel originally broadcast news and information on a 15 minute wheel, beginning a new cycle every 15 minutes using a pre-recorded, server-hosted configuration. Although, not long after its launch, however, it began covering breaking news more audaciously.

The channel also originally began with its news anchors sitting at a desk which would periodically, while the anchor was not speaking, spin in a circle to change the background in front of which the anchor sat. This gimmick was criticized, and soon abandoned. The channel also included a large on-screen news ticker that provided news updates, weather, sports scores, stock trading data, and more.

In 1999, the channel was renamed CTV Newsnet, after the launch of then-sister channel, CTV Sportsnet.

CTV progressively sought amendments to the channel's condition of licence restricting the channel to a 15 minute news wheel to allow greater coverage of breaking news, longer-form news-oriented discussion, and other programming, and was met with mixed decisions from the CRTC. On April 7, 2005, the CRTC removed the condition mandating a 15 minute news cycle, substituting new but much more liberal conditions including the allowance of a small percentage of airtime devoted to long-form discussion programming.[2]

On August 22, 2005, CTV Newsnet introduced a new, full screen format with a considerably smaller news ticker broadcasting only headline news, and revamped their late afternoon and prime-time programming, with increases to their anchor, reporting, and production teams, and a greater emphasis on general news from the main anchor desk, eliminating sports and business coverage. The network hoped to capitalize in part on the lockout which had nearly obliterated news programming on CBC Television (outside Quebec) and CBC Newsworld.

Before the 2005 format change, sports segments were co-branded with TSN, and business news with Report on Business Television (now Business News Network). Both share common ownership with CTV and Newsnet. Earlier in the network's history, weather reports were provided by The Weather Network, which is independently owned, and sports segments were once co-branded with Headline Sports, and then later by CTV Sportsnet, which CTV owned before it acquired TSN.

In 2009, CTVglobemedia officially announced that CTV Newsnet would be renamed CTV News Channel on May 26, 2009, at the time no channel format or schedule change occurred.[3]

On September 10, 2010, BCE (a minority shareholder in CTVglobemedia) announced that it planned to acquire 100% interest in CTVglobemedia for a total debt and equity transaction cost of $3.2 billion CAD.[4] The deal which acquired CRTC approval, was approved on March 7, 2011[5] and closed on April of that year, CTVglobemedia was officially been replaced by Bell Media on April 1, 2011.

On October 3, 2011, CTV News Channel announced a format change to its weekday programming lineup which saw 3 new news programming added to the schedule such as Direct, Express and National Affairs and introduced four new news anchors. Most CTV News Channel-originated programming are now co-anchored. [6]


  • Express, anchored by Dan Matheson and Jacqueline Milczarek, airs weekdays at 9:00 a.m. EST.
  • Direct, anchored by Sandie Rinaldo, airs weekdays at 12:00 p.m. EST. and by Marcia MacMillan at 6:00 p.m. EST
  • National Affairs, anchored by Tasha Kheiriddin and Rudyard Griffiths Mondays-Thursdays and Tasha Kheiriddin and Scott Reid Fridays, airs weekdays at 4:00 p.m. EST.
  • Power Play, Canadian public affairs television show hosted by Don Martin, airs weekdays at 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • CTV News Weekend

Along with CTV News Channel-originated newscasts, the channel also airs the following programs:

On-air staff



Foreign correspondents


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1997–1999 1999–2009 2009–present


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