CTV Newsnet

CTV Newsnet

name = CTV Newsnet
logofile = CTV Newsnet.svg
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launch = October 17, 1997
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owner = CTVglobemedia
CTV Television Inc.
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country = Canada
broadcast area = National
headquarters = Scarborough, Ontario
former names = CTV News 1
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web = [http://www.newsnet.ctv.ca CTV Newsnet]
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sat serv 1 = Bell TV
sat chan 1 = Channel 501
sat serv 2 = Star Choice
sat chan 2 = Channel 391
cable serv 1 = Available on most Canadian cable systems
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CTV Newsnet is a Canadian English language cable television headline news specialty channel that launched on October 17, 1997. It is owned and operated by CTV Television Inc, a division of CTVglobemedia.


Licensed in 1996 as "CTV N1", it was launched on October 17, 1997 as CTV News 1. In 1999, it was renamed CTV Newsnet. It 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 widely mocked, and soon abandoned.

At first, the service's licence restricted it to broadcasting the latest news headlines, weather, sports news, financial news and entertainment news, plus advertisements, in a 15 minute "wheel," beginning a new cycle every 15 minutes using a pre-recorded, server-hosted configuration. Not long after its launch, however, it began covering breaking news more audaciously. CTV decided that Newsnet's licence did not prevent it from airing live events provided the anchor broke in at least once during a given 15-minute wheel to read items drawn from most or all of the categories noted above.

CTV progressively sought amendments to this condition to allow greater coverage of breaking news, longer-form news-oriented discussion, and other programming, and was met with mixed decisions from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). On April 7, 2005, the Commission removed previous conditions mandating a 15 minute news cycle, substituting new but much more liberal conditions. [http://www.crtc.gc.ca/archive/ENG/Decisions/2005/db2005-131.htm]


Along with CTV Newsnet-originated newscasts and weekday Mike Duffy vehicles "Mike Duffy Live" and "Countdown with Mike Duffy", the network carries the "CTV National News", "Canada AM" and the Sunday public affairs series "Question Period".

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.

However since mid 2007, CablePulse 24 (CP24), Canada's 24 hour only local news channel based in Toronto is under the same ownership as CTV Newsnet, following CTVglobemedia's acquisition of CHUM Limited, although CTV does not currently program that station.

On January 28, 2008, CTV Newsnet dropped its own morning newscast in favor of an expanded six-hour "Canada AM" with no local breaks on this channel.

Later on June 9, 2008, CTV Newsnet returned its own morning newscast between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. as a result of the cancellation of the Vancouver-based portions of Canada AM.


Weekday Anchors

* Marci Ien reports with Canada AM from 6-9am ET (3-6am PT), anchors CTV Newsnet from 9am-10am ET (6-7am PT)
* Kate Wheeler anchors CTV Newsnet from 10am-2pm ET (7-11am PT)
* Dan Matheson anchors CTV Newsnet from 2-5pm, 6-7pm ET (11am-2pm, 3-4pm PT)
* Marcia MacMillan anchors CTV Newsnet Primetime from 7-8pm, 9pm-12am ET (4-5pm, 6-9pm PT), final half hour repeated every hour until next day begins
* Mike Duffy anchors Mike Duffy Live at 5&8pm ET (2&5pm PT)
* Lloyd Robertson anchors CTV National News (30 minutes) at 10pm ET (7pm PT), repeated every hour until next day begins

Weekend Anchors

* Cindy Burgess anchors CTV Newsnet Weekend Mornings from 6am-12pm ET (3-9am PT)
* Jacqueline Milczarek anchors CTV Newsnet Weekend Afternoon Edition weekends 12-6pm ET (9am-3pm PT)
* Scott Laurie anchors CTV Newsnet Weekend Primetime weekends from 6pm-10pm, 10:30pm, 11:30pm ET (3pm-7pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm PT), final half hour repeated every hour until next day begins
* Sandie Rinaldo anchors Weekend CTV National News (30 minutes) at 10 & 11pm ET (7 & 8pm PT), repeated every hour until next day begins
* Samantha Houston

Network reporters

* Denelle Balfour
* Rob Brown
* Janet Dirks
* Avis Favaro
* Robert Fife
* Alan Fryer
* Jed Kahane
* Lisa LaFlamme
* Jill Macyshon
* Craig Oliver
* Graham Richardson
* Roger Smith
* Rosemary Thompson
* Paula Todd
* John Vennavally-Rao

Foreign correspondents

* Steve Chao
* Tom Clark
* Tom Kennedy
* Janis Mackey Frayer
* Joy Malbon
* Tom Walters
* Paul Workman

External links

* [http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/1124900164735_120309364 CTV Newsnet info page]
* [http://www.ctv.ca/news CTV News]

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