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CTV National News
Screen Cap
The opening title for CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson in HD taken October 29th, 2009.
Format News
Created by Charles Lynch
(1961-1994)
Peter Stursberg
(1961-present)
Peter Jennings
(1961-1964)
Harvey Kirck
(1965-1984)
Starring Lloyd Robertson
(1976–present)
Sandie Rinaldo
(1985-1989 & 1991-present)
Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes Unknown
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CTV
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run 1961 – Present

CTV National News is CTV's flagship newscast, which airs at 11:00pm local time on the CTV stations across Canada, and live at 10:00pm ET, with repeats hourly up until 2am ET on CTV News Channel, CTV's 24-hour cable news channel, and the previous day's can be seen on the Internet. The current anchors are Lloyd Robertson on weekdays, and Sandie Rinaldo on weekends. The program is also broadcast in High-Definition.

The title CTV National News was rarely used in the 1990s and early 2000s; weeknights, the program was called CTV News with Lloyd Robertson and on the weekends, CTV News with Sandie Rinaldo. The title CTV National News was reintroduced in 2008, because CTV News has become the name of both the national and local news on CTV O&O stations. Although the banner currently continues to bear the title; CTV News.

Rinaldo is also the program's main weekday substitute anchor; other substitute anchors include Beverly Thomson, Tom Clark, Lisa LaFlamme, Dan Matheson and Scott Laurie.

Originally running only 20 minutes, the newscast was expanded to a full half-hour in the 1980s.

Various promotional ads have claimed it to be "Canada's #1 Newscast" (consistent with CTV's boasts of itself as being "Canada's #1 Network"); however in recent months, it has faced competition with Global Television Network's Global National and CBC News' The National in the ratings even though the three newscasts air at different times (Global National at 5:30pm, The National at 10:00 pm, and CTV National News at 11:00pm). CTV's claim to first place is based on a seven-day comparison of the newscasts' original broadcast-network airings.

CTV National News is not the same as CTV Evening News, a title that appears in some national ratings reports and is sometimes erroneously associated with the Robertson newscast. The Evening News is in fact not a single newscast but the national aggregate of CTV O&Os' local 6:00 p.m. newscasts. (All networks have their O&Os' local newscasts aggregated for national ratings purposes.)

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Anchors

The program was launched as CTV World News in 1961 from the studios of CJOH in Ottawa. It was originally presented by three anchors: Charles Lynch, Peter Stursberg and Peter Jennings.

The anchor team changed a number of times over the first few years, with Jennings as the sole constant. Other co-anchors included Baden Langton and Ab Douglas. Larry Henderson, the former host of the The National, was the show's international affairs analyst and weekend anchor for several years.

In the 1962-63 season, struggling to compete with CBC's more established The National, CTV moved its newscast to 10:30, scheduling a variety show, Network, for 10:55 p.m. The experiment only lasted a single season.

Jennings left for ABC News in 1964, and Harvey Kirck (Jennings' co-anchor up to that point) became the newscast's sole anchor.

In 1976, CTV National News returned to the co-anchor format, hiring Lloyd Robertson as co-anchor with Kirck; Robertson had previously served as anchor of The National. When Kirck retired in 1984, Robertson became sole anchor of the program.

For a time in the late 1970s and again in the early 1990s Keith Morrison acted as weekend and substitute anchor and was considered Robertson's likely successor[1] before a network shakeup resulted in his moving to NBC. Although there has been speculation since Morrison's departure about an heir presumptive to take over from Robertson when he eventually retires, at present no firm candidate has been identified.

The opening titles to CTV National News with Lloyd Robertson from 1986.

With a total of 40 years on two networks, Robertson is one of the longest-serving, currently active news anchors on English-language North American television (network or local), second behind Dave Ward, who's been an anchor at KTRK in Houston, Texas since 1967. On October 18, 2006, Robertson celebrated his 30th year as a CTV National News anchor. (Jim Lehrer has presented The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer since its inception in 1975, beating Robertson by almost a year, but has only presented as a sole-anchor of the programme since 1995.)

See also

References

  1. ^ Jul 02, 2003 - Anchor away: Journalist Keith Morrison has found success south of the border by Ned Powers

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