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CTV News Channel
CTV News Channel logo
Launched October 17, 1997
Owned by CTVglobemedia
CTV Television Inc.
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Scarborough, 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

CTV News Channel (formerly CTV Newsnet and CTV News 1) is a Canadian English language cable television headline news specialty channel that was 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, after the launch of then-sister channel CTV Sportsnet. 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. Unfortunately, this gimmick was criticized, and soon abandoned.

At first, the service's licence restricted it to broadcasting 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 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.[1]

On August 22, 2005, CTV Newsnet introduced a new, full screen format and improved 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.

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.

On January 28, 2008, CTV Newsnet dropped its own morning newscast between 10:00 a.m. and noon in favor of an expanded six-hour Canada AM with no local breaks on the channel. However, it returned to that on June 9 as a result of the cancellation of the Vancouver-based portions of Canada AM.

In 2009, CTVglobemedia officially announced that CTV Newsnet would be renamed CTV News Channel on May 26, 2009, although no channel format or schedule change occurred.[2]

Noted programs

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



Weekday anchors

  • Marci Ien reports with Canada AM from 6-9 a.m. ET (3-6 a.m. PT), anchors CTV News Channel from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. ET (6-7 a.m. PT)
  • Dan Matheson anchors CTV News Channel from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. ET (7 a.m.-11 p.m. PT)
  • Sandie Rinaldo anchors CTV News Channel from 2-5 p.m. ET (11 a.m.-2 p.m. PT)
  • Tom Clark anchors Power Play from 5-6 p.m. ET and 8-9 p.m. ET (2-3 p.m. PT, 5-6 p.m. PT)
  • Marcia MacMillan anchors CTV News Channel Primetime from 6-8 p.m. and 9 p.m.-midnight, both ET (4-5 p.m., 6-9 p.m. PT), final half hour repeated every hour until next day at 6 a.m. ET
  • Lloyd Robertson anchors CTV National News (30 minutes) at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT), repeated every hour until next day at 5:30am ET
  • Jennifer Burke

Weekend anchors

  • Brad Giffen anchors CTV News Channel Weekend Mornings from 6 a.m.-noon ET (3-9 a.m. PT)
  • Jacqueline Milczarek anchors CTV News Channel Weekend Afternoon Edition weekends noon-6 p.m. ET (9 a.m.-3 p.m. PT)
  • Scott Laurie anchors CTV News Channel Weekend Primetime weekends from 6 p.m.-10 p.m., 10:30 p.m., 11:30 p.m. ET (3 p.m.-7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m. PT), final half hour repeated every hour until next day at 6 a.m. ET
  • Craig Oliver and Jane Taber anchor CTV's Question Period Sundays at 11 a.m. ET and 4 p.m. PT.
  • Sandie Rinaldo anchors weekend CTV National News (30 minutes) at 10 & 11 p.m. ET (7 & 8 p.m. PT), repeated every hour until next day at 5:30 a.m. ET
  • Jennifer Ward
  • Zuraidah Alman

Network reporters

Foreign correspondents


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1997 - 1999 1999 - 2009 2009 - present


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