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Live at 5 is a popular hour-long television newsmagazine airing weekdays at 5:00 p.m. on the CTV Atlantic system in Atlantic Canada. For many years it was Canada's highest rated local television program based on market share. It remains the most watched television show in the region according to the Bureau of Broadcast Measurement, even ahead of any prime time programming. The program was first broadcast in September 1982. It is based on the WNBC-TV program also named Live at Five in New York City.

The program celebrated its 20th anniversary with a Maritime province tour in 2002.



After an update and preview of the 6 p.m. newscast, the program starts with First at 5, a series of 3-4 reports centering around a single topic that is frequently influenced by the news of the day. The next segment is usually an interview of a newsmaker, community leader or celebrity, followed by a health or consumer report. The first 30 minutes is rounded out by the Milestones segment, where the hosts read a list of viewers celebrating 50-year and 60+ year wedding anniversaries or 100th+ birthdays, accompanied by photos.

The second half hour starts with a weather forecast, followed by another human interest report and another news update at 5:40. Take 5, a daily arts and entertainment segment hosted by Liz Rigney, follows the news update. The content of two final segments vary from day to day.

The Take 5 segment began on Monday February 6, 2006 as the successor to The Scene.

Regular Features

  • Maritimer of the Week - It is an award presented each Friday to a person nominated by a viewer for community service or heroic deeds.
  • Plays of the Week - Each Friday, CTV sports reporter Paul Hollingsworth presents a recap the top sports plays.
  • Live at 5 Gets Cookin' - A weekly cooking segment that features host Starr Dobson and a culinary instructor from NSCC (Nova Scotia Community College) preparing a dish and providing the recipe for viewers.
  • Live at 5 Garden Guide - A segment focused on gardening tips that mainly airs in the spring and summer seasons. It was originally hosted by Ron Kronstein. Since he was let go in 2003, the segment has aired much less frequently.
  • Milestones - One of the oldest features of the program, the two co-hosts read anniversary and birthday wishes of those who have been married 50 years or more and those who are turing 100 years old or more. The greetings are mailed or e-mailed in by viewers along with a photo that accompanies the greeting. This feature happens usually once or twice during each program, depending on the amount of time alloted during each program.
  • Weather Watchers - Another long-running feature. Cindy Day or the fill-in weather anchor feature three weather-related drawings, which young viewers mail to the station, during the weather forecast. This is also a feature on CTV News at 6:00 p.m. weekend editions.

Past Regular Features

  • ATV On Your Side - Consumer report
  • ATV House Calls - Medical report
  • Pete's Frootique - A bi-weekly segment featuring unique and obscure fruits and vegetables with Pete Luckett
  • The Scene - a daily entertainment segment. It was eliminated after former host MariAnna Bachynsky left to become an entertainment reporter for the show Inside Jam! on Sun TV.
  • Ask a Vet - A local veterinarian answers e-mail questions relating to pet health and behaviour.
  • Mrs. Fixit -- Syndicated home improvement feature hosted by "Mrs. Fixit" (Terri McGraw).


  • Main anchors: Starr Dobson (2003 - present), Bruce Frisko (2003 - present)
  • Weather: Cindy Day (September 17, 2007 - present)
  • News: Steve Murphy
  • Entertainment (Take 5): Liz Rigney (2005 - present)
  • Past hosts:
    • Nancy Regan (anchor) (1988 - 2003)
    • Ron Kronstein (anchor) (1998 - 2003)
    • Yvonne Colbert (anchor) (1997 - 1998) - also former consumer reporter at ATV
    • Paul Mennier (anchor) (1993 - 1997)
    • Steve Murphy (anchor) (1986 - 1993), (commentator) (1982-1986)
    • Laura Lee Langley (anchor) (1986 - 1988)
    • Dave Wright (anchor) (1982 - 1986) - since retired.
    • MariAnna Bachynsky (entertainment) (2002 - October 2005)
    • Todd Battis (entertainment) (1998 - 2002) - later at CBAT-TV, as anchor of CBC News: New Brunswick at Six, returned to CTV Atlantic in August 2009.
    • Peter Coade (meteorologist) (1990 to August 31, 2007) - now meteorologist for CBHT and CBAT-TV's CBC News at Six newscasts
  • Past Segment Reporters/Hosts:
    • Yvonne Colbert ("On Your Side" consumer reporter)
    • Dr. AJ ("House Calls" health reporter) - later at CBHT Halifax
    • Dr. Stewart Cameron (Health reporter)
    • Debi Forsyth-Smith (Consumer reporter)
    • Susan Dunn (Environmental reporter/ Weather presenter)
    • Pete Luckett (Host of "Pete's Frootique" segment) - now with Food Network
    • Terri McGraw (Host of syndicated Mrs. Fix-it segment)

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