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New News Director At CH
According to an anonymous
insider, Rob Germain has been named as CHEK-TV/6 CH Victoria's new
News Director, replacing Ian Haysom. Haysom moved to CHAN-TV
"BCTV News on Global" in November 2001 as that station's
Germain was promoted from the
Also, an official announcement
will soon be made on the station's new news bureau in Port Alberni.
UPDATE (1/18): More info on
Germain's appointment in today's Times-Colonist.
New Graphics on 'ckvu News'
CKVU-TV/10 'ckvu13' has updated
the graphics for its newscasts. The new graphics range from
lower-third name tags and full-screen graphics to tease graphics
and new open animations*. However, the basic wire-frame globe motif
and the colour scheme of dark blue and gold from the 'Global News'
era were retained. In fact, the wire-frame globe itself seems to
be even more prominently featured, now appearing even on
lower-thirds and full-screen graphics. The news theme that has
been in use since mid-September 2001 remains. There is still no
on-screen bug during the newscasts.
Screenshots and possibly videos
of new look 'ckvu News' will be available on this site shortly.
*Correction: It should be
'new segment open animations.'
1/8/2002: Changes to VI Land
CIVI-TV/53 The New VI's news
operation, "VI Land News," underwent several changes
yesterday. Its hour-and-a-half early evening news block is now
split into 3 separate sections. The 5:30-6pm block is now called "VI Land
Live." It is anchored solely by Tasha Larson, although she
now seems to interact with other reporters and videographers more
than before. The news stories, sports report and weather forecasts
are not very detailed, as they are now only brief previews to the
full content at 6:30.
Moe Sihota's duty is now
restricted to only hosting "VI Land Voices," which has
been bumped up 30 minutes to the 6-6:30pm block. His appearance on
"VI Land Live" is no more than a preview to "VI
A more detailed news report goes
on at 6:30 and ends before 7, still solo-anchored by Tasha Larson.
In terms of presentation, there
are new open animations for the station's newscasts. However, the
news theme and the other existing news graphics remain. A new
on-screen bug that bears the "VI Land News" logo now
resides in the lower-right corner of the screen during the
newscasts, blending in with other graphics such as the lower-third
name tag. It also seems that the news operation now has a slogan:
"Live, Local, Out There!", which is apparently a mixture
of one of the station's existing slogans ("Out There!"),
and that of Citytv, CIVI's sister station in Toronto ("Live,
Local, Latebreaking"). It is not certain whether or not this
is an official slogan, as there is no aural mention of it for the
duration of the early evening news block. However, it appears
visually on at least the open titles to "VI Land Live."
The station's morning program,
New Day, doesn't seem to be affected by any of the changes.
Update (1/20/2001): Screenshots
of "VI Land Live" and "VI Land News at 6:30"
are now available.
(Thanks to David E. Nelson)
The new look of Sports
Page was unveiled last night. Frankly, it wasn't much of a new
look in terms of on-air graphics.
12/17/2001: New Look
The new look of "Sports
Page" was unveiled last night. On-air graphics and the open
were only slight modified, and the theme remained. The most noticeable
change to the program was its new set, which resembles the CH News
set over in Victoria. The program itself is now produced at the
Global BC studios in Burnaby. For more background information on
the program, please see the article dated December 15.
Screenshots and Real videos of
new look "Sports Page" will be available on TVYVR
12/15/2001: New Look
"Sports Page" On The Way
Last night, in signing off
"Sports Page," Shane Foxman said that starting Sunday
night, the program would be produced at the Global BC studios in
Burnaby, and a new on-air look for the program will also be
unveiled. "Sports Page" had been seen on CKVU for 24
years, until the massive affiliation switch in September when the
show moved to CHEK-TV. However, the program continued to be
produced out of the CKVU studios on 180 W 2nd. The studio change
tomorrow will officially cut all remaining ties "Sports
Page" has with CKVU.
Stay tuned for TVYVR's coverage
of new look "Sports Page."
12/6/2001: CKVU's Website
CKVU-TV, "ckvu13," has
launched its website at www.ckvu.ca.
Currently the site only features minimal information, including a
schedule grid and contact information. TVYVR will continue to
track any new developments on the website when they become
(Thanks to informant David
11/20/2001: CHAN's New ND
Ian Haysom, the current News
Director at CHEK-TV "CH News" in Victoria, will move to
the same position at sister station CHAN-TV "BCTV News on
Global" in Vancouver. Haysom replaces Steve Wyatt, who moves
on to become Global's manager of BC Operations. This will
officially take effect December 3rd.
Haysom arrived at CHEK-TV 3 years
ago as the station's news director. During his reign, he revamped
the station for the switch to "CH," and maintained the
station's dominant status on the Island, despite the arrival of
newcomer CIVI "The New VI." No replacement has so far
been announced for CHEK's ND position.
for the Times-Colonist story on 11/10.
11/19/2001: New GM at CKVU
CHUM Television announced last
Tuesday the appointment of Brad Phillips to the position of
Vice-President and General Manager at CKVU-TV. Earlier he had been
the Program Director at CKZZ-FM Z95.3 in Vancouver. More from CHUM
CHUM's acquisition of CKVU was
approved in October.
11/10/2001: News Briefs
New Job For Global ND
reports that Steve Wyatt, the current News Director at CHAN-TV/8
Global BC, is named Manager of BC Operations for Global Television
(includes CHAN Vancouver, CHEK Victoria and CHBC Kelowna),
replacing Jack Tomik (who is now president of CanWest Media
Sales). No word yet on any replacement for the ND position.
Updated Graphics at BC CTV
On Wednesday BC CTV updated its
lower-third name graphic, the "locator" graphic
(in the top left corner) and the "live" graphic. The new
lower-third now resembles the ones used on CTV National News and
CTV Newsnet. Other graphics (eg. OTS, full-screen, etc.) remain
the same. And of course, they've been using TSN graphics during
sports report for some time now (even using the TSN mic flag).
11/3/2001: In Other NW News:
"This is Q13 News @ 10"
KCPQ-TV/13 in Tacoma/ Seattle,
Washington, had officially changed the name of its news operation
from "Q13 Reports" to "Q13 News" Thursday night. A
new open and bumper graphic were introduced; however, other
graphics (lower-thirds, OTS, weather graphics, etc.) remained the
same. The theme music, "Reactor" by Non-Stop Music, also
remained. Reporters now sign off from their packages IDing
themselves as "Q13 News."
The switch to Q13 News had been
hinted for some time now. On some of the promos the station ran
during the Major League All-Star Game in July, its news operation
was referred to as "Q13 News." Then in early September,
the station's morning show "Mornings Live on Q" was
renamed "Q13 Morning News." Q13 News promos have been
running for at least the last several days as well.
KCPQ's news operation had been
known as "Q13 Reports" since its inception back in 1998.
Television News in
Vancouver: Right Here. Right Now.