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November 2001 - January 2002
- March 2002
Ha Off CityPulse
There have been words floating
around, and now it's official: Benita Ha was let off Citytv's
weekend newscasts 2 weeks ago, along with the weekend producer and
director. Mark Docherty has been named for that spot.
Update: Still No Official
Replacement for Lui at CH
Anonymous insider also tells
TVYVR that the decision as to who will officially take over the
late newscast on CHEK/6 has yet to be made. Apparently the News
Director is going through resume tapes, which makes it a
possibility that the station will hire from outside. More
information to come as it becomes available.
|9/17/2002: CIVT GM
To Become President of CTV News
Robert Hurst, the General Manager
of CIVT/32, was appointed as the president of CTV News by Ivan
Fecan, CEO of CTV, Inc. Hurst will be responsible for CTV's
network news and information output, including CTV News with Lloyd
Robertson, W5 and Canada AM. He will replace Kirk LaPointe, who
left the position for other interests. Although Hurst's
appointment is effective immediately, he will not move to Toronto
until early November during a transition period. A replacement for
CIVT's GM position has not been announced yet.
Before coming to Vancouver, Hurst
was the Senior VP of CTV News. He became CIVT's GM 2 years ago, as
the station was preparing to become the province's new CTV outlet.
press release from CTV
Finds Home In Chinatown
Multivan Broadcasting had
announced that the yet-to-launch multicultural station will locate
its studio facility at 88 E Pender Street, at East Pender and
Columbia. The station will occupy the 3 floors of the building,
using the main floor as its studio to give pedestrians a peek at
the production facility as they walk down the street outside the
building. Renovation will begin this month, and as of current the
station expects to go on the air by late spring 2003.
For more information head to www.mvbc.ca.
At BCTV News on Global
Global BC has updated its news
graphics today. Except for the morning news, the open animations
have been changed for the other newscasts, although still
retaining the same colour scheme, news theme music and voiceover.
However, the circular disk that bears the "BCTV News"
text is no longer used (outside of the morning news open). The
lower-third name graphics, which otherwise remain the same, now
bear a white Global arc rather than the disk. On the other
graphics (full-screens, tease graphic, etc.) the disk is replaced
by the "BCTV News on Global" text. Video and screenshots
of the updated graphics will be available on TVYVR soon.
Also, Sophie Lui has begun her
reporting duties on Global BC. She previously anchored the
"CH News Final" on CHEK-TV/6, Global BC's sister station
on the Island. As of yet, TVYVR has no information of who at CH
will permanently take over the anchoring duty on the late news.
More information will appear on the site as it becomes available.
8/27/2002: The Ratings Battle:
The Bureau of Broadcast
Measurement had released the latest rating figures for local TV
newscasts. The figures were measured from July 22 to August 18:
("CTV News at Six")
("CH News at Six")
("Canada Now": National section + regional
("CityPulse at Six")
(as "ckvu News")
("VI Land News")
("News Hour Final")
("CTV National News")
not exist; 12,540 in fall 2001 when newscast was at
(Summer 2002 figures for any of
the noon or 5pm newscasts, CIVI's morning and 11pm broadcasts or
CIVT and CHEK's 11:30pm newscasts were not listed. Comparison
against fall 2001 figures may be flawed because of seasonal
changes in audience, especially in the summer when many viewers
are away on vacation. Fall 2001 figures are provided nonetheless
CHAN-TV continued its dominance
in the local TV news scene, and actually gained ground in
day-parts like the morning and late night. CIVT-TV is holding its
place at second, while CKVU-TV remained at last place, slightly
behind CBUT and still struggling without popular Global lead-ins.
However, CKVU gained audience for its late news. Incidentally, the
ratings period began on the same day as CKVU's re-launch as Citytv.
On the Island, CHEK still outpaced CIVI by a wide margin.
The ratings figures are courtesy
of Alex Strachan/ Vancouver Sun.
Additions at CKVU
Steve Scarrow, who was the
Director of Marketing for Corus's Vancouver radio stations (CKNW/CFMI/CFOX/CJNW),
had been appointed as Promotion Director for CKVU Citytv
Vancouver. He had also been Director of Marketing at Standard's
CKZZ/CISL, Promotion Coordinator for CKNW, and Copywriter and
Promotion Director for CFMI.
Meanwhile, the station's local
production will see an increase as fall arrives. CityCooks,
the station's cooking show, will debut on Monday, August 26 with
Simi Sara as the host (she is already the news presenter on
Breakfast Television). The show will go from 12noon to 12:30pm
weekdays. Also, Ethnosonic with Trevor Chan will debut on
September 7 with a look at multiculturalism through world music
videos, while DiverseCity with Prem Gill will premiere on
October 6 with insights into local issues and cultures, also with
a multicultural feel to it.
Thanks to Channel
Baichwal's Last Day At CIVT
Yesterday was the last day at
CIVT for Ravi Baichwal, the co-anchor of the station's 5pm
newscast alongside Colleen Christie. Both Tamara Taggart (who was
ending her weather segment on location) and Colleen Christie (who
was sitting in the armchairs with her co-anchor after the
entertainment segment) expressed how much they would miss him, and
Baichwal thanked the team and the viewers. As they tossed to
Pamela Martin at the desk for the 6pm news, Martin also pointed
out it would be the last time she said "Thanks Ravi and
Baichwal came to CIVT in
September 1999 as the co-anchor on the station's 6pm newscast. He
was moved to the 5pm newscast during the affiliation switch last
year. He is leaving the station for CTV Newsnet. No replacement
for him had been made aware to this site yet.
"VI Land Live" Expands
In today's Province, TV
writer Dana Gee reported that CIVI-TV/53, "The New VI"
in Victoria will expand its VI Land Live program to a full hour
starting next Tuesday. The newscast will begin at 5pm; currently
it begins at 5:30pm. No staffing changes have been announced. The
expansion will put CIVI's newscast in full competition with CHEK/6
during the 5 o'clock hour. More information will be posted here as
it becomes available.
7/22/2002: Crossover 2002:
From ckvu13 to Citytv
This morning at 6am, CKVU-TV
officially switched from ckvu13 to Citytv. Here's how it went:
The last ever full newscast under
the name of "ckvu News" went on at 6pm. Mark Docherty
was the anchor. At the end of the newscast, Joe Leary gave a plug
for next morning's Breakfast Television. The chroma-key effect was
turned off to reveal the (very untidy) corner of the studio from
which the station's newscasts had been produced since May,
including the green chroma-key wall.
An hourly news break went on at
around 5:58am under the name of "ckvu News" for the last
time ever, presented by Mark Docherty. After a minute or so, the
last ever ckvu13 ident was shown. The ident shown was one of the
last ones from the "Under Construction" series in which
Moses Znaimer blows up ckvu13. Afterwards, at about 6am, the
sign-off of ckvu13 was announced, followed by Moses Znaimer
blowing up ckvu13 once again. Only this time, after ckvu13 was
blown up, it cut to various fast-motion scenes of Vancouver. After
about 10 seconds, an announcer proclaimed, "Vancouver, strap
yourself in. Citytv is on the air.", as the sequence ended
with the camera (still in fast motion) going into the studio
building and taking one last shot at the Citytv logo on the floor
of the reception area.
After the sequence, Breakfast
Television's open animation was shown, and the first ever edition
of BT came on. Michael Eckford and Fiona Forbes were the main
hosts, while Simi Sara handled news, traffic and weather from the
CityPulse newsroom, and Jeremy Dunn with "Live Eye,"
which seems to be some sort of feature segment (today he was at
the Concorde Pacific Place checking out the preparations for the
Molson Indy). Guests on the first show included Moses Znaimer, and
the crew from The Vancouver Show, which was of course one of
CKVU's original programs back when the station first launched. As
reported earlier, Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen (the "Double
Exposure" duo) stepped aside from hosting duties for the
show. And today's Vancouver Sun quoted from the station's
spokesperson Susan Kerschbaumer the reason as being the lack of
chemistry between them and the "Urban Rush" duo.
The first ever edition of
CityPulse went out at 6 Monday night, presented by Russ Froese.
Elaine Yong (consumer beat), Marke Dreisschen (weather), Dan
O'Toole (sports) and Darrin Maharaj (entertainment) were all
featured on the open animation, along with Russ Froese. There is
no on-screen bug throughout the newscast. Graphics are similar to
the previous "ckvu News" ones (used right up until the
switch), and the news theme, reminiscent of the one used on Citytv
Toronto, bears a vague resemblance with some elements of the theme
from the movie "Rocky." Monika Deol and Benita Ha were
in studio, talking respectively about their late night and weekend
CityPulse newscasts. Darrin Maharaj interviewed Pamela Anderson
from her LA home as the entertainment piece. The newscast still
ended with a rundown of the night's programs, seemingly a CKVU
The first edition of CityPulse
Tonight with Monika Deol went on at 11. The open animation, except
for Monika Deol's shot, is very much the same as the 6pm open,
even including the shot of Dan O'Toole, who doesn't report the
sports at 11 (Mike Bow now does). The graphics are just about the
same as the ones used at 6, only reading "CityPulse
tonight" rather than just "CityPulse."
There was a minor graphic change
on Breakfast Television Tuesday morning. The "BT" and
the "Citytv" on-screen logos swapped places, resulting
in the "BT" bug now at the top right and the "Citytv"
bug at the bottom right. The time and temperatures were still
sandwiched in between the two, along the right side of the screen.
On the presentation side, there
has been some kind of idents on the re-launched station which
emphasizes the "Everywhere" theme, including ones shot
in Chinatown and at a Greek wedding.
On the web, www.ckvu.ca
now auto-directs to vancouver.citytv.com.
More updates on Crossover 2002
may follow if there is any new developments regarding the station.
Videos and screenshots of the new Citytv will also be available on
this site soon. Stay tuned.
CityWatch: Robertson and Cullen Out As BT Hosts
There had been words on the
CDN:TV Forum (before it became inaccessible) that Bob Robertson
and Linda Cullen, former hosts of "Double Exposure,"
were out as hosts of Breakfast Television, before the show even
went on air on the re-launched CKVU. Now TVYVR had received
confirmation that the above is indeed true. There seems to be
evidence supporting that report, as we also heard words that the
giant BT "mural" outside of the CKVU building had been
taken down (as it included Robertson and Cullen), and Nelson Media
reported on the CDN:TV Forum that the minute-long Citytv
pre-launch promo (which can be viewed here)
had been edited to exclude the parts showing Robertson and Cullen.
Also, neither Robertson nor Cullen is listed in the Personalities
section of the almost-completed City Vancouver website,
while Michael Eckford and Fiona Forbes, the other 2 hosts, are. To
recap, Bob Robertson and Linda Cullen are out as hosts of
Breakfast Television, which still has yet to launch. TVYVR will
bring you any other last minute development as CKVU becomes Citytv.
Side Note: As you may have
guessed from reading the above article, City Vancouver's website
is getting closer to completion. Just about all information
regarding City Toronto had been removed from the Vancouver site
(and is now in its own section).
"CTV9"? Or Is It Just "CTV"?
As reported earlier, today Canada
Day is the day CIVT is to change its on-air name from "BC CTV"
to "CTV9." However, so far it seems that all regional
references have been eliminated from the station's name. Along
with being simply "CTV" outside of news, there is now no
on-screen reference to either BC or cable channel 9 inside of news
either. The opening animation now reads only "CTV News,"
and the on-screen bug is changed to a lonesome CTV logo. The only
place today where the "CTV9" logo was anywhere to be
seen was on the banners outside of the station's outdoor broadcast
booth at Canada Place. The news graphics remain unchanged.
If the "CTV9" logo
becomes more widely used on the station, we will be here to report
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