CTV Expanding 5 P.M. Newscasts to All Local Stations

By Ahearn, Victoria | The Canadian Press, June 7, 2017 | Go to article overview

CTV Expanding 5 P.M. Newscasts to All Local Stations


Ahearn, Victoria, The Canadian Press


CTV expanding 5 p.m. newscasts to all local stations

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TORONTO - Bell Media is beefing up its local news coverage and launching a new music competition series that will include the Black Eyed Peas' Fergie as a mentor.

In announcing its full 2017/18 schedules on Wednesday, the company announced it's adding 5 p.m. newscasts to all its local CTV stations. Previously it only had 5 p.m. newscasts in British Columbia, Alberta and Atlantic Canada.

In Toronto this summer, CTV and all-news station CP24 will both start airing live newscasts at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. leading up to "CTV News at Six." CTV said the addition of 5 p.m. newscasts across its other various markets starting in the fall will add 35 hours of original local news production weekly.

"It's going to probably be more community-based. It's definitely going to carry the headlines but it might be a different set of stories than what you would see at (6 p.m.)," said Mike Cosentino, senior vice-president of content and programming.

"I think over the last couple of years, decade or longer, I think people's consumption of news has changed, certainly people's arrival time at home has changed. I think people are available at five o'clock for news and I think when you look across the border, you see local news across the border at four o'clock, five o'clock and six o'clock. There's no bigger or better lead-in to news than news."

On Monday, Rogers Media also announced it will expand its local newscast format "CityNews" to Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg and Montreal.

"Local news is part of your home brand identity," said Cosentino. "I think your default (TV channel) setting is informed by your local news. …

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