CTV News Chief Anchor Lisa LaFlamme Leads Canada’s Most Comprehensive, Multi-Platform Federal Election Coverage with CTV ELECTION 2015
– Livestream of CTV ELECTION 2015 available on CTVNews.ca and the CTV News GO app –
– Bell Media serves up non-stop federal election coverage across its local television, radio, online, mobile, and GO products –
TORONTO (October 16, 2015)– As Canadians prepare to head to the polls and choose the future of the country on Monday, Oct. 19, CTV today unveiled plans for its unparalleled live ELECTION 2015 broadcast. The centrepiece of the network’s Election Day coverage, the live special begins at 7 p.m. ET on CTV and CTV News Channel, and live-streamed on CTVNews.ca and the CTV News GO app.
Helmed by CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, CTV ELECTION 2015 draws on the experience, resources, and strength of CTV’s national and local news divisions across Canada, including CTV News’ Ottawa Bureau Chief and Host of CTV’s QUESTION PERIOD, Robert Fife. Providing in-depth analysis and demographic information is CTV News’ Kevin Newman, who is joined by CTV News’ Official Pollster Nik Nanos and Rupen Seoni from Environics Analytics, providing detailed information about voter attitudes and detailed riding profiles.
“Our mission is to cover every major contest and take Canadians to the heart of the story, while upholding our commitment to delivering the most thorough, balanced, and accurate reporting and analysis that defines CTV News,” said LaFlamme.
“We are committed to telling this story from poll-closing in Newfoundland and Labrador until the final result is known, for as long as it takes,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News.
Joining LaFlamme is James Rajotte, retiring Conservative Member of Parliament (Edmonton-Leduc); Anne McLellan, former Liberal Cabinet Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, and Lorne Nystrom, former NDP MP. Antonia Maioni, Professor of Political Science at Montréal’s McGill University, will help explain results from the critically important province of Québec. Alice Funke, publisher of Pundits’ Guide to Canadian Federal Elections, will have data and analysis on the parties and candidates. W5 Host and Chief Correspondent Lloyd Robertson will also be on hand to provide insight and perspective from five decades of covering federal elections.
In the field, a team of reporters, producers, camera operators, and skilled technicians take CTV News to the heart of the stories: in individual ridings, at candidate committee rooms, and party celebrations. CTV News’ Ottawa Bureau correspondents will report from the major party leader headquarters – Don Martin, Host of POWER PLAY with the Conservative Party in Calgary; Ottawa Deputy Bureau Chief Laurie Graham at NDP headquarters in Montréal; and CTV Chief Political Correspondent Craig Oliver at Liberal headquarters, also in Montréal.
In addition, CTV News’ Québec Bureau Chief Genevieve Beauchemin will report on the Bloc Québecois from Montréal; and British Columbia Bureau Chief Melanie Nagy will report from Green Party leader Elizabeth May’s election night headquarters in Victoria.
Rounding out CTV’s ELECTION 2015 broadcast team is an army of CTV News’ national and local reporters and producers, deployed to more than 50 locations across Canada and delivering coverage from key battlegrounds in every province.
CTV News’ coverage will include up-to-the minute results and deep analysis, using the CTV News election system – described as the best and fastest real-time computer-assisted reporting tool in Canada. Not only will CTV News report results as soon as the votes are counted, but the CTV Decision Desk will provide analysis of who is winning, where, when and by how much – right through to the “call” for who will form Canada’s 43rd government, and beyond.
The broadcast coverage is augmented with a more robust digital offering than ever before, as the primetime special will be with Canadians wherever they are: on TVs, the web, tablets, and smartphones.
Viewers will also hear from an in-studio audience of stakeholders at Studio 338, CTV News’ hub for lively, unscripted conversation throughout election night. Located at CTV’s Toronto studio headquarters, Studio 338 is named in honour of Canada’s 338 ridings across the country, and will welcome notable guests of all political stripes, along with a cross-section of engaged community patrons, along with insights from a robust online audience. Viewers can catch all the behind-the-scenes action of Studio 338 as it streams live on CTVNews.ca throughout the evening.
CTV ELECTION 2015 is slated to simulcast in all local markets across the country, with markets west of Ontario breaking to air abbreviated local supper newscasts (check local listings to confirm changes to the regular 6 p.m. broadcast schedule)in their respective markets, including CTV Winnipeg, CTV Saskatoon, CTV Regina, CTV Edmonton, CTV Calgary, CTV Vancouver, and CTV Vancouver Island. CTV ELECTION 2015 resumes its national simulcast in all markets starting at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings for broadcast times in each market). In addition, CTV ELECTION 2015 will air on CTV News’ 24-hour national network, CTV News Channel.
Below are additional details regarding comprehensive Election Day coverage across Bell Media properties:
Online, CTV ELECTION 2015 will be live-streamed and available internationally on CTVNews.ca and on the CTV News GO app. Live election results will also be available on all platforms at CTVNews.ca for web, tablet, and smartphones. With a variety of interactive features allowing Canadians different perspectives on this pivotal election, CTVNews.ca also provides dedicated channels offering live views from Conservative, Liberal, and NDP party headquarters throughout election night, providing an up-close view of the sights, sounds, and events as they happen. Also streaming on CTVNews.ca is election night coverage from Studio 338, CTV News’ in-studio audience of stakeholders, live from CTV’s election headquarters in Toronto. Rounding out its live, digital offerings, CTVNews.ca will offer an interactive map, allowing users to check real-time results in their local ridings, and elsewhere in the country. In addition, CTV News’ partnership with Facebook delivers the latest election insights to CTVNews.ca from Canada’s leading social network used by 20 million Canadians.
CP24 – Monday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. ET
Toronto’s breaking news station delivers two races – one night! Starting at 7 p.m., Toronto viewers can turn to CP24’s YOUR VOTE 2015 for both election and Blue Jays coverage. Anchored by Ann Rohmer and Stephen LeDrew, YOUR VOTE 2015 will have live coverage of results from across the Greater Toronto Area and the country with reporters on the ground at each of the federal leaders’ campaign headquarters in Calgary and Montreal. Expanding its coverage to track the latest breaking news from the ball game, TSN’s Gurdeep Ahluwalia returns to the CP24 team for one night, covering the American League Championship Series Game 3, Toronto versus Kansas City, with game highlights and fan reaction from the Birdsnest. YOUR VOTE 2015 will also be simulcast on the CP24 GO app and CP24.com and live results will also be available on CP24.com.
CANADA AM – Monday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Oct. 20 on CTV and CTV News Channel
Earlier in the day on Monday, Oct. 19, airing from 6 – 9 a.m. ET (check local listings), CANADA AM is with Canadians at the top of the morning as voters prepare to head to the polls, with a closer look at the final push across all party lines, the appeal to younger voters, and an examination of the issues that have had the country buzzing over the lengthy campaign. Viewers can turn to CANADA AM the next day for a full recap of the final election results – the surprises, the close races, what’s next for the winning party, as well as for the defeated parties.
Bell Media Radio – Monday, Oct. 19 and Tuesday, Oct. 20
Providing non-stop coverage leading up to the 2015 Federal Election, Bell Media Radio’s family of talk radio stations across the country are poised to deliver wall-to-wall, live, election night coverage. Along with the latest updates from all of the leaders’ campaign party headquarters throughout election night, Bell Media Radio’s talk stations will broadcast the victory and defeat speeches of all leaders. The coverage continues the following day, with non-stop interviews and analysis on what the results mean to Canadian families and to their pocketbooks, along with a venue for local listeners to call in with their thoughts and reactions following election night. Bell Media Radio talk stations from east to west include: CJAD 800 AM (Montréal), 580 CFRA News Talk Radio (Ottawa), NEWSTALK 610 CKTB (St. Catharines), NEWSTALK 1010 (Toronto), NEWSTALK 1290 CJBK (London), AM 800 CKLW (Windsor), AM 1150 (Kelowna), and CFAX 1070 (Victoria B.C.).
BNN – Tuesday, Oct. 20
The day after the federal election, Business News Network (BNN) serves up reaction from corporate Canada to the election results, along with analysis on the potential impacts to the economy.
Rosa Hwang is Executive Producer of CTV ELECTION 2015. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer, CTV Elections. Wendy Freeman is President, CTV News.
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