CTV Launches 42nd Season of QUESTION PERIOD with Kevin Newman, Sunday, Sept. 9

— September 4, 2012

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Toronto, ON (Sept. 4, 2012) – CTV’s QUESTION PERIOD launches an impressive 42ndseason with renowned Canadian journalist Kevin Newman at thehelm on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. ET.Newman joined Canada’s landmark political television program in 2011 as Co-Host,marking his return to television and to Parliament Hill. Over the last year, QUESTION PERIOD has found a new footholdwith younger audiences (A18-34), as illustrated by the show’s 40% year overyear audience growth in this demographic.


Byincluding online momentum and new faces to the political debate, this season ofQUESTION PERIOD – Canada’s longestrunning political program – has a new look and feel, delivering audiences abetter view of Parliament Hill. Popular segment “The Scrum” will continue to bethe most vibrant political panel on TV.

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As CTV News’ Digital News Evangelist, Newman aims to bridge the digital dividethis season, using a live and interactive Twitter wall incorporating livetweets, from prominent politicos and commentators in real time, and connectingwith viewers through social.ctvnews.ca. CTV’s QUESTION PERIOD has partnered with iPolitics.ca, a new independent onlinesource of political intelligence based in Ottawa, injecting a dose of politicaltabloid headline amusement into the program with a satirical review of insiderstories happening on the Hill.


QUESTION PERIOD has been at the centreof Canada’s great political debates for more than 40 years, earning the trustof viewers for its bold coverage and fresh perspective that is unmatched in theindustry,” said Wendy Freeman, President, CTV News. “QUESTION PERIOD is in great hands with Kevin Newman and under hisguidance, the program will continue to bring viewers the best in political journalism.”

“My first story from Parliament Hill was the signing of the Charter of Rightsand Freedoms in 1982, and since then, I’ve covered seven Prime Ministers,” saidKevin Newman, Host of QUESTION PERIOD and Digital News Evangelist, CTV News. “Headinginto this season, I’m looking forward to furthering what has been already been builtwith QUESTION PERIOD: invigoratingand informative political debates.”


CraigOliver, Chief Political Correspondent for CTV, announced earlier this year thathe would step down from his hosting role on QUESTION PERIOD, but continue to report for CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME and appear on QUESTION PERIOD to offer his trademarkcommentary on political developments.


In addition to Sundays at 11a.m. ET on CTV,encore presentations of QUESTION PERIOD air Sundays at 5 p.m. ET on CTV News Channel, CTVnews.ca/qp, the CTV Mobile channel on BellMobile TV, and on CTV Two at various times across thecountry (visit CTVNews.ca/qp for detailedlistings).



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CTV isCanada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news,sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada’smost-watched television network. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’spremier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio anddigital. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largestcommunications company. More information about CTV can be found on thenetwork’s website at ctv.ca.

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For more information:

ReneeDupuis, CTV News, 416.384.3154 or renee.dupuis@bellmedia.ca

ShannonGallagher, CTV News, 416.384.4623 or shannon.gallagher@bellmedia.ca


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