ETALK Senior Correspondent Lainey Lui Steps in as Anchor on CTV’s ETALK as Danielle Graham Announces Maternity Leave

— December 12, 2019

– Lui takes on new role on Canada’s #1 entertainment news series as Danielle Graham begins maternity leave –
– CTV MORNING LIVE anchor Sonia Beeksma joins the ETALK team as a reporter –

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TORONTO (December 12, 2019) – As ETALK’s Danielle Graham welcomes a second baby girl in January, CTV announced today that Lainey Lui is stepping in to fill in for Graham as anchor of ETALK. Currently ETALK’s senior correspondent and co-host of THE SOCIAL, Lui begins her new role alongside anchor Ben Mulroney tonight, as they get ready to kick off three all-new ETALK specials: ETALK PRESENTS: STARWARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER premiering Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, ETALK: REWIND 2019 premiering Thursday, Dec. 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and MUSIC’S BIGGEST STARS: THE ETALK INTERVIEWS premiering Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 7 p.m. ET/PT, available everywhere CTV content can be found. In addition, Sonia Beeksma joins the ETALK team as a reporter from CTV MORNING LIVE VANCOUVER after three years as the show’s traffic anchor and segment reporter, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 8. Beeksma began her career in 2009 after completing the journalism program at BCIT and an internship at ETALK. After working as a news reporter and anchor in Vancouver for both TALK-1200 (RJ AM) and CKNW 980, she was the weekend weather specialist and feature story reporter for Global BC, before joining CTV MORNING LIVE VANCOUVER.

Sonia Beeksma, ETALK Reporter

“Lainey has become an integral part of ETALK since joining in 2006 and is now known as one of our country’s top celebrity and pop culture experts, making her a great choice to co-anchor with Ben while Danielle is away,” said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, Bell Media Studios and President, Pinewood Studios Toronto. “We are also thrilled to welcome Sonia to the team as an incredibly versatile broadcaster that has covered entertainment and fashion, along with community and feature stories.” ETALK airs weeknights at 7 p.m. ET/PT on CTV,, and the CTV app and 7:30 p.m. ET on CTV2,, and the CTV app (visit for local listings). Full ETALK entertainment coverage is available on

Hosted by anchors Ben Mulroney and Lainey Lui, who is backfilling permanent anchor Danielle Graham’s maternity leave, and senior correspondent Traci Melchor, reporters Chloe Wilde, Tyrone Edwards, Sonia Beeksma, and L.A. correspondent Liz Trinnear, ETALK is the #1 most-watched entertainment newsmagazine in Canada. From the OSCARS® and the EMMY® Awards, to the GOLDEN GLOBE®’s, ETALK is front-and-centre, delivering up-to-the-minute news in film, television, music, and more. Celebrating both home-grown talent and international stars, ETALK became the first daily Canadian entertainment newsmagazine when it launched in 2002. ETALK is produced by Bell Media Studios. Executive Producers are Michelle Crespi, Manny Groneveldt, and Jennifer Morrison. Nanci MacLean is Vice-President, Bell Media Studios and President, Pinewood Toronto Studios. Pat DiVittorio is Vice-President, CTV and Specialty Programming. Mike Cosentino is President, Content and Programming, Bell Media. Randy Lennox is President, Bell Media. More information about ETALK can be found at, as well as on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook at @etalkCTV, and YouTube.

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