Kevin Newman Steps Down as Host of W5; Evolves Role with CTV News

— August 6, 2019

– W5 returns to CTV for 54th season, Saturday, Sept. 21 –

TORONTO (August 6, 2019) – CTV News announced today that Kevin Newman will be stepping down as Host and Correspondent of W5 when the award-winning investigative series returns to CTV for an unprecedented 54th season on Sept. 21.

“I feel genuinely fortunate to have done some of the most meaningful work of my career at W5,” said Newman. “After four decades of reporting, it’s time to make room for the next generation, and I am grateful to be contributing to CTV News in new ways.”

Newman’s decision to take a step back from helming W5 allows him time to focus on other projects, including a new podcast series for CTV News and iHeartRadio. With complete details to be announced soon, this new podcast project will be released in the lead-up to and throughout the Canadian federal election and will focus on issues related to technology and democracy.

“Kevin has been an integral part of our news team’s mission to deliver compelling and in-depth news stories that matter to Canadians,” said Wendy Freeman, President of CTV News. “We’re very supportive of Kevin’s decision and look forward to continuing our work with him in a variety of new ways, including as a contributor to CTV NATIONAL NEWS during the Canadian federal election.”

“Kevin has reported many of our toughest and most insightful stories on W5 in recent years. He has also been instrumental in our reaching new audiences and in developing our crisp, cinematic visual style,” said Anton Koschany, Executive Producer, W5. “I am thrilled that Kevin will continue his association with W5 and look forward to developing special projects and stories with him in the future.”

When W5 returns for its 54th season next month (Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, CTV.ca, and the CTV app), CTV’s Chief News Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, W5 Reporter and CTV NATIONAL NEWS Weekend Anchor Sandie Rinaldo, and W5 investigative journalists Avery Haines and Peter Akman, will be joined by a roster of distinguished correspondents from across CTV News in contributing to Canada’s most-watched documentary program.

While preparing a complete new season of the program’s innovative, investigative, and inspirational reporting, W5 continues to prove that its unparalleled breadth and depth of reporting stands the test of time. Last month alone, a news conference was held to seek public help in solving the cases of four missing seniors in Muskoka – a story that W5 reported more than a decade ago – and a candid and chilling W5 interview from last season with a cartel leader was revisited when Mexican police announced they had arrested a man believed to be the interview subject.

About Kevin Newman

Kevin Newman is a household name, known to viewers as a news anchor in Canada and the U.S. for more than 40 years. Prior to becoming Host and Correspondent for the award-winning W5 in September 2012, Newman’s career had taken him to every major hotspot across the planet, and through every community, territory, and province in Canada, where he’s covered some of the most significant events in recent history, from 9/11 and the Asian Tsunami to Mandela’s release and Chris Hadfield singing in orbit. He has been embedded with Canadian troops in Afghanistan, and led award-winning newscasts north and south of the border. His work has garnered the industry’s highest honours, including Emmy® Awards, Gemini Awards, and a Peabody Award.

About CTV News

CTV News is Canada’s most-watched news organization both locally and nationally, and has a network of national, international, and local news operations. CTV News operations include CTV NEWS CHANNEL, BNN Bloomberg, CP24, and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO, W5, POWER PLAY, and QUESTION PERIOD. Flagship news sites include CTVNews.ca, as well as CP24.com and BNNBloomberg.ca, and are complemented by the CTV NewsCP24, and BNN Bloomberg apps, and text-over-video product, ON THE GO, which provide a direct connection to Canada’s most trusted news anytime and anywhere. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the #1 news organization in Canada.

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