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HD Production Plans Revealed for CTV News Special Tomorrow

-- 20 HD camera positions, including birds eye view to cover
Installation of Canada’s New Governor General, Sept. 27 on CTV, CTV Newsnet --


Toronto, Ontario (September 26, 2005) – For the first time ever a Canadian broadcaster will produce and deliver a news special in High Definition. As announced last week, CTV News Special: Canada’s 27th Governor General will air Tuesday, September 27 beginning at 10:25 a.m. ET on CTV and in HD on CTV HD East and CTV HD West. The special will also be carried live on CTV Newsnet.

Today CTV revealed details behind the ambitious broadcast. CTV will employ two HD mobile production trucks and a total of 20 High Definition camera positions including one from underneath the CTV News helicopter so that producers can track Madame Jean as she moves from Rideau Gate to the House of Commons.

Chief News Anchor and Senior News Editor, Lloyd Robertson, will anchor the event live from the Senate Foyer. He will be joined by Chief Political Correspondent Craig Oliver for analysis. Reporter Rosemary Thompson will provide the reaction from spectators outside the House of Commons and invited guests inside the Senate Foyer. Among the list of expected interviewees are David Mitchell, a historian from the University of Ottawa and several of Madame Jean’s friends.

This production is the latest in a list of HD initiatives for CTV Inc. Below is an overall timeline of HD developments for the company:

Aug. 15, 2003     - TSN HD and Discovery HD are launched
Nov. 19, 2003     - CTV launches “CTV HD East”
June 1, 2004     - CTV launches “CTV HD West”
April 5, 2005     - CTV launches “CTV HD East” over-the-air via Toronto transmitter
    ? available on Channel 40 UHF.
April 21, 2005     - CTV Specialty files application for Discovery HD Theatre, Canada’s first
    24-hour HD specialty service.
June 21, 2005     - CTV launches “CTV HD West” over-the-air via B.C. transmitter
    ? available on Channel 33 UHF.
Aug. 17, 2005     - CTV becomes first national broadcaster to transmit over-the-air in HD as it completes installation of transmitters in Toronto and Vancouver

CTV is home to Canada’s most-watched newscasts both locally and nationally and has a network of national, international and local news operations including nine foreign and seven domestic network news bureaus. CTV News operations include CTV Newsnet, Report on Business Television and information programming, including CTV News with Lloyd Robertson, CTV News with Sandie Rinaldo, Canada AM, W-FIVE and Question Period. With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the number-one news organization in Canada.

CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It has the number-one national newscast, CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 14 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN.

CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca.


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