HD Production Plans Revealed for CTV
News Special Tomorrow
-- 20 HD camera positions, including birds eye view to cover
Installation of Canadas 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: Canadas 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 Jeans 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, Canadas 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 Canadas 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, Canadas 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, Canadas premier multi-media company. More
information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at www.ctv.ca.