It didn’t take nearly as long as I expected for CTV to announce a replacement for the suddenly cancelled Canada AM. Perhaps that shouldn’t be surprising though, considering that what they’ve come up with sounds…pretty much exactly like Canada AM just with different people and probably a new set. Apparently evolving the landscape for today’s modern audiences just means let’s give ’em more Ben Mulroney. Yay, and stuff.
Seriously, read this and tell me what sounds any different from what we already had. There’s news, weather, presumably sports, opinions on the news, lifestyle topics, entertainment…christ, the damn thing is even three hours long just like Canada AM was. People are getting paid for this level of creativity, ladies and gentlemen.
CTV reaffirmed its commitment to original daytime television with the announcement today of a new, daily, morning program. From Bell Media In-House Productions, the live, three-hour program Your Morning will premiere at the end of the summer. The network also confirmed that trusted news veteran Anne-Marie Mediwake (CBC Toronto News) and entertainment journalist Ben Mulroney (ETALK) will host the series.
Your Morning is a new approach to morning television. The series will deliver an original perspective and unique insight into the stories of the day, while showcasing lifestyle topics of interests to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast. News on the program will be delivered by CTV News.
Your Morning will air weekday mornings on CTV (Ontario, Québec, and Eastern Canada) and nationally on CTV News Channel from 6-9 a.m., kicking off CTV’s leading original daytime lineup.
To be broadcast from Bell Media’s downtown broadcast centre at 299 Queen St. West in Toronto, the series comes from the same production team as the top two Canadian daytime series, The Marilyn Denis Show and The Social, and will be helmed by the same executive producer, Michelle Crespi. With a Masters in Journalism from Western University, Crespi returns to her roots in morning television, after starting her career on Canada AM.
“CTV is investing in a new style of morning television,” said Randy Lennox, President, Entertainment Production and Broadcasting, Bell Media. “We believe we can serve viewers and advertisers alike with a wonderful group of captivating personalities to start the day.”
Joining hosts Mediwake and Mulroney are dynamic co-anchors Melissa Grelo (The Social) as Late Morning Anchor, Lindsey Deluce (CP24 Breakfast) as News Anchor, and Kelsey McEwen (CTV Morning Live Calgary) as Weather Anchor.
In addition to their roles on Your Morning, Mulroney will continue as anchor of ETALK, while Grelo will continue as co-host on The Social. Deluce and McEwen will continue their current roles with CP24 and CTV Morning Live Calgary respectively through the end of June.
Your Morning Personalities:
Anne-Marie Mediwake is an accomplished journalist who brings almost two decades of news and current affairs experience back home to CTV where she began her network career as the host of the Gemini Award-winning investigative program 21C, and reporter for CTV National News. Previously, the six-time Canadian Screen Award nominee was the highly respected co-anchor of CBC Toronto News and Global News Toronto. During her expansive career, the Alberta-raised Mediwake has provided award winning coverage of some of Canada and the world’s biggest news stories, including the 2014 Ottawa Terror Attacks and the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing. Smart and compassionate, the multi-faceted journalist has co-anchored the last six municipal, provincial, and federal elections, reported from London during the Royal Wedding and Queen’s Jubilee, and hosted a documentary from her native Sri Lanka on the 2004 South Asian Tsunami. A mother of triplets, she is a passionate advocate for women and children’s issues, which saw her named Toronto Woman of the Year 2011.
With a history degree from Duke University and a law degree from Laval University, Ben Mulroney is a veteran journalist with more than 16 years of experience at Bell Media. No stranger to live television, Mulroney got his start on talktv’s The Chatroom in 2000, and for six seasons, hosted Canadian Idol, at the time the most-watched English language Canadian television show on record. Canada’s premiere entertainment journalist, Mulroney is now in his 14th year with ETALK. As Anchor, Mulroney delivers entertainment news daily from the ETALK studio in Toronto, but also travels across the globe to interview the world’s biggest stars. He is a veteran of the industry’s biggest red carpet events, including the OSCARS, Golden Globes, and The JUNO Awards. Mulroney has also appeared on Good Morning America, guest hosted Live! With Kelly, and was a member of the broadcast team for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. Mulroney works closely with a number of charitable organizations including The Brain Project and Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
Smart, opinionated, and informed, Melissa Grelo is co-host of The Social, and also acts as the show’s moderator. Previously, Grelo was the long-time co-host of the most-watched morning news program in the Greater Toronto Area, CP24 Breakfast, and has anchored and reported on the biggest stories in Canada’s largest news market. The mother of an adventurous young daughter, she is active in the community, specifically with the GTA’s youth, and is the Celebrity Ambassador in Canada for The Prince of Wales’s Campaign for Wool.
Lindsey Deluce is currently the News Anchor for CP24 Breakfast. She joined CP24 in June 2009, as a Remote Host and Anchor. Deluce has demonstrated her keen ability to get the story. She covered the Federal Election 2011 live from Michael Ignatieff’s campaign headquarters, captured the mayhem of the G20 protests on the streets of Toronto in 2010, and got the dirt on the City of Toronto garbage strike in 2009. A volunteer with several events in the community and a mother of two young children, she has also hosted charity events throughout the year including The Walk So Kids Can Talk.
Currently the Meteorologist on CTV Morning Live and CTV NEWS at Noon in Calgary, Kelsey McEwen’s weather career began as a young girl in Alberta. Since her career in journalism began, Kelsey has covered avalanche control in the Kootenay Pass in British Columbia, the 2011 and 2013 floods in Saskatchewan, the record breaking #skstorm tornado season in 2012, and the June 2013 floods in her home province of Alberta. An active volunteer in her community and mother of a young son, McEwen is passionate about science education, and proud to be part of the SkyWatch ‘Weather in the Classroom’ program with CTV.