UPDATE: Toronto 1 finalizes basic carriage, names anchors
TORONTO - The newest broadcast addition to the channel lineup in Southern Ontario, Toronto 1, will occupy channel 15 on the basic cable dial in Toronto, Craig Media announced today.
The move will bump Buffalo NBC affiliate WGRZ, the current occupier of channel 15, up to channel 17 in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton. CTV Newsnet, the current occupier of channel 17 will move to vacant channel 62. In Scarborough and Richmond Hill, Rogers customers will see that NBC channel bumped to channel 23 while CBC Newsworld, currently on channel 23 in those two communities, will be relocated to channel 63, which is vacant. All remain on basic carriage. No announcement has been made on where the channel will land on the dials of other area cable systems.
Toronto 1 will launch on Friday, September 19th at 7 p.m. with a two-hour live broadcast and celebration from the station headquarters at 25 Ontario Street.
Craig Media-owned Toronto 1 also announced it has hired veteran news anchors Ben Chin and Sarika Sehgal. The duo will host the channel's new flagship current affairs TV magazine Toronto Tonight. The hour-long program will air daily at 7:00 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.
The show "will take its cue from Toronto itself, exploring the issues the city cares about and striving to bring viewers closer to the stories of the day with an original take on the events in the City," says the company's release. "Aggressive, entertaining and a purveyor of Toronto trends and Toronto trendsetters, Toronto Tonight promises to be a unique and one-of-a-kind addition to the city's current affairs landscape."
"Ben and Sarika represent a new standard of journalistic excellence," says Barbara Williams, Toronto 1's general manager. "They are superior writers, creators, reporters, news producers and anchors. We are proud they are the new faces of our signature current affairs program."
Chin comes to Toronto 1 from CBC News, where he most recently anchored Canada Now in Toronto. Over the past five years, he has hosted or guest-hosted numerous programs on CBC Television and CBC Newsworld, including The National, Saturday Report and Sunday Report. Chin has also served as bureau chief and reporter for CTV News' Atlantic Bureau. He began his career at Chum's Citytv in 1989, working as a general reporter and anchor for eight years.
Sarika Sehgal joins Toronto 1 from Hamilton's CH News, where she was executive producer and co-anchor of the station's 6 p.m. and late night newscasts. She also worked at CTV Calgary affiliate CFCN, where she anchored and co-produced the top-rated Noon News, reported as an expert health journalist and subbed as an anchor of the evening news. A graduate of Humber College's TV and radio communications program and a bachelor of science from the University of Toronto, Sehgal began her broadcast news career as a producer at Canada AM, then moving on to become a reporter, producer and anchor on live newscasts at the network's Sudbury affiliate MCTV.
The Toronto-born Sehgal has also served as the daily health reporter at Craig Media's A Channel Edmonton, taking on anchoring duties for the station's noon hour newscasts.
"Ben and Sarika together represent the true spirit of this station in current affairs. They have covered the big story and the small story and they know what's important to viewers," said Zev Shalev, Toronto 1's executive producer of current affairs.
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