CTV News to open five bureaus, add 15 beats

Boasting that it is adding to its news operations while other broadcasters are "retreating," CTV News announced yesterday it is adding five new foreign correspondents, creating 15 new specialty reporting beats, and is launching a new half-hour documentary series aimed at younger Canadians.

The new bureaus, are part of a $230 million benefits package that BCE Enterprises agreed to spend when it received CRTC approval to acquire CTV.

The new bureaus will be located in New Delhi (Matt McClure), Los Angeles (Matt Cowan), Mexico City (Denelle Balfour), Kampala (Murray Oliver) and Sydney (Jonathan Gravenor). With CTV's existing bureaus in Washington, London, Beijing, Moscow and Jerusalem, the full complement is now 10, making it Canada's most extensive network of international journalists. It also maintains bureaus in eight Canadian cities.

Filing to both local and national newscasts, the new team of beat reporters will be Web-trained specialists covering the areas of science and technology and health and safety.

CTV will also air a new documentary series, 21C (for Twenty-first Century), which aims to take investigative journalism to younger audiences. With hosts Dominic Patten and Anne-Marie Mediwake, the show, beginning Oct. 21, will air Sundays at 7:30 p.m.

CTV yesterday also announced that current Parliament Hill reporter Lisa LaFlamme and current sports broadcaster Rod Black will co-host the network's national morning show "Canada AM."

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