Times are changing and CHEK TV has announced that as of Saturday September 1st it's time for CHEK TV to change to CH Vancouver Island.
As a CanWest Global affiliate CH will carry the best of Global programming including dynamic new shows like the groundbreaking thriller 24, starring Kiefer Sutherland. Citizen Baines, starring James Cromwell, is a new drama from mega producer John Wells who changed the one-hour series forever with ER and The West Wing. Academy Award winners Richard Dreyfuss and Marcia Gay Harden star in another new series The Education of Max Bickford. Some familiar favourites include Dharma & Greg and Will & Grace.
On the local scene, CH News is making a commitment of expanded news coverage. "We've made a promise to the people of Vancouver Island, to provide the very best news and information seven days a week...noon, evening and night with more cameras, more reporters and more hours of local news than ever before" says Eberle, "We are also commitment to not only produce and provide excellent programming, but also to be a force in the communities we services across Vancouver Island".
CH currently has news bureaus in key communities on the island that will reflect the island in all its diversity on local news and programming. Next Wednesday CH will officially open its new studios in Nanaimo. Reporters will anchor segments from the 'harbour city', and feature guests from Nanaimo.
In all, CH has added 17 staffers to the newsroom, and will soon be adding a Port Alberni bureau and environment reporter. CH News has also made some key personnel changes. Popular radio host Ed Bain is now the station's full-time Weather anchor, while Veronica Cooper becomes CH classroom reporter, focusing on classroom activities from kindergarten through university. Stacy Ross becomes CH's main sports anchor, and former BCTV sports anchor Keith Wells moves to CH Sports as a videographer, providing sports news and features every night.
CH News Director, Ian Haysom, says CH has beefed up it's reporting as well as it's arts and entertainment coverage on Vancouver Island: "We're selling credibility and comprehensive coverage of Vancouver Island, with some familiar friends and fresh faces. With the introduction of Go! magazine, we're the only TV station in the Victoria/Vancouver area dedicating a nightly prime-time show to a local magazine format. It will be a mix of lifestyles, arts and entertainment, recreation and a few surprises."
CH News at Noon - A solid hour of news and features that will keep you informed about the world around you, hosted by Bruce McAllister. CH News at Noon will also incorporate 'Your Say', a daily phone-in segment.
CH News at 5 - brings you a first glimpse of the day's news - local, national and international. This hour-long newscast, hosted by Hudson Mack, will be jam packed with the issues you care about. It will incorporate A Closer Look, an in-depth segment on a major issue of the day, hosted by Sophie Lui.
CH News at 6 - A 30 minute, fast-paced news show hosted by Meribeth Burton and Bruce McAllister. It's otherwise know as commuter news - everything you missed on the drive home and everything you need to know will be incorporated into this half hour newscast.
CH Weekend News - is an hour long and airs Saturdays and Sundays at 5:00pm. CH Weekend News focuses on bringing you the day's top stories as well as insight and interviews on what's going on around us.
CH News Final - hosted by Sophie Lui will wrap up the days news in 30 minutes. CH News Final airs Monday to Friday at 11:30pm.
Sports Page - hosted by Barry Macdonald is the number-one-rated sports show in B.C. Sports Page can be seen at 11pm on CH Television and will feature both the major sports of the day as well as Vancouver Island sports highlights and features.
Go! - an eclectic magazine program of lifestyles, arts and entertainment that celebrates everything that's great on Vancouver Island. Go airs weeknights at 6:30 and is hosted by Nancy Sinclair, who cut her teeth as a radio reporter in Duncan and most recently hosted shows on Country Music Television.
Add to all of the above, a powerhouse of star-driven films, blockbuster features and NFL football and you have a station worth watching, and it's still the same place on the dial.
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