Robert Hurst appointed president, CTV News


Toronto, - CTV has named Robert Hurst as president of CTV News.

Hurst, a veteran award-winning journalist, who has been with CTV News for more than 28 years, will be responsible for CTV's news operations CTV News, CTV Newsnet, Report on Business Television) and information programming, including CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, CTV News With Sandie Rinaldo, Canada AM, W-FIVE, Question Period and 21C. He also will have shared responsibility for local news at all CTV stations.

Hurst succeeds Kirk LaPointe, who resigned to pursue other interests.

"I am delighted that Robert has accepted this promotion. He is a world-class journalist with hands-on experience in national, international and local news," said Ivan Fecan, President and CEO of Bell Globemedia and CEO of CTV Inc.

"He is highly competitive and a team builder, which will prove invaluable in bringing all CTV News services closer together."

Hurst said, "I am excited to be returning to the network news operation that provides Canadians the best television news every day from the country's finest journalists."

Fecan added, "I wish also to thank Kirk for his achievements over the past two years in the face of increased competition. His leadership in a rapidly changing environment kept CTV News number one."

Previously, Hurst was Senior Vice-President and General Manager of BC CTV, where he relaunched the local Vancouver station as a CTV affiliate and moved BC CTV's local news into second place, in a highly competitive market. Prior to this, he was Acting Senior Vice-President at CTV News.

Hurst's appointment is effective immediately, however he will stay in Vancouver for a turnover and transition period, moving to Toronto in early November.

He will report to the President of CTV. On matters related to branding and scheduling, he will report to the President of CTV Programming
and Chair of the CTV Media Group.

Hurst began his broadcasting career in 1973 as a writer for Canada AM. His first reporting job was covering Toronto City Hall. In 1976, at twenty-six years old, he was appointed News Director at CFTO.

In 1979, Hurst returned to the field and for the following 16 years was posted to six Canadian and international bureaus. He is the only Canadian correspondent to have been assigned to three major capitals -- Washington, Moscow and Beijing -- as well as to Edmonton, Halifax and Ottawa.

In 1994, Hurst returned to Canada and held numerous senior positions at CTV News, including Executive Producer of W-FIVE, Chief News Editor and Vice-President. In 1995, he drafted the application for CTV News 1 (now CTV Newsnet).

Hurst is a six-time Gemini Award nominee, including three Best Reportage nominations for his stories on Central America, Haiti and Russia. The New York Film Festival awarded Robert a Gold Medal for his 1983 documentary, China Today, about life after Mao Tse-Tung. During his posting on Parliament Hill, he co-authored a book on the Sinclair Stevens scandal.

He was also honoured in 1994, as the founder of The Moscow Little League, Russia's first baseball league for youngsters.

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