Citytv celebrates its 40th anniversary in Toronto on Friday, September 28. To mark this occasion, we plan to air a special retrospective five-part news special. Citytv: 40 and Fab will air Monday, September 24 to Friday, September 28 during the newscasts on CityNews at Five and CityNews at Six on Citytv, CityNews Channel and online at CityNews.ca. Check out Gord Martineau on the Roz & Mocha Show after the jump
Viewers will see how Citytv pioneered change – from hiring with physical challenges and visible minorities, to ditching the conventional newsroom set, to its larger-than-life personalities who became emblematic of Citytv, and introducing groundbreaking programs like Baby Blue Movies, The New Music, Electric Circus and Speakers Corner.
Told through the eyes of Citytv alumni and current on-air personalities, including The Honourable David C. Onley, Monika Deol, Erica Ehm, Jim McKenny, Peter Gross, Debbie Van Kiekebelt (Canada’s first female TV sportscaster), producer Robert Lantos, and Denise Donlon, Citytv: 40 and Fab is sure to bring back fond memories of ‘the little station that could.’
Citytv: 40 and Fab Series Descriptions
Monday, Sept. 24
Part one of the series explores how Citytv pioneered change in the television industry – from hiring on-air hosts with physical challenges and visible minorities, to ditching the conventional newsroom set.
Tuesday, Sept. 25
In the second installment of the series, Francis D’Souza speaks with The Honourable David C. Onley about his time at Citytv, and others who started their careers at Citytv, including Ali Velshi, JD Roberts, and John Saunders. Viewers will also reminisce about some of Citytv’s most memorable personalities, including Colin Vaughan, Bob Hunter, and Mark Dailey.
Wednesday, Sept. 26
The third installment of Citytv: 40 and Fab will examine Citytv’s groundbreaking programming, including Baby Blue Movies, Fashion Television, The New Music, Electric Circus and Speakers Corner.
Thursday, Sept. 27
Citytv has an innate connection with Torontonians. In the fourth part of the series, D’Souza will look at the events that have brought Citytv closer to its viewers, including Breakfast Television’s annual Viewer Appreciation Day.
Friday, Sept. 28
Concluding the series is a look at Citytv’s future in Toronto and Canada, as it expands its footprint across the country.