CTV cancels ‘Canada AM’ ahead of announcement of new morning show

UPDATE: CTV confirmed on June 6 that Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake will co-host the new show and that it will be produced at its downtown Toronto location. Titled Your Morning, the show will also feature Melissa Grelo, Lindsey Deluce, and Kelsey McEwen.

Pop Goes The News — CTV announced Thursday that Canada AM will end on Friday and be replaced this fall by a new morning show.

According to sources, the reboot will be co-hosted by Ben Mulroney and Anne-Marie Mediwake.

CTV has only said it will announce the new show next week. In the meantime, programming from CTV News Network will air in the 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. Canada AM time slot.

Canada AM debuted in September 1972 and featured hosts including Pamela Wallin (now a Canadian senator), Keith Morrison (Dateline NBC), Seamus O’Regan (Liberal MP), and John Roberts (Fox News).

Current co-host Beverly Thomson will be reassigned to CTV News Network and co-host Marci Ien will develop new projects for parent company Bell Media. Weather personality Jeff Hutcheson previously announced he is retiring.

“We are incredibly thankful to our viewers from coast-to-coast-to-coast who have been with us on this journey and a heartfelt part of our TV family all these years,” the three hosts said in a joint statement.

“We are extremely proud of Canada AM. It has been our privilege to be part of this historic Canadian series that brought us the opportunity to work with such an incredible team.”

For many years, Canada AM only aired nationally on CTV News Network because stations in Western Canada and in Ottawa had locally-produced shows, CTV Morning Live.

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Details of the new show are being kept under wraps until the network’s UpFront presentation to advertisers on June 8.

Sources say unlike Canada AM — which was produced at CTV’s studio on the eastern edge of Toronto — the new show will originate from the downtown Toronto building where shows like The Social and Marilyn Denis Show are made.

Bell Media’s Randy Lennox said in a statement: “We look forward to building upon the success of Canada AM as we move forward.”

Mulroney, the Montreal-born son of former prime minister Brian Mulroney, has been a CTV fixture for more than a decade.

He worked at the short-lived Talk! channel, reported for Canada AM, and hosted Canadian Idol — but is best known for co-hosting CTV’s daily entertainment show, eTalk.

The 40-year-old and his fashion stylist wife Jessica Brownstein are parents of 5-year-old twins Brian and John and daughter Isabel, who turns 3 on June 12.

Mediwake started her TV career in Alberta — where her family immigrated from Sri Lanka — and moved to Toronto to report for CTV News and co-host the youth-oriented current affairs show 21C.

She took an anchor job at Global News in Toronto before moving to CBC News Network, where she anchored the morning show for about a year.

In October 2010, she was named co-anchor (with Dwight Drummond) of the CBC Toronto News — a job she left in late-April. At the time, CBC News said she was “leaving for another opportunity.”

Mediwake is married to Darryl Konynenbelt, a former journalist who is currently a senior consultant and media lead at public relations firm Navigator. The two are parents of triplets Annabel, Libby, and Maxim — who celebrate their 9th birthday on June 14.

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Rogers-owned City airs locally-produced versions of Breakfast Television (BT) in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver. The franchise was launched in 1989.

Global, owned by Corus, has local morning shows in Western markets but, in other cities, combines local news with content broadcast from Toronto. There is also a 30-minute national show that airs at 9 a.m.

15 thoughts

  1. OMGOSH – I have watched and loved Canada AM for so many years, I can’t remember. It always gave me lots of laughs and put a smile on my face before I left the house for work. Jeff, Bev and Marci you shall be missed. Good Luck and God Bless.

  2. What a disappointment! For loyal viewers of this show who have watched religiously over the years, this was a slap in the face. The chemistry between the hosts, the outstanding contributors, the mix of information and entertainment will all be sorely missed.
    Would an email campaign help bring back this institution? #bringbackcanadaam
    You’ve lost a viewer CTV.

  3. I won’t be watching another talk show with Mulroney in it, so bye bye bye CTV, it won’t last , it won’t be or come even close to what Canada AM was, this new one will be for younger people , like there aren’t enough entertainment talk shows for the younger group. You got this one wrong Bell as usual

  4. Bell you suck. Love Canada am and the hosts. Since I don’t really like Ben Mulroney guess other option is to watch American crap.

  5. Bell you suck, love Canada AM, don’t really like Ben Mulroney.
    I’ll be forced to watch American crapy tv.
    If your targeting the younger audience,their at work at that time,wake up you had a great morning show.

  6. Big mistake!!!! The new replacement show will be nothing but a flop!
    Canada AM was an excellent source of information and news source.
    I have started my mornings watching it.
    But I guess it all comes down to money not ratings!
    All the best Beverly and Marci in your new positions and happy retirement Jeff….you all will be missed!

  7. Congratulations Anne-Marie!! We have fond memories of you playing with our daughter Leanne when you lived in Brooks. We wish you all the best in your new adventure!!
    Really enjoyed your special about the Tsunami after you and your Dad went to Sri Lanka after the disaster.

  8. Staff only found out a day before the rest of canada? Awful! Way to go Nanci Maclean, for a show that’s been on for 43 years and loved by so many Canadians , CTV have one days notice
    Unbelievable. You have lost many viewers not only because you cancelled a fantastic show but because of bell’s horrible business ethics that are nonexistent. How could you leave your loyal staff so unprepared? They were the only thing you had going for you as far as competence goes. Congratulations on dumbing people down with more garbage tv.
    Marci , Bev and Jeff I will miss you so so much and I thank you for spending every morning with me for the last 30 years as well as the entire staff that made canada am what it was.

  9. So sad not to be able to share breakfast with my friends on AM every morning… as for a new show with Ben… I will see what other channels have to offer… My life is too important to spend watching etalk like stuff…

  10. A bad decision and carried out so very poorly. So glad I don’t have bosses like those at Bell Media. As for the new proposed show, it doesn’t matter who the new hosts are, I won’t be watching as I don’t think it will suit my demographic.

  11. Lets get some real people on the morning show…Elitism and looks not good enough….Ge

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