The president of CTV News, Wendy Freeman, announced today that Kevin Newman joins her network as the co-host of Question Period and as the Digital News Evangelist for Bell Media. In his new role, Newman replaces Jane Taber who co-hosted Question Period with Craig Oliver, Chief Political Correspondent for CTV News.
In 30 years as a journalist, Newman has worked at ABC News in the United States and, here in Canada, he has spent time at all three Canadian national news networks. About a year ago, Newman ended a 10-year run as national news anchor and executive editor at Global Television.
Newman has won two Gemini Awards for Best News Anchor (2005 & 2006), adding to his two Emmy Awards and a distinguished Peabody Award he won while in the U.S. His time as anchor of Global National earned him Best Anchor Awards and nominations from the B.C. Film Institute and Canada’s Radio-Television News Directors Association.
I see this as a terrific move by CTV. Let’s hope it also finds a way to upgrade its daily politics show, Power Play, where host Don Martin has been struggling in his attempt to look anything like a professional host of a what once was a first-rate network program.