Breakfast television


''Breakfast Television'' (''BT'') is the branding used for morning shows broadcast by stations of Rogers Media's television network Citytv. As of November 17, 2020, ''BT'' only broadcast in CITY-DT, Toronto, while the versions in CKVU-DT, Vancouver, and CKAL-DT, Calgary were cut; versions used to be broadcast in CHMI-DT, Winnipeg, CKEM-DT, Edmonton and CJNT-DT, Montreal, but have been cancelled and replaced with alternative programming. The version broadcast by the Atlantic Satellite Network (which was owned by Citytv's former parent CHUM Limited, and is now owned by competitor Bell Media) continued to use the brand under licence from Rogers until 2011, when it was re-launched as ''CTV Morning Live'' upon the service's rebranding as CTV 2 Atlantic. On September 5, 2011, each of the local editions of ''Breakfast Television'' across all of the Citytv owned-and-operated stations began starting a half-hour earlier, running from 5:30–9 a.m. In April 2012, the Winnipeg edition reverted to the 6-9 a.m. runtime. In September 2019, the Montreal version of the program was discontinued, while the Calgary and Vancouver versions were re-launched on September 23, 2019 using a "hybrid" format incorporating segments of national interest from the Toronto version. On March 23, 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, ''Breakfast Television'' added a national hour, airing on all Citytv stations (outside of Citytv Saskatchewan) live at 9:00 a.m. EDT. On November 17, 2020, ''BT Vancouver'' and ''BT Calgary'' were cancelled, and a new national BT will be launched in early 2021.

Toronto edition

''Breakfast Television'' premiered on September 9, 1989 with co-hosts Ann Rohmer and David Onley, with MuchMusic VJ Steve Anthony broadcasting from a different spot around the area each day. Kevin Frankish handled news updates from the ''CityPulse'' (later ''CityNews'') newsroom (he also handled the overnight updates broadcast from the assignment desk that flowed directly into ''BT''). From 1995 to 2008, BT was simulcast on then-sister station CKVR-DT, CKVR in Barrie, with ''VRLand News'' inserts replacing the ''CityPulse''/''CityNews'' segments. Co-host Liza Fromer quit her job at ''BT'' in July 2006, days after the birth of her child. Kevin Frankish has blogged that her departure from the show was "on the absolute best of terms". ''BT'' has encouraged people to send audition tapes for consideration. During the summer of 2006, a number of CHUM personalities were invited to guest co-host with Kevin Frankish in the search for the next permanent host. The guest hosts included ''CityNews'' sports anchor Kathryn Humphreys, health specialist Laura DiBattista, consumer specialist Jee-Yun-Lee, former Citytv weather specialist Nalini Sharma, former reporter Melissa Grelo, ''etalk'' correspondent Tracy Melchor, BT's own Jennifer Valentyne, and E! (Canadian TV channel), Star!'s Dina Pugliese. On October 13, 2006, Dina Pugliese became the new co-host of the show. Every August since 2005, ''BT'' has organized a "Viewer Appreciation Day", held in the BT parking lot.Inside BT blog:
Second BT Viewer Appreciation Day A Smash Success
", 11 August 2006.
Gates open at 6 a.m., and closed due to capacity crowds early into 7 a.m. Some people began camping out at ''BT'' at 5:30 p.m. the day before the 2006 Viewer Appreciation Day. ''Breakfast Television'' has also held other events, such as a successful world record attempt and a Christmas party. The BT Viewer Appreciation Day has since been cancelled, with only the Christmas Party remaining. Just as many people within the ''CityNews'' team started off on the CHUM phoneline, both Jennifer Valentyne and producer Kevin Forget started by working at "the ''BT'' Diner". In March 2019, BT Toronto hosted a week-long kid's competition called ''BT Kids Got Talent Week'', where children showed their talent on the show. It was hosted by BT's Dina Pugliese and Devo Brown. In April 2020, during an interview on ''Breakfast Television'', Simon Cowell announced a spin-off version of the show called ''Canadian Family's Got Talent'' carried out virtually by Citytv during the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada. The contest, presented by Canadian Tire, ran from April 27 to May 26, and was judged by Cowell alongside hosts Dina Pugliese and Devo Brown. The contest was won by Toronto-based singing trio CZN. In July 2020, Roger Petersen announced that he would be leaving ''BT''. On January 21, 2021 it was announced Sid Seixeiro of Sportsnet's ''Tim & Sid'' would become the new co-host of the program on March 10, 2021.

Notable on-air presenters


Anchors/hosts * Dina Pugliese - co-host * Devo Brown - co-host * Sid Seixeiro - co-host * Frank Ferragine - weather specialist; also fill-in host and Live Eye on-location reporter * Melanie Ng - news anchor and reporter *Stephanie Henry - Traffic Reporter * Nicole Servinis - Live Eye reporter


*Jennifer Valentyne - Live Eye reporter from 1992 to April. 1, 2016 (now host of The Bachelor & Bachelorette Canada After Show on W Network and a co-host on Derringer in the Morning on Q107) *Steve Anthony - Live Eye reporter 1989 to 1994 (co-host of CP24 Breakfast until 2018 and now head of media relations at Direct Global and Direct Coops) *Hugh Burrill - sports/early morning talk (later as sports reporter for ''CityNews'' and now with FAN 590) *Liza Fromer - co-host from 2001 to 2006 (left following end of maternity leave and later host of ''The Morning Show'' on CIII-DT, Global Toronto until late summer 2016; now MC and author) *Russ Holden - traffic reporter for CHFI since 1967, late with 680News, Citynews and BT (retired September 2017) *Tracy Moore (Canadian journalist), Tracy Moore - reporter/fill-in news anchor from 2005 to 2007 (host of CityLine since 2008) *David Onley - news anchor from 1989 to 1994 (later became Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and now retired from broadcasting) *Ann Rohmer - host from 1989 to 2001 (moved on to CP24 after sale to Bell, briefly retired 2015 and now anchor with CP24) *Kevin Frankish - co-host from 1989 to 2018 *Roger Petersen - co-host from 2018 to 2020. Former need anchor on CityNews and briefly as reporter with CFTO

Vancouver edition

CKVU launched ''Breakfast Television'' in 2002. The original hosts of ''Breakfast Television'' were Michael Eckford and Fiona Forbes, then they were replaced by Shane Foxman and Beverley Mahood, and since 2005, Simi Sara and Dave Gerry hosted the program, but as of August 13, 2008, they were let go. On January 19, 2010, the length of BT was shortened from four hours to three hours, and six employees laid off as a result of "severe financial issues" with the Citytv stations. A new format for ''Breakfast Television'' debuted in September 2008, with a new traffic and TransLink (British Columbia), TransLink reporter. As part of Rogers Media's May 3, 2012 renewal of its affiliation agreement with Jim Pattison Group-owned Citytv affiliates CKPG-TV/Prince George, British Columbia, Prince George, CFJC-TV/Kamloops and CHAT-TV/Medicine Hat, the three stations will begin simulcasting the Vancouver edition of ''Breakfast Television'' on September 1, 2012 as part of an expansion of Citytv programming on the stations, which will follow the program grid of CKVU (with breakaways from the Vancouver program grid for their weekday evening and midday newscasts and other locally produced programs). On September 5, 2019, Rogers laid off 4 employees from CKVU and placed ''Breakfast Television'' on hiatus until September 23. At this time the program was relaunched with a new hybrid format, consisting of a mixture of local content with national entertainment and lifestyle segments produced from Toronto. On November 17, 2020, Rogers Sports & Media imposed staff cuts across the country, including cancelling ''Breakfast Television'' in Vancouver and Calgary.

Notable on-air presenters


* Tasha Chiu (2008–2008) * Michael Eckford - host (2002–2003), was at CKNW-AM, CKNW 980 * Fiona Forbes - host (2002–2003), was at Shaw TV Vancouver * Beverley Mahood - host (2003–2005); was co-host of CMT (Canada), CMT Canada's flagship program, ''CMT Central'') * Simi Sara (2005–2008), now at CKNW-AM, Global News Radio 980 CKNW * Jody Vance (2012–2016) - co-host/news anchor, was at CIRH-FM, Roundhouse Radio * Dawn Chubai (2004-2017) - host (Trending, Live Eye, Weather) * Riaz Meghji - host (2008-2019) * Kyle Donaldson - (2017-2020) news anchor * Mary Cranston - (2019-2020) news anchor * Greg Harper - (2010-2020) reporter/news anchor * Thor Diakow - (2005-2020) entertainment host/traffic * Russ Lacate - (2011-2020) weather

Calgary edition

CHUM Limited purchased Craig Wireless, Craig Media in late 2004. The $265 million deal included, among other things, Craig's three A-Channel (Craig Media), A-Channel stations (CKAL-DT, CKAL-TV in Calgary, Alberta; CKEM-DT, CKEM-TV in Edmonton, Alberta and CHMI-DT, CHMI-TV in Winnipeg, Manitoba). In February 2005, CHUM announced that the A-Channel stations would be relaunched as Citytv stations by that fall. The morning show on the original A-Channel stations, ''The Big Breakfast (Canada), The Big Breakfast'', was relaunched as ''Breakfast Television'' on August 2, 2005 alongside their re-branding as Citytv. The A-Channel brand was subsequently transferred to CHUM's NewNet stations, whose own morning programs were retitled ''A-Channel Morning''. As in Vancouver, Rogers made cuts to ''Breakfast Television'' in Calgary in September 2019, placing the program on hiatus and re-launching it on September 23 with the same, aforementioned format changes.

Calgary presenters

Past presenters

* Ross Hull - Live Eye reporter * Dave Kelly (actor), Dave Kelly - main anchor (2005–2009) * Mike McCourt - news anchor * Jill Belland - host

Former editions


CHMI-DT, CHMI-TV in Winnipeg, Manitoba produced a version of ''Breakfast Television'' from August 2, 2005 to January 6, 2015 - the station was purchased along with CKAL-DT in Calgary and CKEM-DT in Edmonton. The final hosts were Courtney Ketchen, Jeremy John, Jenna Khan and Drew Kozub. It was replaced with a simulcast of ''Wheeler in the Morning''—the morning show of sister radio station CITI-FM—starting on January 12, 2015. Khan and Kozub were retained as co-hosts for news and entertainment segments shown during the program on television in place of music.

Notable former presenters

* Pay Chen - host (2009-2011) * Jon Ljungberg - host (?-2010) * Erin Selby - host (2005-2007)

Atlantic Canada

From 1992 to 2011, the Atlantic Satellite Network (ASN) in Atlantic Canada, now known as CTV Two Atlantic, aired its own local version of ''BT''. At the time of its launch, ASN and Citytv (Toronto) were both owned by CHUM Limited, and both channels had a similar overall movies-focused format. The Atlantic edition of ''BT'' was similar to the Toronto version, but with a greater emphasis on the culture of the region, as matters such as commuter traffic are typically less of a concern in Atlantic Canada. ASN was acquired by Baton Broadcasting (predecessor of the present-day Bell Media) in 1997, but was permitted to continue using ''Breakfast Television'' as the title of its morning show. In August 2011, the program was re-branded as ''CTV Morning Live'', in keeping with the launch (or relaunch) of local morning shows under the same title on CTV Television Network, CTV and CTV Two stations in various parts of Canada.


On May 7, 2015, Rogers announced the cancellation of ''Breakfast Television'' in Edmonton as part of cutbacks. It was replaced by a spin-off known as ''Dinner Television'', which was a two-hour weeknight newsmagazine which did not contain original news reporting. Encores of the previous edition of ''Dinner Television'' with an "L-bar" displaying updated news and weather information were broadcast during its former morning timeslot. ''Dinner Television'' was subsequently cancelled and replaced by the newly relaunched ''CityNews'' in 2017. The morning timeslot is now filled by CityLine.

Notable former presenters

* Bill Welychka - host (2005-2006)


Rogers was granted approval by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission, CRTC on December 20, 2012 to acquire CJNT-DT, CJNT Montreal and convert it from a multicultural station to a fully English Citytv station. As part of the approval, Rogers had until September 1, 2013 to produce local programming on the station, which included a three-hour Montreal edition of ''Breakfast Television''. On June 6, 2013, Rogers announced that the Montreal edition of ''Breakfast Television'' would premiere on August 26, 2013, and would be hosted by Alexandre Despatie and Joanne Vrakas. Despatie left the program in 2015, and was succeeded by Derick Fage. On September 5, 2019, Rogers Media announced the cancellation of ''Breakfast Television Montreal'', effective immediately. Colette Watson, senior vice-president of television and broadcast operations at Rogers Media, stated: "This was a difficult decision, but at the end of the day, the show was not sustainable".

Notable former presenters

* Joanne Vrakas - co-host * Derick Fage - co-host (2015-2019) * Catherine Verdon Diamond - Weather and traffic * Alexandre Despatie - co-host (2013-2015)


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