HALIFAX – Continuing with its dedication to expanding local programming across the country, Shaw Media is pleased to announce the launch of a new morning news program at Global Maritimes. The Morning News will continue in Global News’ established tradition of giving viewers a mix of timely information and in-depth conversation. The Morning News launches Monday, January 28th and will air weekdays from 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. AT.
“As Canada’s fastest-growing news organization, the launch of the Morning News in Halifax caps off what has been a highly successful morning show expansion across Canada,” says Troy Reeb, Senior Vice President, News and Station Operations.
“Having launched morning shows in all local stations east of Saskatoon throughout the past year-and-a-half, we are proud to be providing viewers with 189 total hours of locally-produced morning news content every week, by far the most of any other network in the country.”
With both programs bringing together a team of vibrant, upbeat broadcast professionals and fresh, new ideas for delivering the news, the launch of the Global Maritimes Morning News program will give viewers an alternative to morning television shows presented by the competition.
Led by three dynamic on-air personalities in Paul Brothers, Crystal Garrett and Jill Chappell, Global Maritimes’ Morning News promises to provide viewers with an energetic, intelligent and insightful breakfast conversation in the morning. Buoyed by this strong team, the Morning News will report on the stories of most importance to Haligonians, while providing them with all the weather and traffic information they need to start their day.
As the morning progresses, the Morning News team will also report and discuss key lifestyles stories making headlines locally, nationally and internationally. The program will also feature interviews with community leaders and big-name celebrity talent alike, conducted out of Global Maritimes’ brand new, state-of-the-art Gottingen Street studio. This central location will ensure that the Morning News team is continuously at the heart of everything happening in the city.
The Global Maritimes Morning News team is as follows:Paul Brothers: Anchor/Host
Born and raised in Newfoundland, Brothers landed his first job in television in 2007, as the Halifax host and producer for MuchMusic’s weekly music program Going Coastal, where he interviewed hundreds of bands from the East Coast’s bustling music scene. In 2010, Brothers landed as a job with national sports channel The Score, where he interviewed sports legends including Steve Yzerman, Jerry Rice, and Roberto Alomar. An avid mountain biker in the summer and an avid curling fan in the winter, Brothers spends plenty of time with his fiancé at curling rinks across the country.
Crystal Garrett: Anchor/Host
No stranger to morning television, Garrett first worked as a sports anchor in London, Ontario while finishing her master’s degree in journalism from the University of Western Ontario. Garrett later hosted Global Quebec’s (now Global Montreal) morning news program This Morning Live before moving to Halifax, where she worked in local radio before co-hosting CTV Atlantic’s Breakfast Television. An avid runner, Garrett was a member of Canadian National running team in 1999, specializing in the 10km run and is a five-time Academic All-Canadian.
An accomplished anchor and producer, Chappell began her career as a performer at the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia and travelled the world with the production company. Looking to share more stories with a wider audience, Jill moved into television as a reporter, producer, and anchor for CTV Atlantic. While there, Chappell also hosted the annual IWK telethon for Children, raising the necessary funds for medical equipment, research, and patient support programs. When not volunteering, Chappell likes to dine out at the latest restaurants and practice yoga.
The launch of the Morning News continues what has already been a highly successful morning show expansion. With a total of six local shows launched in communities across the country in the past two years, alongside a national breakfast program, Global News continues to dominate the competition by holding Canada’s largest morning show audience in the key news-relevant Adults 25-54 demographic*.
* (Source: BBM Canada PPM, Total Canada, Sep 10-Nov 11, 2012, confirmed data, A2+ & A25-54).