Citytv celebrates its 40th anniversary in Toronto on Friday, September 28.
The station will air a special retrospective five-part news special, Citytv: 40 and Fab, during the newscasts on CityNews at Five and CityNews at Six on Citytv, CityNews Channel and online at CityNews.ca.
Monday, September 24 to Friday, September 28, viewers will have the chance to remember and see how Citytv changed the landscape of TV broadcast – from hiring people with disabilities 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, the series was created to bring back fond memories of ‘the little station that could.’
Citytv has already honoured one of its longest serving employees – news anchor Gord Martineau, who’s been with the company for 35 years.
Currently the anchor of Citytv’s flagship newscast, CityNews at Six, Martineau joined the Citytv family in September 1977 and has since become one of Toronto’s most recognized news anchors.
Footage from some of Martineau’s early years at Citytv will also air as part of the video celebrations.