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News operation

Various staff of CKVR at a 2010 open house. Front row from left: Mike Arsalides (holding paper), Tony Grace, former station manager Peggy Hebden, Rob Cooper, Jayne Pritchard.

CKVR-DT presently broadcasts 9.5 hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with one hour-long show each weekday at 6 p.m., and half-hour shows at 11 p.m. on weekdays, and at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays); in regards to the number of hours devoted to news programming, it is the lowest local newscast output out of any English-language television station in the Toronto market as a whole (of the English stations serving the immediate Toronto area, CBC O&O CBLT-DT produces the lowest newscast output with 11 hours each week). In addition to CKVR-TV's news centre in Barrie, CKVR-DT also operates news bureaus in Collingwood and Muskoka. The station's newscasts are branded CTV News in line with other CTV and CTV Two owned-and-operated stations which also used that brand. The station currently produces a one-hour local news programs weeknights at 6:00, and half-hour programs nightly at 11:00 p.m, and on weekends at 6:00 p.m.

During the station's latter years under CHUM ownership, CKVR simulcast the flagship Toronto edition of CITY-TV's morning programme Breakfast Television, with local news inserts incorporated that focused on stories within the Barrie area. In 2008, CKVR debuted a three-hour weekday morning news programme titled A Morning, which was anchored by K.C. Colby (now weather specialist for the station's weekend evening newscasts) and Jennifer Buchanan.

Due to financial difficulties, CTVglobemedia canceled A Morning, and the public affairs programs A News This Week (a pre-recorded wrap of the week's top stories, which debuted in the 1990s) and Ontario News This Week (a review of the week's top stories across the province, which also debuted in 2008) on March 4, 2009, laying off 24 employees at the station as part of a larger series of cutbacks and massive layoffs which resulted in the losses of 118 jobs at A's stations across Canada. The morning programme was replaced by rebroadcasts of CKVR's 11:00 p.m. newscast.<ref>CTV press release, March 3, 2009</ref><ref>Barrie A-Channel station in survival mode, Orillia Packet and Times, March 4, 2009</ref>

Evening co-anchor Lance Chilton resigned from the station on June 14, 2010, to work in the real estate industry.<ref>/A\ News Anchor Lance Chilton Steps out of the Spotlight After 12 Years, CTVglobemedia press release, June 14, 2010</ref> In August 2010, Tony Grace, who had served as anchor and national reporter for Ottawa sister station CHRO, was named the new Senior News Anchor for CKVR effective September 20, 2010.<ref>Tony Grace Named Senior Anchor of /A\ News Barrie CTVglobemedia press release August 23, 2010</ref>

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