Wendy Freeman, BA'86, a 17-year veteran with CTV and the former executive producer of CTV News, has been appointed to the position vacated by the network’s outgoing news chief, Robert Hurst, BA’72, Dip’73 (Journalism).
Freeman’s appointment as president of CTV News becomes effective on Jan. 3.
Hurst announced his retirement two weeks ago, after 38 years with CTV and nine as head of the news division.
“Wendy has been understudying this role for years,” CTVglobemedia’s president Ivan Fecan said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “She will lead us into the next generation of news.” Fecan is also retiring early in 2011.
Freeman said the appointment is “a dream come true. I live and breathe news. I look forward to working with Canada’s best news team to explore new opportunities that will bring us even further into the digital age.”
Freeman is “clearly the right choice to lead the CTV News team and our new anchor Lisa LaFlamme into a vibrant future,” said Lloyd Robertson, the network’s chief news anchor and senior news editor.
Freeman has led the division’s editorial newsgathering efforts as vice-president and executive producer of CTV National News since 2001. She currently oversees seven domestic and six international news bureaus.
Freeman previously held a variety of senior management positions in CTV News, and also worked at Toronto’s Citytv and the New York-based CW affiliate WPIX.
Originally from Montreal, Freeman is a graduate of Western University.
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