Keeping You on the Tube: The Mission of Broadcast News

 

Wendy Freeman, president, CTV News
Troy Reeb, senior vice-president of news and station operations for Global News
Jonathan Whitten, executive director of news content at CBC
Steve Paikin, anchor and senior editor of The Agenda with Steve Paikin

Thursday, November 22
TMX Broadcast Centre - Gallery, 130 King St. W., The Exchange Tower, Toronto

 

When audiences choose Bieber over Syria and Twitter over television, what's a news network to do? Are cutbacks in investigative and foreign reporting the price networks naturally have to pay? What is the role of the conventional news broadcast when the networks all have 24/7 news cable channels? Join Wendy Freeman, president of CTV News; Troy Reeb, senior vice-president of news and station operations at Global News; Jonathan Whitten, executive director of CBC News Content; and moderator Steve Paikin, anchor and senior editor of the TVO's The Agenda with Steve Paikin, as they discuss how best to deliver quality journalism while keeping ever-fragmenting audiences.

 

ABOUT OUR PANELLISTS

WENDY FREEMAN was appointed president, CTV News in December 2010 and is responsible for news, information and current events programming, including CTV National News, CTV News Channel, BNN, and CP24.  Freeman presides over all Bell Media news editorial content, newsgathering efforts, and oversees the newsrooms’ day-to-day operations. Previously, Freeman held a variety of senior management positions with CTV News, where her leadership in the competitive marketplace strengthened CTV’s position as Canada’s most-watched news organization and made CTV National News the top-rated newscast in the country. Freeman has led CTV News’ award-winning coverage of the world’s biggest news stories, including 9/11, the death of Pope John Paul II, recovery of the Chilean miners, the Vancouver 2010 and London 2012 Olympic Games, the biggest economic recession since the 1930s, four federal elections, and Canada’s mission in Afghanistan. Prior to joining the company, Freeman worked at WPIX-TV in New York and WXYZ-TV in Detroit, as well as Citytv in Toronto, where she began her television career. Freeman, a Montreal native, graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

TROY REEB is senior vice-president of news and station operations for Global News. He is responsible for all news and related programming on Global and its associated websites and new media platforms. This includes the network’s flagship newscast Global National, as well local news operations from all 12 Global stations across Canada. Serving in Global News’ top position since 2008, Reeb has managed the addition of new newscasts in every market, and the move to providing over 80 hours a week of local news programming across the network. He has also overseen the establishment of new foreign news bureaus in London, Beijing and New Delhi, and helped launch Global News’ first investigative newsmagazine 16x9, as well as Canada’s most-watched political affairs program The West Block with Tom Clark. Recently, Reeb spearheaded Global News’ commitment to covering breaking news through online and social media channels through its Digital First campaign. Reeb joined Global News in 1999, serving as a political correspondent in Toronto and Ottawa before being named Washington Bureau Chief in 2004. Reeb also served as a backup anchor for Global National, and as a host of the current affairs programs Global Sunday, Focus Ontario and Ottawa Inside-Out. Prior to Global, Reeb spent five years with The Canadian Press, and previously held management positions with Standard Broadcast News and Alberta News Network. He also spent two years running a five-person radio newsroom in the Northwest Territories. Troy helps fund a journalism scholarship in his name at Alberta’s Lethbridge College. In 2006, he led a volunteer project to train journalists in Bangladesh.

JONATHAN WHITTEN is the executive director of news content at CBC, where he manages the fully integrated assignment and delivery of news content across platforms.  Prior to this, he was executive producer of CBC News: The National, as well as a reporter and producer in bureaus across Canada. He holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University.

ABOUT OUR MODERATOR

STEVE PAIKIN is anchor and senior editor of The Agenda with Steve Paikin, TVO’s flagship current affairs program, which airs weeknights at 8 p.m. The program debuted on September 25, 2006. Its mission is to cover the provincial, national, and international issues viewers must know, to be well-informed citizens of Ontario at the dawn of the 21st century. Previously, Paikin was co-host of Studio 2, which lasted 12 seasons, and Diplomatic Immunity, which lasted eight seasons, both on TVO. In October 2001, he wrote his first book, The Life: The Seductive Call of Politics. In October 2003, Penguin published his second book The Dark Side: The Personal Price of a Political Life, about some of the horror stories of politics. In March 2005, his third book appeared: Public Triumph, Private Tragedy: The Double Life of John P. Robarts -- a biography of Ontario’s 17th premier.  And in October, 2007, his fourth book: The New Game: How Hockey Saved Itself, about the major changes to our national sport since the end of the lockout. Paikin has also produced several feature-length documentaries and moderated five political Leaders’ Debates.