Produced at CKCO beginning in 1985 and still in production
Hosted by Daiene Vernile
Press Release – September 15, 2010
PROVINCEWIDE and Daiene Vernile Celebrate 25 Years Today on CTV Southwestern Ontario
Toronto, Ontario (September 15, 2010) – Today, CTV Southwestern Ontario’s award-winning PROVINCEWIDE (Sundays 6:30 p.m. ET) celebrates 25 years on the air, making it the longest, continuous-running, locally produced news and current affairs program in Canadian television history.
From humble beginnings in 1985, CTV’s Daiene Vernile has produced and anchored PROVINCEWIDE, interviewing every sitting Canadian prime minister, Ontario premier, and many, many other news makers. Each week, PROVINCEWIDE tackles vital issues affecting the people of Ontario.
“Our ongoing success and endurance has been driven by the loyalty of our viewers who tune in every week and CTV’s abiding commitment to local television,” said Vernile. “And we will continue to serve those viewers with a special anniversary in November as well as of surprises throughout the 25th season.”
PROVINCEWIDE’s outstanding achievement in television journalism was recognized this year with the International Edward R. Murrow Award for News Documentary. In 2008 and 2009, PROVINCEWIDE was distinguished as Canada’s Best News Information Program by the RTNDA (the Association of Electronic Journalists).