Bill Good And Pamela Martin To Leave CTV Vancouver By End Of Year
CTV Vancouver News Hosts Bill Good And Pamela Martin To Leave As Hosts Of CTV News At Six
Both say they have been thinking about the decision since hosting top-rated CTV News broadcasts during the Olympics in February, and they cite that experience as a key highlight of their storied careers.
Good says he wants to lighten his workload and focus exclusively on hosting his radio show, while Martin says now is the right time for a change. She insists she has no intention of slowing down and will continue her community and charity fundraising work.
They leave the anchor desk after delivering ratings, credibility and awards to a fledgling station that wooed them almost a decade ago.
"Bill and Pamela established CTV as a news leader, and we are deeply grateful," said Tom Haberstroh, vice-president and general manager for CTV British Columbia. "They made us players in this market overnight, quadrupling our ratings in the process."
Bill Good and Pamela Martin are both veteran figures on the Vancouver media scene. Bill Good hosts a popular Vancouver radio program, The Bill Good Show, on CKNW and was once the supper hour news anchor at CBC in Vancouver.
Pamela Martin was a long time co-anchor at BCTV now Global BC with Tony Parsons.
Bill Good and Pamela Martin leaving CTV British Columbia comes at an interesting time in the shifting media landscape in Vancouver.
Earlier in 2010 CBC hired the incredibly popular Tony Parsons who was the face of Global BC.
Chris Gailus replaced Tony Parsons as the main anchor for Global BC and his show, The Newshour continues to dominate the local TV news scene.
Audiences for local TV News have been declining steadily over the years, regardless of the station.
So, now existing supper hour audiences are fighting for a finite total audience (say 500,000 people in British Columbia).
The news executives at CTV now have to decide who will replace Bill Good and Tony Parsons.
One suspects they will look to someone who has the potential to bring in large audiences but those viewers will likely not be new viewers but viewers from the CBC or Global BC.
CTV sits at number two in the market behind Global BC, with the CBC nipping at CTV's heels, and occasionaly beating CTV in the ratings.
CTV now has an opportunity to gain some audience share finding new anchors or is it anchor?