Thursday 16 June 2011

Catherine Sherriffs is the new CTV Montreal late night anchor

CTV Montreal Director of News and Public Affairs Jed Kahane sure was thinking outside of the box when selecting the successor to Debra Arbec as late night anchor. Catherine Sherriffs(pictured) got the nod and she will debut on July 4. Arbec, of course, left to become suppertime co-anchor on CBC TV. Most people thought that one of the two weekend anchors, Tarah Schwartz or Paul Karwatsky would be chosen. If not them, perhaps one of the veteran reporters.

A reporter for CTV Montreal’s top-rated newscasts for the past two years, Sherriffs is a familiar face and voice to Montrealers. Additionally, she has spent the past four years as a newscaster on Virgin Radio and CHOM FM. I am sure she will not miss those 4 a.m. wakeups,

“Catherine is a dynamic and skilled journalist who can tackle any story”, said Kahane. “Whether she’s covering hard news or topics that are a little lighter, Catherine has a way of connecting with the audience, and we know she’ll continue to build that connection in this new job.”

Sherriffs grew up in Morin Heights and studied journalism at Concordia University. She is the niece of Murray Sherriffs from The Q 92.5 FM. As part of her new assignment, she will continue reporting for CTV’s flagship supper-hour newscast.

Why did Kahane choose someone who has never anchored on TV before? I asked him this question. "Because we have every reason to expect she’ll be great at it," he told me. " True, she hasn’t anchored a television newscast before, but she’s been a live newscaster on radio for years, and I’d venture that viewers who’ve seen her live reporting on CTV for the past couple of years will agree she has a great on-air presence. We’re confident that she will shine through on the anchor desk. Besides, just about every TV anchor in this country started out as a reporter, and one day, simply made the leap to the anchor chair. So we’re not exactly reinventing the wheel here."


  1. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    Tarah Schwartz is the best anchor they have on CTV Montreal. Better than Mutsumi and Todd put together.

  2. AnonymousJune 16, 2011

    Was Ms. Sherriffs selected as the new anchor because she can actually do a nightly newscast, or was she selected because she's a major babe?

  3. AnonymousJuly 27, 2011

    She is a great anchor. She definitely shines through and is a fluid speaker. Catherine is a classy lady and very pleasant to the eyes. What more can you ask for? Keep up the great work!

  4. Lorraine and familyAugust 12, 2011

    We really enjoy her newscasting skills. CTV has been part of my family since I was born, 1961 was a great year! All your news people are topnotch and for my family nothing bur the best. Thanks CTV Montreal!