CTV Montreal News and Public Affairs Director Jed Kahane has confirmed that Paul Karwatsky will be the interim co-anchor at noon and 6 pm weekdays with Mutsumi Takahashi, as the search for a permanent replacement for the departing Todd van der Heyden proceeds.
Karwatsky has been with the station for eight years. He is handsome, personable and well liked - a homegrown journalist who attended Nesbitt Elementary School and Vincent Massey Collegiate in Rosemount. I first met him through his mom Mary Ann, at the time a guidance counsellor at the English Montreal School Board. "My son just graduated from university with a double major in journalism and political science and he would like to get a job in the media," she said. "Can you get him something at The Suburban?"
Soon after Paul did call me and sent along his CV, which I shared with The Suburban. He quickly scored some freelance work with CTV Montreal, despite the fact he had no prior TV experience. Paul caught on quickly and made his way to the anchor desk in a pretty short period of time as a fill-in and more recently on weekends with Tarah Schwartz.
Kahane has made the appropriate move, not doing anything permanent at the moment. Karwatsky was and probably remains the number one candidate for the job. If they open it up to applications, one never knows who might apply from the outside.
Here is one of Paul's reports from a few years ago on a Sci Fi convention: