Global Montreal’s Morning News will finally debut on Monday, January 28, airing from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Richard Dagenais returns to his old stomping grounds, leaving his late news anchor spot to head the morning show team. He will be joined by anchor/host Camille Ross, most recently of CTV Montreal and weather specialist Jessica Laventure. This will be Montreal's only locally-produced English-language morning show until next summer when City (the new name for City TV) introduces its own weekday wakeup program. Will CTV Montreal bring back its show as well?
|Camille Ross, Richard Dagenais and Jessica Laventure.|
According to a press release from Shaw Media, the owners of Global, the Morning News will move away from the larger, more ambiguous headlines and instead turn the spotlight on the stories and issues of most importance to the city’s anglophone community.
Highlighting this mandate will be the Morning News’ regular use of a central breakfast location in Montreal’s multilingual and culturally-diverse West Island. This will serve as the hub from which Laventure conducts her weather hits every morning. With what essentially amounts to a dynamic on-location set, the Morning News will establish itself in the heart of the community, while giving viewers a chance to regularly interact with members of the show.
Dagenais, an accomplished broadcast veteran, brings over 30 years of professional media experience. Beginning his journalism career in print and radio, he made the jump to television in 1990, working as reporter for CFCF Television’s weekly advocacy journalism program Fighting Back. First joining Global Montreal in 2002, Dagenais worked as a fill-in sports anchor and line-up editor before becoming a regular anchor for This Morning Live. Dagenais returned to Global in 2010 as temporary anchor of the Evening News and host of Focus Montreal, later becoming anchor for Global Montreal’s News Final in 2011.
Ross began her career with CTV’s NewsNet and Canada AM in Toronto before moving to to Yorkton, Saskatchewan, to anchor and report for CTV. Making the leap to join Global Regina in 2010, Ross reported on everything from breaking local news to weekly crop reports. She was also at the anchor desk for Global Regina’s Evening News, Prime News, and News Final programs before moving to CTV Montreal in 2011. An avid traveler, Ross has visited parts of the United States, Europe and South America and in her spare time, hosts community and charity events
Prior to joining Global, Laventure was co-host of the MétéoMedia Morning Show as well as a special features host for MétéoMedia and The Weather Network, covering several high profile weather-related stories, including the spring, 2011 floods in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Laventure’s television career began in 2006 as a production assistant and reporter for Global Quebec (now Global Montreal), where she later became Host of QC Magazine, a half-hour program dedicated to reporting Quebec’s top news stories. A graduate of Concordia University, Laventure is trilingual and can speak English, French, and conversational Italian.
Shaw Media spokesperson Nick Poirier says no decision has been made as to who will replace Dagenais as the late night anchor. Peter Anthony Holder, who fulfills that role on weekends, is currently in place and would be a popular choice.