This week mayoral candidates Melanie Joly, Marcel Côte, Denis Coderre and Richard Bergeron are joining the team to do guest weather, spiced with some politics between 7 a.m. and 7:30, joining co-hosts Camille Ross and Richard Dagenais and charismatic weather specialist Jessica Laventure. It all started off here with Joly on Monday and her interview. I caught Côte on Tuesday morning and I must say he did quite a good job, doing some clever ad libbing when it came to describing poor weather conditions heading our way next weekend. Check it out here. Laventure tutored him on where to stand near the large blue weather screen. After the forecast, he sat down to talk politics with Ross. Here it is.
Bergeron seemed like quite a natural during his forecasts.
Hats off to station/news director Karen MacDonald for thinking outside the box. The Morning News made its debut last January. Dagenais, who was part of the original Global wakeup show, was happy to return to the posting. Ross was previously a reporter at CTV Montreal while Laventure came over from MétéoMedia, having started her broadcast career at Global after graduating from the Journalism Program at Concordia.
Breakfast Television began its run a few weeks ago, with double the on air staff. This is all good news for Montrealers, who a year ago at this time did not have any local English TV programming. Personally I go back and forth between the two shows and catch highlights on the web.
The Montreal mayoral race is about to truly hit the local media radar screen, with the official election period beginning on Friday. It will be interesting to see how the politicians on air, live and unscripted. I would suggest that Global expand this feature to include colourful city and borough council candidates and those running in municipalities.