CBC using 'Ghost Whisperer' to boost newscast

CBS series currently airs on CTV

TORONTO -- The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. is to strip a U.S. network series beginning August 31 to bolster a new and extended 90-minute local supper-hour newscast.

The public broadcaster said it will strip the CBS Jennifer Love Hewitt-starring drama "Ghost Whisperer" at 4 p.m., to be followed by the local "CBC News" show in an earlier timeslot from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The newscast, which goes from 60 to 90 minutes, will be followed by ITV's "Coronation Street" at 6:30 p.m. weeknights, "Wheel of Fortune" at at 7 p.m. and "Jeopardy" at 7:30 p.m.

The CBS "Ghost Whisperer" series, now in its fifth season, currently airs on rival CTV on Friday nights.