Don Martin Fills 'Power Play' Anchor Chair at CTV
The wait is over: CTV has chosen veteran newspaper scribe Don Martin to fill the vacant anchor chair at Power Play, its daily political talk show on its CTV News Channel.
Martin, a columnist on Parliament Hill in Ottawa for the National Post and Calgary Herald newspapers, replaces Tom Clark, a veteran CTV journo who abruptly left the cable channel this summer after he was passed over to replace Lloyd Robertson as top network news anchor at CTV.
"There was only one way to get me to give up a dream job as a newspaper columnist. That was to offer me a dream job as a CTV host," Martin said Tuesday.
Martin beat out a stable of CTV journalists for the Power Play gig, including CTV's Question Period co-host Jane Taber, a recent stand-in for the political talker while Clark's replacement was secured.
Filling the Power Play anchor chair also comes as Canadian cable news continues to undergo an industry-wide sea-change.
Evan Solomon replaced a retiring Don Newman as host of the CBC's daily politico show, Power and Politics, on its cable news channel CBC NewsNetwork.
And Quebecor Media is shortly to launch Sun TV News, a first-ever conservative news channel for Canadians, to compete with incumbent all-news channels at CTV and CBC.