CICT-TV now branded Global TV Calgary first signed on the air on October 8, 1954 as CHCT, and was the first television station in the province of Alberta. On September 4, 2000, CICT joined the Global Television Network full-time as an owned-and-operated station, along with fellow Alberta stations CITV-TV in Edmonton and CISA in Lethbridge. On September 11, 2011, CICT debuted a two-hour Sunday magazine-styled morning newscast, running from 8-10 a.m.
On August 27, 2012, the station expanded its weekday morning newscast to four hours, with the addition of a half-hour at 5 a.m., the 5-6 a.m. hour of the newscast being titled the Early Morning News. On September 2, 2012, the station expanded its Sunday morning newscast to three hours with an additional hour at 7 a.m. The expansions of the morning newscasts were part of a benefits package that was included as a condition of the sale of the Global network to Shaw Communications.
Global Calgary presently broadcasts 46½ hours of locally produced newscasts each week (with 7½ hours on weekdays, and 4½ hours each on Saturdays and Sundays). The station produces the largest amount of local news out of any English-language television station in the Calgary market.
Co-Anchor – News Hour Calgary
Gord Gillies has been working in his hometown of Calgary for 25 years as an anchor for Global News Calgary’s News Hour alongside co-anchor, Linda Olsen. Gillies began his career in journalism at the Toronto Star in 1981 after graduating from the Radio and Broadcasting Arts program at Humber College in Toronto. A supporter of many charitable initiatives, Gillies volunteers with The Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation and others.
Co-Anchor – News Hour Calgary
Born and raised in Calgary, award winning journalist, Linda Olsen graduated from SAIT Polytechnic in 1988 with Honours in Broadcast Journalism and started her career that same year at Global Saskatoon. An advocate for the community, Olsen is a honourary board member of Believe in the Gold, a local charity aimed at raising awareness and supporting research for children with cancer in Calgary. She’s also on the St. Mary’s University communication committee.
Anchor – News Hour Final
Paul comes to Calgary from B.C. where he was an award-winning anchor and reporter for CHEK-TV on Vancouver Island, before moving to Global BC where he was a producer and anchor. He is a graduate of the Applied Communication program at Camosun College in Victoria. Paul joined the Global newsroom in May 2014.
Anchor – Morning News Calgary, Noon News Hour Calgary
Scott Fee brings humour, enthusiasm and more than 20 years of experience in television to his role as anchor on Global News Calgary’s Morning News. After graduating from the journalism program at BCIT, he started reporting for CFJC in Kamloops in 2004. Later anchoring at CKWX in Vancouver and in 2005 he made the move to Edmonton as videographer for A-Channel/City TV. Then he returned to the west coast to anchor for CHEK in Victoria.
Anchor – Morning News
Amber Schinkel joined the Global Calgary team in December 2008 after two years at Global News Lethbridge working as a reporter, producer, and even weather anchor on occasion. She was born in Calgary and raised on a farm north of Cochrane. After graduating from Mount Royal University’s broadcasting program, she started her career in radio at 660News in Calgary, before heading to Swift Current, Saskatchewan for a short stint as a videographer.
Anchor – Weekend News Final Calgary, Weekend News Hour Calgary
Jayme Doll grew up in Peace River where she hosted a teen radio program on the local AM station. She studied communications at the University of Calgary and broadcast journalism at SAIT. Her journalism career began at News Talk radio in Regina where she covered the crime beat. She then went to CTV to anchor the 11 p.m. news, then to Halifax to work for CBC television, She began her Global News career in Winnipeg in 2004.
Co-Anchor – Weekend News
After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alberta, she traded her lab coat for a microphone. After graduating from the Broadcast News program at SAIT, Bindu headed to Brandon to begin her career as a Reporter/Anchor. She moved back to Alberta as Medicine Hat’s television health Reporter. Soon after, she joined the CHCA news team, as a reporter and weekend anchor. In 2008, she joined the news team at Global Calgary.
Weekdays, Tomasia DaSilva produces and anchors “Minding Your Business” on the News Hour. She was born in Portugal, and was raised in Calgary. Since graduating from SAIT in 1993, she has worked as a reporter, anchor and producer in Alberta, BC and Saskatchewan. She has been a member of Global Calgary’s news team since 2007. Some of the highlights of her career include a National RTNDA Award for “A Life Worth Living” – the story of a family letting their terminally ill daughter die on her own terms.
Tony Tighe is Calgary’s most experienced consumer reporter, covering and investigating consumer issues in the city for over 20 years. He has been in broadcasting for almost 40 years, working in radio and television, in Ontario, British Columbia and Calgary. He joined Global TV in 1999. Tighe is a volunteer reading tutor with the Calgary Public Library and sits on the board of the Between Friends Club which offers recreation for people with disabilities.
Heather has been Global Calgary’s Health Reporter since 2009. Weeknights at 5pm and 6pm, she anchors Health FYI – a segment dedicated to the health news that matters most to Calgarians and their families. She received her broadcasting education at the University of Calgary and SAIT. Heather joined Global Lethbridge in 2003, where she spent two years as a reporter, producer and anchor before joining the Global Calgary news team.
Nancy has been reporting for nearly 20 years, covering crime since 1997, starting at the former RDTV in Red Deer before moving to Global Calgary. Nancy has covered some of the most high-profile crime cases in Alberta’s history, including the mass murder of five young students in Brentwood. Nancy was the first reporter on the scene of the Garland acreage, after the disappearance of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathy Liknes.
Reporter and Anchor
Jenna Freeman started working at Global in May 2012 as the weekend news reporter in Edmonton before returning to Calgary where she splits her time between the weekend and weekday news. She graduated from Mount Royal University with her broadcasting diploma before taking off to the Peace Country, where she began her news career as a radio reporter. reporting for radio. She returned to Alberta in 2011 first working in Edmonton and now in Calgary.
Dallas joined Global news team in 2005, first at Global Lethbridge before moving back to her home town to join the Global Calgary team in 2007. A native Calgarian, Dallas studied Communication Studies at the University of Calgary and Broadcast News at SAIT. She started her career in Dawson Creek BC, as an anchor, reporter, shooter, editor, and everything in between. She has anchored News Hour Final since 2010.
Carolyn Kury de Castillo
Carolyn has been a reporter with Global television since 1997. She was born in Calgary and attended University of Calgary and then SAIT. She is an active volunteer at her daughter’s school.
Mia has over decade of experience covering stories across the Prairies. She graduated from Ryerson University, and reported in Winnipeg and Lethbridge before joining Global Calgary in 2003.
Doug has been a new and sports reporter, anchor and producer in a career that began in Medicine Hat before taking him to Halifax and now to Calgary.
David studied broadcast journalism at Mount Royal College. After his first job in Brandon, he came home to work at Global Calgary, then CBC Calgary, then back to Global Calgary.
Jill’s career as an investigative journalist started in Dawson Creek, B.C. She has also worked in newsrooms in Victoria and Kelowna B. C., before settling in Alberta where she was born and raised.
Sarah’s career began at local newspaper and radio station in her hometown of Mackenzie, B.C. A grduate of SAIT Polytechnic, she has worked in Lloydminster, Red Deer and Edmonton before joining Global Calgary in 2011.
Tracy’s career as a television producer and reporter first began seven years ago in Calgary, after graduating in 2005 from the broadcast program at Mount Royal College.
Stefan’s career began in 2008 at CTV Ottawa while finishing his journalism degree at Carleton University. He worked behind the camera before the transition to on-air reporting in 2009.
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Global News on the Road Show
Global Calgary is now taking the News Hour on the road, and invites suggestions on which neighbourhoods they should visit in the coming weeks. Global anchors Gord Gillies and Linda Olsen along with meteorologist Paul Dunphy will broadcast live from the “best” communities in Calgary. Does your community have the best people? The best local businesses? What about the best park or school? What do you like best about your community?
If you would like Global Calgary to consider taking the News Hour on the Road to your community, complete the contact form on their website.