Alberta-PrimetimeHeadquartered in Edmonton and owned by Bell Media, the CTV Two system consists of four over-the-air owned-and-operated television stations in Ontario, British Columbia, and two regional cable-only channels, one in Atlantic Canada and the other being CTV Two Alberta, the provincial cable-only educational channel in Alberta. Reaching over 1 million viewers across the province every week, CTV Two Alberta devotes over sixty hours a week to non-commercial educational programming.

As the designated educational broadcaster in Alberta, CTV Two Alberta has a long history of public service. Officially launched as part of the Alberta Educational Communications Authority in 1973, and granted a broadcast license for Edmonton and Calgary in 1984, the station and license were privatized in 1995. It was known for many years as ACCESS Network, ACCESS The Education Station or ACCESS Television.

Acquired in 2007 by CTV/Bell Media, the station was rebranded as CTV Two Alberta in 2011, but continues to contribute to the educational fabric of the province.

Throughout the schedule all week long CTV Two Alberta broadcasts short informational videos about such things as the Alberta Order of Excellence, the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Recipients, profiles of careers and Alberta companies, rural sustainability initiatives and learning opportunities.

CTV Two Alberta also produces and broadcasts Alberta Primetime, the award-winning current affairs program dedicated every day to an in-depth look at Alberta’s people, places, issues and events. The show broadcasts weekdays at 6 and repeats at 11pm.

Michael Higgins

Michael-HigginsMichael Higgins is co-host of Alberta Primetime and initially joined the AMPIA-winning news magazine program in early 2009 as a senior producer.

Michael grew up in the northeastern Alberta town of Elk Point where, at an early age, he developed a sense of community as well a great deal of pride and appreciation for what it means to be a rural Albertan. Delivering newspapers and overcoming a fear of school speeches helped pave the way to a career in journalism.

Long before latching on to the team at Alberta Primetime, Michael studied radio broadcasting in Toronto in the late 80’s where he also landed his first jobs at CJEZ-FM and CKO Newsradio.

A quick trip home to Alberta in 1990 opened the door to a lengthy stay at CKSA Radio and Television in Lloydminster where Michael’s responsibilities ran the gamut of reporter and anchor to 15 years as news director. He also spent a year and a half at Global Edmonton.

Outside of life at Alberta Primetime, Michael treasures time with family and the occasional blast on his motorcycle. He also has a passion for politics and a desire to learn everything possible about our incredible province. Michael is a proud Albertan and tells anyone who will listen!

Shawna Randolph

Shawna-RandolphShawna Randolph joined Alberta Primetime as co-host in November of 2013, because the AMPIA-winning news magazine program is dedicated to the Alberta perspective – something true to her heart.

Shawna grew up in Alberta, born in Edmonton and also spent part of her childhood in Devon. As a child, she had a passion for story-telling and finding out all she could about every person she crossed paths with from childhood.

That passion led her to study TV journalism at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 1989-91, and her extensive career launched from there.

Shawna has a combined 24 years of experience in TV journalism and media relations (including a decade with CTV Edmonton from 1991-2001 which was CFRN at the time), and now as co-host of Alberta Primetime.

Her media relations experience includes roles with the Provincial Government and City of Edmonton and, most notably, as the spokesperson for the Edmonton Humane Society (2008-2013).

Her talent for sincere, warm, and compelling storytelling has been vital in her success. Shawna was a recent recipient of the Woman of the Year, Consumer’s Choice Award for Business Excellence in Alberta. Shawna enjoys spending quality time with her husband, two children and three cats. She also loves to golf and run.

Danny Baldassarre
Senior Video Journalist/Producer

Danny-BaldassarreDanny has been with Alberta Primetime as a Producer and Video Journalist since the launch of the show in 2009.

Born and Raised in Edmonton, Danny graduated from the Broadcast Journalism program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He got his start in community radio at the ripe old age of 12. He worked in several newsrooms before finding his true passion producing long form television features.

Prior to working on Alberta Primetime, Danny produced an award winning magazine show for CHUM Television and worked on countless features and documentaries from all over the world. His work has taken him across North America, South/Central America, Mexico, The U.K., France, The Caribbean, Japan, Sri Lanka, and Africa.

While Danny has received numerous awards over the course of his career, the most rewarding aspect for him is sharing human interest stories with viewers.

Some of his most recent career highlights include traveling to the developing world to produce stories for World Vision’s “Alberta Campaign for Children,” and covering the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Amy Crofts

Amy-CroftsAmy joined Alberta Primetime in February 2015.

After studying biological sciences at the University of Calgary, her interest in bridging the gap between science and journalism took her east to the University of King’s College in Halifax.

Upon graduation in 2012, Amy worked as a multi-media journalist at several community newspapers in northern Alberta. She has covered the beats of health, education and crime, including the RCMP shooting in St. Albert.

It was in these newsrooms where Amy met and told the stories of Albertans from all walks of life, learning the important role community journalism plays in the news landscape. She is excited to continue that work with the Alberta Primetime team, but now on a provincial level.

A born and raised Calgarian, Amy frequently returns to her home city to spend time with friends, family and the Rocky Mountains.

Outside of work, Amy can be found in her kitchen testing a new recipe, running in Edmonton’s river valley or researching her next adventure—near or far.

Stephanie Raddatz

Stephanie-RaddatzStephanie joined Alberta Primetime in 2010 as a reporter and producer.

In addition to producing the weekly politics panel Stephanie enjoys working with studio guests in the Calgary bureau and producing a wide variety of video features highlighting the wonderful people and places in southern Alberta.

A graduate of the University of Calgary and SAIT Stephanie has spent more than a decade working as a reporter in Red Deer, Edmonton and Calgary travelling much of the province telling the stories of the people and places which make our province great.

A born and raised Calgarian Stephanie is pleased to represent Alberta Primetime in her hometown and to be able to highlight the passions and achievements of her fellow Albertans.

In her spare time Stephanie enjoys spending time in the mountains hiking and skiing, playing ringette, gardening, and reading. She also dedicates as many hours as possible to her “pet” charities spay/neuter assistance programs, and animal adoption organization the MEOW Foundation.

Sarah Richter

Sarah-RichterSarah Richter is the newest addition to the Alberta Primetime team, having joined in September 2014.

Born in Ottawa, Sarah spent her early years in Montreal before moving to Regina. That’s where her family set down roots (and began Sarah’s love of the Saskatchewan Roughriders!) She graduated from the University of Regina’s Journalism School in 2009.

Sarah starting working in her hometown at Global Regina, where she reported, and filled in everywhere from anchoring sports, producing the website and working the technical side.

After four years working in Regina, Sarah and her husband headed eight hours west, where she worked as a news reporter for CTV Edmonton.

For a year she reported on some of northern Alberta’s big stories, including the 2013 Gainford train derailment. Then Sarah decided to give in to her love of current affairs and feature story telling and made the move upstairs at the CTV building to Alberta Primetime.

Sarah is thrilled to call Edmonton her new home and likes to visit all the sights and sounds of the city.

Some of her favourite things include going to concerts, traveling, chocolate and puppies.

Chelan Skulski

Chelan-SkulskiChelan Skulski joined the Alberta Primetime team as a Reporter/Producer in May 2014. She landed her first gig with Alberta Primetime working as a student intern in 2013.

Chelan was born and raised in a quiet neighbourhood on the outskirts of Regina, Saskatchewan. Growing up in a busy household among her six siblings was where Chelan first realized her passion for telling stories.

It was with that passion that Chelan enrolled at the University of Regina, where she earned degrees in Political Science and Journalism. While completing her degrees Chelan waited tables, freelanced for the Leader-Post and interned at Alberta Primetime and the Edmonton Journal.

Chelan was driven towards a career in journalism because of her innate curiosity. She continues to remain curious about the world we live in and the stories of the people that make up our communities.

Chelan enjoys keeping active, spending time outdoors exploring Alberta’s lakes and trails, cooking, and people-watching. Her five-year bucket list includes travelling outside of North America, learning another language, and becoming a dog owner.

CTV Two Alberta is  designated as a “satellite-to-cable undertaking” and therefore carried throughout the province on cable on each service’s basic tier. It is also available on both national satellite services, Bell TV and Shaw Direct.