Canada’s Most-Watched Newscast CTV NATIONAL NEWS Unveils Top 10 News Stories of 2014, December 23

— December 18, 2014

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TORONTO (December 18, 2014) – It was a shocking and tragic day for Canada as an armed attacker shot and fatally wounded a Canadian soldier before being shot dead inside the main Parliament building in Ottawa. Beginning Tuesday, Dec. 23 at 11 p.m. ET, CTV NATIONAL NEWS looks back at this day of infamy, continuing each night through Thursday, Jan. 1 with a countdown of the Top 10 news stories of 2014, as selected by a panel of journalists led by Lisa LaFlamme, CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor. The Ottawa shooting – a day of chaos that left hundreds of people in the area of Parliament Hill under lockdown and a nation in mourning – is the top news story of 2014; the fight against ISIS sits at #2; while the Ebola outbreak in West Africa fills the #3 spot.


"In the remarkably storied year that was 2014, the tragic shooting at Canada’s national war memorial struck a nerve in Canadians across the country, and our newsroom was unanimous in citing this as our top story of the year," said LaFlamme. "On this day as on all days, it is our privilege to keep Canadians informed, to follow the intricacies of the story as it unfolds, and to be held to account as the journal of record for viewers across the country."


CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ 10-day countdown features in-depth reports on each of 2014’s top news stories as determined by Canada’s leading news organization, CTV News, with the latest story updates, along with comprehensive analysis of the impact each will have on Canadians heading into the New Year.


The Top 10 news stories and events that have significantly shaped the world in 2014 countdown as follows:


10. Ferguson (Dec. 23)

9. Malaysia (Dec. 24)

8. The Fords (Dec. 25)

7. Jian Ghomeshi (Dec. 26)

6. Ukraine (Dec. 27)

5. Missing/Murdered (Dec. 28)

4. Moncton Shootings (Dec. 29)

3. Ebola (Dec. 30)
2. ISIS (Dec. 31)

1. Ottawa Shooting (Jan. 1)


CTV News’ Top 10 news stories can also be viewed at, where visitors will be treated to an in-depth, interactive presentation of each of this year’s top news stories as the coverage rolls out through Jan. 1.


Asserting its place as Canada’s #1 national newscast, CTV NATIONAL NEWS has an average minute audience of more than 1.1 million viewers a night, outperforming both GLOBAL NATIONAL and CBC’s THE NATIONAL with the most total viewers, and winning the key A25-54, A18-49, and A18-34 advertising demographics.

About CTV News

CTV News is Canada’s most-watched news organization both locally and nationally, and has a network of national, international, and local news operations. CTV News operations include CTV NEWS CHANNEL, BNN – Business News Network, CP24, and information programming, including CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH LISA LAFLAMME, CTV NATIONAL NEWS WITH SANDIE RINALDO, CANADA AM, W5, POWER PLAY, and QUESTION PERIOD. Flagship news sites include, as well as and, and are complemented by the all-new CTV News GO and CP24 GO apps, which provide a direct connection to Canada’s most trusted news anytime and anywhere.?With a perspective that is distinctly Canadian, CTV News brings Canadians the international and domestic news stories of the day and is the #1 news organization in Canada.




Source: Numeris (BBM Canada)


For more information, contact:

Patricia Garcia, Bell Media, 416.384.2645 or

Elysia Circelli, Bell Media, 416.384.5166 or