This Saturday on CTV, W5 Examines Killing That Changed the World and Asks, What if JFK had Lived?

— November 14, 2013


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TORONTO(November 14, 2013)– This week, W5 explores the mostinvestigated murder in history and the profound fascination – and in somecases, obsession – with President John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s death. It’s afascination that continues to rage even on the eve of the 50thanniversary of his assassination. Premiering this Saturday, Nov. 16 at7 p.m. ET on CTV, W5’sTom Kennedy looks at “THE KENNEDY LEGACY” and wonders what might have been ifKennedy had lived. Also in this episode, W5Senior Reporter Victor Malarek delivers a report on Canadian charity lotteries,with an examination of how the big ticket draws work and how much the charitiesgain.


Johnand Jackie Kennedy were often referred to as “American royalty,” embodying aheady mix of presidential power and youthful glamour. Their November 1963 visitto Texas was intended to drum up support for Kennedy’s run at a second term inoffice. Shortly after arriving in Dallas, John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Theimmediate consequence of Kennedy’s death was national trauma – he was the firstpresident of the television era and his shooting was the first national tragedyof the television age. W5 examineshis life and legacy through the lens of hindsight, 50 years after his death.With the help of Kennedy historians, W5speculates on a world where JFK had lived, from the effect he would have had onthe Cold War, the Vietnam War, the American civil rights movement, and thesubsequent upheavals of the sixties.


Alsoin this episode, W5 examines charitylotteries, which often offer glamorous prizes that include dream homes, luxurycars, and extravagant vacation getaways. A report by Charity Intelligence (Ci),an advocacy group that represents donors, estimates that Canadians spend $750million on charity lottery tickets each year. Analysis of 30 charity lotteriesby Ci indicates that, in some cases, large amounts of the funds raised through ticket sales are used to cover the sometimes huge costs of operating the lotteries. In interviews, executives from major charitable donations insist that raising any money for good causes is commendable.


W5 also airs Saturdaysat 9 p.m. ET on CTV Two, and can be seen on InvestigationDiscovery on Tuesdays at 11 p.m. ET, and Wednesdays 12 noon ET; on demand at; the CTV App, the CTV Mobile channel on BellMobile TV, and through video on demand partners, such as Bell Fibe TV ( for local listings).W5 is also simulcast in Toronto on CFRB NEWSTALK1010.















About W5

With anongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair andresponsible reporting, W5 is in its 48th season of investigative journalism.Hosted by CTV NATIONAL NEWS’ Lloyd Robertson, the award-winning series is themost-watched documentary program in Canada. Anton Koschany is ExecutiveProducer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Wendy Freeman is President,CTV News.


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