W5 Launches New Season of Canada’s Most-Watched Documentary Series with Invictus Games Special UNCONQUERED, This Saturday, Sept. 23 on CTV
— September 19, 2017
– Led by W5 Host and Managing Editor Kevin Newman, 52nd season premiere leads directly into the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO OPENING CEREMONY at 8 p.m. –
– UNCONQUERED showcases the inspirational stories of Canadian veterans as they prepare for INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 –
– W5 delivers first-rate investigative journalism throughout the new season, powered by Newman, along with Reporter Sandie Rinaldo, CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, and regular contributions from CTV News Special Correspondent Lloyd Robertson –
TORONTO (September 19, 2017) – Canada’s most-watched documentary series and North America’s longest-running investigative series W5 returns for a 52nd season of award-winning storytelling this Saturday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. ET on CTV, the CTV GO app, and CTVNews.ca. Airing just ahead of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 OPENING CEREMONY (8 p.m. ET on CTV; visit CTV.ca for local television listings), the one-hour UNCONQUERED provides an on-the-ground look at Canada’s veterans of the Afghanistan conflict who are living with disabilities resulting from combat injuries as they prepare to compete in the INVICTUS GAMES in Toronto from Sept. 23 – 30.
“We launch this season of W5 with a powerful documentary focusing on Canadian veterans and the ways sport continues to inspire their recovery. It’s an honour to pay tribute to these remarkable people and their stories, and to serve as the lead-in to the Opening Ceremony of the INVICTUS GAMES TORONTO 2017 on CTV,” said Kevin Newman, Host and Managing Editor, W5. “Throughout this new season, we are proud to maintain our ongoing commitment to uncovering meaningful stories, searching for truth, and holding newsmakers to account through investigative journalism.”
Newman chronicles Ret. Master Cpl. Jody Mitic’s first trip back to Afghanistan since he lost both his legs in an improvised explosive device (IED) detonation 10 years ago. Produced by W5 Senior Producer Brett Mitchell, this emotional journey culminates as Mitic represents Team Canada in the first-ever Invictus Spirit Flame torch lighting ceremony in Kabul.
The full-edition W5 documentary also follows members of the Canadian Invictus team as they train for the Games and reveal the power of sport in inspiring their recovery. Major Blaise Lapointe is one of Team Canada’s busiest athletes, competing in nine separate events at the Games. Lapointe lost his right foot after he stepped on an anti-personnel mine while attempting to disarm an IED in Afghanistan in 2009. The father of seven children maintains that competing in sports has been vital to his recovery.
UNCONQUERED also accompanies Invictus competitor Ret. Cpl Chris Klodt as he returns for the first time to the military hospital in Landstuhl, Germany where his life was saved after he was shot in the neck by Taliban militants while on patrol in Afghanistan. Now a quadriplegic, Klodt believes that after years of rehabilitation, competing in wheelchair rugby was the biggest key to regaining his independence.
Launching another season of informing, entertaining, and educating Canadians and upholding its commitment to first-rate investigative journalism, W5 is powered by its unparalleled team. Joining Newman this season are Reporter Sandie Rinaldo and CTV News’ Chief Anchor and Senior Editor Lisa LaFlamme, as well as CTV News Special Correspondent Lloyd Robertson, who makes regular contributions to the program.
In addition to airing Saturdays at 7 p.m.beginning Sept. 23 on CTV, W5 also airs Saturdays at 10 p.m. on CTV Two and Sundays (see local listings). W5 can also be seen on demand at CTVNews.ca/W5, and on the CTV NEWS GO app (visit CTV.ca for local television listings).
With an ongoing commitment to covering tough, relevant stories with fair and responsible reporting, W5 is in its 52nd season of investigative journalism. Helmed by Host and Managing Editor Kevin Newman, W5 is the most-watched documentary program in Canada, and the winner of several awards including the prestigious Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism. Anton Koschany is Executive Producer of W5. Brett Mitchell is Senior Producer. Wendy Freeman is President, CTV News.
CTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 16 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca.