CTV’s Your Morning: A formulaic morning show that misses chances to inform

Your Morning cast, from left: Kelsey McEwen, Melissa Grelo, Ben Mulroney, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Lindsey Deluce. (photo: Bell Media)

Your Morning cast, from left: Kelsey McEwen, Melissa Grelo, Ben Mulroney, Anne-Marie Mediwake, Lindsey Deluce. (photo: Bell Media)

YOUR MORNING is a new approach to morning television. The series will deliver an original perspective and unique insight into the stories of the day, while showcasing lifestyle topics of interests to Canadians from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

That’s how CTV announced, in June, the show that would replace the long-running Canada AM morning show.

On Monday, the show finally debuted. I watched the first three episodes of this new show, curious how it would take this “new approach” and offer “original perspective and unique insight”, but mostly how it would make morning television relevant to a generation of people who turn to Twitter and Facebook before turning on the TV.

I was disappointed.

Despite the long preparation time, the show is still in its infancy, so I won’t judge it for the kind of opening-day jitters that affect any new show. A few awkward handovers as the hosts figure out their timing, some confusion over what videos to show during discussions, or not knowing what camera to look into. Though technically it has actually been very smooth.

I’ll also preface my review by noting that I’m not the target audience for a morning TV show. I wake up well after 9am, and I don’t have the TV on in the background while I’m making lunch for my kids.

But I’m trying to keep that audience in mind. People who won’t tune in for the full three hours, but maybe some half-hour block. People who aren’t paying full attention, and mainly want the basics: knowing what’s in the news, what the weather is going to be like, and maybe a little bit of entertainment in between.

Overall

The best way to describe Your Morning in one sentence would be “The Social as a morning show.”

It’s no coincidence. The biggest changes from Canada AM come from the fact that Bell Media took the show away from the CTV News people in Agincourt, east of Toronto, and gave it to the people behind The Social and The Marilyn Denis Show, based in the old MuchMusic building on Queen St. W. in downtown Toronto. In addition to the studio change, we get Social-like music and graphics, and even one of The Social’s hosts, Melissa Grelo (though her day only starts at 8am).

The hosts

Ben Mulroney, best known as the host of eTalk, and Anne-Marie Mediwake, previously at CBC Toronto, are clearly comfortable in front of the camera and with this format. They’ll need a while to get the chemistry going, but they also don’t spend much time on camera just the two of them. They’re often either doing segments alone or joined by their co-hosts.

Grelo joins the show after 8am, and participates in panel discussions on supposedly hot debates (but there’s just so much you can contribute when you’re one of five people around a table). Otherwise, I don’t see what she brings to this show that can’t be done by Mediwake or Mulroney.

The set

The Your Morning set

The Your Morning set

The set design of Your Morning also looks very Social-like. No wood furniture or big soft chairs or paintings on the wall. (Though they are bringing in couches for some interviews.) Instead, a more stark industrial look, with exposed pillars and a big screen behind a glass table.

Though as Bill Brioux points out, why move into the ground floor of such a historic building if you’re not going to have a window?

On screen

Ben Mulroney with Evan Solomon, new host of Question Period.

Ben Mulroney with Evan Solomon, new host of Question Period.

The graphics are small and not very distracting. The time in the top corner, and weather and headlines from across the country on the bottom.

But those bottom-of-the-screen headlines are also hard to read on small TVs, especially with the white-on-light-blue colour scheme.

What’s missing

The biggest issue with Your Morning, especially when compared with competitors Breakfast Television and Global Morning News, is that it’s not local. In fact, there’s no local element whatsoever outside of Toronto. Canada AM used to have a ticker with local headlines at the bottom, until that was cut to save money. So instead we have a ticker where you have to wait several minutes to get the local weather graphic, and you get local headlines from the rest of the country you couldn’t care less about. (Examples of such headlines include an ammonia leak at a Winnipeg curling rink and a hit-and-run in Tavistock, Ont.)

There’s also no traffic, and I wouldn’t expect to hear about local school closures on this show.

News

Lindsey Deluce with the news

Lindsey Deluce with the news

I would say this is the most important part of the show, but who knows anymore. Lindsey Deluce, formerly of CP24, does a fine job with national and international headlines. Most of the news consists of the announcers talking over video for a few seconds, which is appropriate for a morning show. We only have a few minutes, and Your Morning does a good job of providing information in that time frame.

One part that’s a bit confusing is that sometimes the news starts with Mulroney and Mediwake doing the announcing from the main desk, similar to an evening newscast, then throwing to Deluce for headlines. I would think having one authoritative voice for the news would make more sense.

There’s no regular sports highlights segment at all during Your Morning, even though Bell Media owns TSN. Nor is there a business news segment, even though Bell Media owns Business News Network.

Lindsey Deluce does a Toronto news segment

Lindsey Deluce does a Toronto news segment

In Toronto, there’s also a separate local news segment between two commercial blocks. That’s good for Toronto, but Canada has other cities too.

Weather

Kelsey McEwen with weather

Kelsey McEwen with weather

The big problem with having a national instead of a local morning show is that you have to give the weather for the whole country, and Canada is a very big country, weather-wise.

Kelsey McEwen, who did weather at the CTV morning show in Calgary, has the kind of perky warm personality that you’ll either love or despise (not that Ben Mulroney is all that different), and her approach to weather focuses on pointing out problem areas, where there’s high rainfall or severe storms expected.

But I don’t really care about what the weather is going to be in Prince George. I want to know whether to bring an umbrella to work in Montreal.

And maybe it’s just a bad coincidence, but McEwen’s weather segments so far have given very little attention to Canada’s second-largest city and its second-largest province. Even though the segments last between two and two and a half minutes, she spent only three seconds talking about southern Quebec in the first two episodes, enough time to give the projected high temperature. On Wednesday morning, it was six seconds, as she added that it would be windy. (She uses a nearly identical script for each weather segment during the day, so these apply to almost every such segment. Though in a couple of cases, she just passed over Quebec like it didn’t exist.)

The weather segments spend a lot more time talking about western Canada, particularly B.C. and Alberta, which is odd because:

  1. Your Morning, like Canada AM, doesn’t air on most western Canadian CTV stations, which have their own local morning shows instead.
  2. For most viewers in these regions, who can watch Your Morning on CTV News Channel, it’s between 3am and 6am when she’s giving these forecasts. How many people are up at that hour?

The show would benefit immensely from local inserts for news, weather and traffic, but unfortunately that costs money. Instead, we have to sit through two and a half minutes of weather to get three seconds of local forecast.

The light stuff

Separate from the news is Morning Fix, in which Mulroney presents the more offbeat stories of the day. News purists might cringe at the idea, but it’s entertaining, so you’re just going to have to live with it. Presenting it in a quasi-newscast style (but with a different presenter) is a good structure and keeps a good pace.

The Your Morning cast do a lot of discussing.

The Your Morning cast do a lot of discussing.

The host banter segments, on the other hand, don’t work for me. This is a new crew, so maybe it’s just a matter of letting the chemistry and familiarity sink in, but the bigger issue is that I rarely come out of these segments well informed about anything. Rather, I get a few minutes of the hosts regurgitating things they read online in about five minutes (and much of the time it’s stuff I already know anyway) peppered with some uninteresting personal opinions or anecdotes. There’s no “original perspective and unique insight” to be had here, I’m afraid.

The forced, insincere laughter (Your Morning is hardly unique in this regard) will probably get better over time, as the hosts get more familiar with each other and we become more familiar with them, but right now it just feels so fake, and such a waste of time.

Interviews

Two children of former Canadian prime ministers chatting in Ottawa. (My sympathies with anyone who was hoping to use this bike path at the time.)

Two children of former Canadian prime ministers chatting in Ottawa. (My sympathies with anyone who was hoping to use this bike path at the time.)

Your Morning tried to make a big splash with an interview with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. There were no stunning revelations from this interview, but we did get a sense that Mulroney is capable of asking some tougher questions than you’d expect from the host of eTalk. He asked about the powers of the inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, about Canada’s relationship with the U.S. and China, and about whether Canada’s police have a racial bias.

Mulroney asked Trudeau why, in light of recent raids on pot dispensaries in Toronto, the federal government continues to wait on decriminalizing marijuana use until a legalized system is in place. Trudeau answered that the goals of legalization — protecting children by limiting their access, and eliminating street gangs and organized crime by providing a legal source — won’t be achieved by decriminalization alone. That’s a fair argument, but it doesn’t answer the question of why people are still being prosecuted for something Trudeau wants to be legal. Rather than push Trudeau to answer the question, Mulroney moved on to his next topic.

Anne-Marie Mediwake hosting a panel discussion on whether the Olympics should be downsized or split up, with Sevaun Palvetzian of Civic Action, former freestyle skier Deidra Dionne, and Brian Williams.

Anne-Marie Mediwake hosting a panel discussion on whether the Olympics should be downsized or split up, with Sevaun Palvetzian of Civic Action, former freestyle skier Deidra Dionne, and Brian Williams.

Otherwise, interviews and panel discussions are about what you’d expect from a morning show. Sometimes informative (such as this discussion with Brian Williams about whether the Olympics are too big and should be split up between different host cities), but often featuring guests who need a few more cups of coffee.

Is it worth it?

A lot of the criticisms of Your Morning could apply to any other national morning show, and many to local ones as well. I don’t mean to imply that Your Morning is worse than the rest.

But Bell Media is Canada’s largest, richest broadcaster, and it killed a well-liked institution to make this happen, promising “a new approach” to morning television. Instead, I’m seeing the same formula, albeit with a fresh coat of paint. And even after watching nine hours of this show, I feel like I haven’t learned very much, or been terribly entertained either.

So far, I’m failing to see how Your Morning will attract a younger audience or repatriate loyal Canada AM viewers who felt disrespected by the sudden decision to pull the plug.

For Montreal viewers, where Canada AM beat the local morning shows by almost an order of magnitude, Your Morning will probably do well ratings-wise. Nationally, Breakfast Television probably doesn’t have much to worry about (even though they got up early on Monday to remind people of their ratings dominance).

And I still don’t like the name. Little of this feels like my morning, which will continue to be spent mainly on Twitter.

My Twitter.

Your Morning airs weekdays, 6-9am ET, on CTV stations in Eastern Canada, including CTV Montreal.

Elsewhere

  • Greg David at TV Eh?: “Your Morning isn’t doing anything innovative, but what it is doing is packaging it via a new look with new voices. And it is entertaining.”
  • John Doyle at the Globe and Mail: “Your Morning is, so far, neither national nor local, nor is it a morning-news program or a lifestyle program. It doesn’t add up to anything except television inanity.”
  • Brad Oswald at the Winnipeg Free Press: “…as long as it continues to pursue two very different agendas in two different regions, CTV will never succeed in having one true national flagship morning show because half the country just won’t bother to watch it.”

Meanwhile, Bill Brioux reports on Your Morning’s first-week ratings (overnight estimates meaning not including those watching on DVR, which I assume is just me). The numbers, and certainly any comparison to Canada AM’s 234,000 average, shouldn’t mislead anyone to conclusions yet. It’s far too early to quantify the success of the show.

259 thoughts on “CTV’s Your Morning: A formulaic morning show that misses chances to inform

  1. Marg

    I now choose to watch my news in the morning on CBC and CTV at noon. This new show
    is horrible as the majority of comments say. Please put out a survey to your audience of CTV and listen to them and change this show. You cannot tell us Canada AM got such bad reviews.

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    1. William Crawford

      I really feel sorry for Ben Mulroney, he just doesn’t fit in on this show, extremely awkward presence, his immaturity is very prevalent on this show, more so then on etalk. But the show has promise, I suspect CTV is experimenting, but now it’s time to change a couple personalities.

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      1. Anonymous

        They will never admit their wrong doing. This show was yanked out of the News division and put under the Entertainment Umbrella for one reason only. To sell integrated content. The problem with Ben is that the higher ups never surround him with men for some odd reason. This show, like the Social, and Marilyn, is being run by a small group of people who think they can fool Canadian audiences by re-purposing guests from the other shows and repackaging Torontocentric ideas.

        Even etalk is lagging. The blonde female host though seemingly likable is lackluster.

        The Social is unwatchable. Poor Marci. That Cynthia woman should not be on TV. Lainey is a winey teenager and Melissa needs to dial it down. She was my favorite until the bosses put her on Your Morning, now I cannot stand her.

        Marilyn is more of a Toronto brand than a national one. At least she is better than The Social, The Goods and that Cityline show on Rogers.

        Time for Bell Media to do a talent shuffle. At the end of the day Ben is taking the fall for the poor judgement of the people who canceled Canada AM.

        If Bell Media could oust Kevin Krull they should be able to reinstate Canada AM in a newer, modern format.

        Global should cancel all their hokey local morning shows the moment they can and truly invest in their National brand.

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    2. Nancy orchard

      I totally agree it is a terrible replacement. Their voices sound like nails down a chalkboard. None of them are professional enough for me especially Ben. He fights and stamers. Not a professional reporter. Please I beg you bell media get Bev and marci back. True you cannot read the ticker with the need
      Please bring Canada am back

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  2. Anonymous

    Watched Your Morning,
    Just painful. No substance at all. I tried for weeks. Canada AM with 3 absolute professionals was amazing. I got up to watch Beverly, Marci and Jeff everyday. This morning substitute is horrible. Ben Mulroney and Melissa Grillo horrible. I have watched the social she is horrible. Both are so vain and self absorbed. Please cancel this show.

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    1. Anonymous

      I so agree with the previous comment,,,,Ben M, is so opinionated, I find this show hard to watch,,,,I want Canada AM back, anything but this,,,,

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  3. Dolores

    I was a loyal follower of Canada am watched every morning only could stand new show for 6 hrs who ever made the decision to take Canada am off air should be fired

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  4. Anonymous

    Your Morning can not compare to Canada AM… strictly garbage,,,,, Ben Mulroney is too opinionated… just awful ,,,get rid of him

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    1. Mary-Lou

      Cancel this VERY BORING excuse for a moning news show! Bring back Canada AM and the original co-hosts!!!! Icannot watch this new mess of a show. I thought Global had a boring show but this is equally bad …… maybe worse!!!

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  5. Chris Fry

    I used to watch Canada AM daily and now I watch CBC News channel and even CNN rather than Your Mourning (pun intended). I’ve tried to watch it but even if the segment I tune into seems to hold some interest the next segment inevitably let’s me down.

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  6. Anonymous

    I miss the format of Canada am. Miss the business news and find the discussions almost frantic with the hosts trying to out do each other.

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  7. D. E.

    I’ve tried several times to watch it because I don’t have cable and only get ctv and global with antenna. Just can’t do it. Boring hosts who all seem to be bullied by Ben Mulroney. He might be ok on entertainment show (not that i watch that either) but not while I’m having my morning coffee trying to see what’s going on in world news. I’ll turn on Global and get my news online.

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  8. C. G.

    Please, the weather segments are all too LONG …….and boring…..
    Spend some time on SPORTS please, large country lots of interest.
    This is not an updated morning show, but rather pushing out the old for new personalities which we do not connect well with.
    Trying to connect all of Canada in one quick show is a broad task.
    Pick one thing and do it well, so far I have now changed the channel.

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    1. Mary Adams

      Yes they are very long sometimes confusing but what pisses me off is they seem to forget PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND we would like to know our weather I usually have to go to weather station to get my weather, she goes from Halifax to NFLD right over us. Other than that I dislike the show Ben is much better with celebs than us just my opinion.

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  9. Graham Turnbull

    I actually went out of my way to look for a forum to vent how much I hate “Your Morning Social”. If I wanted to watch The Social I’d watch it at noon, but I put that show on the same level as Canada’s Worst Driver (i.e. I’m surprised anyone would watch either). As others have said, the show lacks substance and is nothing but Chick natter, by which I mean they are all fighting to get their piece in all at the same time, so they talk fast before they get cut off by the others. When this results, very thin salient statements emerge from the natter. I want to be informed in the morning, not entertained by someone else’s opinion on a ridiculous topic such as whether it is right or not to dress the same each day (this morning’s topic that incited my wrath to provide feedback). If one looks at the audience of The Social, it’s over 90% women. There’s nothing wrong with that but a morning show should cater to a wider demographic, which it does not, even though Ben is thrown in as a token male. If I can say anything positive, I’m amazed at the number of permutations and combinations Weather Chick can wear her hair style, as if that’s important.

    Bring back Canada AM, but with a new slant….It’s not just about Toronto. I used to like it when Jeff would do special remote editions in Newfoundland or wherever across this great country. I’ve said my piece, Global or CBC news is now my choice. Now I have to reset my PVR so CTV is not the default “On” channel.

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  10. Marion

    I agree with other, unfortunate negative comments. I have tried to see the positives about the show but no show can or will ever command the interest and audience that CANADA A M did.
    Your Morning just does not holdmyinterest.
    ALSO : The pale blue on white background is not Viewer friendly. It is difficult to read the print while just sitting back watching the show.

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  11. Anonymous

    Please bring back Marcie and Bev,\. Bring Jeff out of retirement. This new format is like The Social and The View sounds like a bunch of chickens in a hen house. Am Now watch CBC.

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    1. Carol R

      Ha! We won’t get Jeff out of retirement; he’s having way too much fun!

      Bev and Marci? Yes please. Can’t stand the thought of Marci’s talent being wasted on “The Social”.

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  12. Mel

    My folks and I have tried to keep an open mind on the new show and format and crew… we just can’t do it. We used to turn the tv on to Canada AM first thing and we always looked forward to the show each morning. It’s just not working! PLEASE BRING BACK THE OLD SHOW AND JEFF MARCI AND BEV!!

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  13. Deb Chedore

    I have watched Canada AM for years and enjoyed the lively banter between Jeff,Marcie and Bev. They just clicked! The new team are very guarded, uncomfortable and frankly very hard to watch. Ben does not fit in with the women! He is phoney, corrects things to somehow prove he is smarter,NOT and is a big nerd. I have changed my morning viewing to breakfast television even though it is geared more to a Toronto audience. I don’t mind change when it is for the better but this format is not! Think of your viewers. Who are watching you at this time of the morning? Young people? No we are older so you should gear towards us not a young crowd who are not interested.
    Deb fro London

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  14. Someone that had watched Canada am from 1979 until 2016

    I can’t believe they haven’t changed the show. It took less time to replace Rod Black after that Canada am disaster. When I am watching morning “news” I have a limited time to be informed, not entertained (?). Sorry Anne-Marie, I had always appreciated your skill on CBC. Unfortunately you are now with a team that is not respected by anyone over 30. Why not call it Your Brainless Morning.
    Ben’s parents must be so proud.

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  15. Ursula

    Canada AM was mature, informative, entertaining and classy. Your Morning is loud, abrasive, trying to be a mature/intellectual morning show but just not doing it. Ben Mulroney is distracting and reminds me of a kid who’s pretending to be a grown up with original ideas. I love Anne-Marie she is being so patient and I see she is trying to elevate the intellect of the show. I used to tape Canada AM if I couldn’t watch any part of the show. I am so disappointed with Your Morning show.
    Not a Fan

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  16. Terri Kaulback

    What a mess! This show lacks everything from local new to global news! Not want I want for my NEWS infusion in the morning before heading off to the office?

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    1. Carol R

      I’m still wondering why “Your Morning” runs concurrently on CTV and CTV Newschannel; it is NOT news. The format they ran after Canada Am was cancelled was far better, and if the Newschannel used that format in that time slot I would still be watching. As it is, CBC is now my morning news channel.

      Just can’t fathom why Bell Media cannot admit their mistake and fix it.

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  17. Lynn Carleton

    This morning I tried again to watch CTV Your Morning and realized again that it is NOT my morning. Extremely boring, the only one who comes close to being sensible and knowledgeable is Ann-Marie – and I totally agree that it is like a second The Social show… I am not an old fogey but I would love to have adults and knowledgeable people give me my morning news. I did watch 5 mins of it this morning (the longest I have since it started) and saw/heard a young man talking politics ….very silly and ignorant comments he made.. As someone said earlier, I thought Global was dull but dull is better than ignorant and boring anytime. Bad, Bad move by the powers that be and I won’t be even checking in on CTV morning again… really, unfortunate. Someone should admit they made a big mistake and fix it.

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  18. Susan

    I have tried to give this show a fair chance, but it is just painful to watch.This is without a doubt the worse morning show that I have ever watched. No substance. I miss Canada AM.

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    1. Elliott Washington

      So what’s wrong with featuring Jamaica on the show Ursula?? Jamaica is a Caribbean vacation destination! Hopefully you watched this morning'(Tuesday’s ) edition,it was terrific! Ben interviewed that very articulate teenager whose voice was used in the movie “Moana”! Then there was the interview with that young man about a book he wrote and why! Keep watching the show Ursula,believe me,it grows on you! Give the young ones a chance to improve their Careers! Have a wonderful Day!

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      1. Chris Fry

        Whereas I don’t disagree that even CanadaAM may have featured a vacation hotspot Elliot, you can not disregard all of us that absolutely hate the new format. Believe me I as many here have watched the show on numerous occasions trying to give it a chance, but can’t stand the format. It will not grow on us! As a matter of fact I have been following this post since day 1 (August 24) and yours is only the 3rd positive comment I have noted in a sea of disappointment.

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        1. Ursula

          OK so I am out in Waterloo and ended up giving Your Morning another watch because there was no other choice in my hotel room. I ended up seeing what I think was the last Jamaica episode in which I didn’t see much about the fantastic island but I did get to see all the different hats Melissa had to wear for her “Melissa on Holidays” segment. Didn’t see anything about Jamaica and it’s people and it’s culture. Canada AM took us places and showcased the location.

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  19. Carolle Arsenault

    I was SOOOOO disappointed that Canada AM was cut, but I patiently waited for the new morning news show that was to replace it. I was however, VERY disappointed with this newer version of morning news. Still, I have been watching for the past month, hoping that things would improve. They have not. It is just too infantile to watch. Throwing pens on set, and childish arguing rather than adult thought out conversations are driving me to another chanel. Although Ben Mulroney is a great entertainment host, this position is not for him!! Please bring a little seriousness to this morning show!! We are not Americans who love their social banters and bickering. I would like the news in the morning. Even Soloman would be an excellent host next to Anne-Marie Mediwake, who does an excellent job.

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  20. Fred

    Terrible…it’s like watching Facebook TV. There were a dozen or so friends of mine that used to comment around the water cooler about Canada AM.

    All but one has shifted to Global.
    Personally, the show looks like a pajama party with a sprinkle of news.

    Reminds of the old Toronto One failure.

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  21. Karen Martin

    Do you remember when Erin Davis was fired from her radio talk snow and they hired a different host? Learn from their mistake! Admit you were wrong and bring back Canada AM.
    It would be a great way to celebrate our 150th birthday!

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  22. Terri Kaulback

    Do Bell Media folks listen to its subscribers? Where are these Bell Media execs? Perhaps they are in Jamaica! This show is so weak and amateurish! I have 30 minutes for my morning news fix and this show seriously lacks NEWS!

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  23. Roger

    Time to start watching Global in the morning before work . It seems like the Mulroney mini is , desperately competing against the the others to be the lead . I’m done with this shit show . Time to start watching news again . I really don’t give a flyin f*#^ what the Kardashians or any body else in Hollywood is doing.

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    1. Christina MacPherson

      I really don’t think the producers of this show are paying attention to what the viewers are saying as we are still seeing a bunch of semi-professionals trying to grab centre stage. They all speak a mile a minute (maybe there is a prize for the host who uses the most words). All the hosts need to study the way to present themselves by watching Lisa Laflamme, Marcie Ien, Bev Thompson and Sandie Rinaldo (they do not grate on your nerves when delivering interviews or the news and they are the true professionals.

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  24. Marilyn Brooks

    this morning show is absolutely terrible….Ben Mulroony is so full of himself the ladies are trying to be fashion icons. They look like they are anorexic and so unprofessional with their talks. The other day Ben was eating spaghetti like a pig slurping his slop. I was totally discusted. I cannot take three hours of this foolishness. Bring back Canada AM and ditch this. And 3 hours is too long. CTV you can do better than this…its too much like CBC crap.

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  25. T.Linda Barry

    I have moved over to CBC.I will be fair and say that I watched for a month or so and I must sat the new show(your morning) is less than good. The show is more Our morning then Your morning.I also would like to add I do watch CTV. later in the day.Thank you.

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  26. Catherine Durnford-Wang

    This show is just awful. I have watched several mornings hoping against hope that it would get better. Melissa is terrible and should stick with the Social. The newsgirl, Lindsey, is terrible. She inserts her own little and stupid comments and there really is NO news. She leads in to the weather girl with some stupid comment. Around the ’round table’ it’s trite nonsense they talk about and they do talk over each other constantly.

    Canada AM was entertaining and informative; the news was treated like news and the reading of the news was treated seriously. There was no silly banter and over talking. I get it that Jeff has retired but come on, Anwar Knight could have taken over as weather.

    Watching Your Morning is like watching a very frivolous fashion show with different hairstyles on a daily basis. I am surprised Ben can hold it together with the competition from the three ladies. Try and get this show to have a purpose other than giggles and opinions on inane subjects. Get rid of the Lindsey and Melissa. Have the weather girl pick one hair-do and perhaps do a couple of interviews. Other than that, let Ben and Ann-Marie do a proper morning news/weather show with interviews and how about some business news?

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    1. elliot washington

      Good morning Catherine! Based on the comments I read on here, I must be the only one who enjoys “your Morning”! I love and enjoy the morning show. I find the morning show very entertaining! I enjoy the cute petite female who does the Weather most of all. To me, and I emphasize, “to me”, the only thing missing is business news! It’s a new show that target the younger People! (By the by, I am a Senior) Initially I did not like the show, however I am open minded and dec ided to give the show a chance and now I love it! For years my favorite morning show was City TV’S “BREAKFAST TELEVISION”! I watched that morning show since in the days of Anne.R & Kevin F, however I switched to Canada AM & Now, “Your Morning”!

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  27. karen pantalone

    Can’t stand the new show .. miss the comraderie and real laughter and stories and fun they had that was real with Bev, Jeff and Marci.. can’t stand ben mulroney .. and why are people on so many shows .. you get sick of them .. and don’t think Marci even fits in with The Social .. so sick of everyone having to have all the same formats .. it is the retired people who are watching in the morning not young people racing off to work .. really fed up with lack of good shows on tv

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  28. Bruce Brooker

    Your Morning. Trite. Banal. Pandering.Consumerist.Superfluous. Ben Baloney is a nattering interupting fluffball. Their personal editorializing is maddening. Your Morning is obviously directed to an audience who has very little point of reference. The show is a train wreck. Get rid of it, now. Al Jazeera has a more balanced approach to news than this surface dwelling cow dung.

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  29. owen smith

    Can you ask Ben’s dresser to please buy him a suit that fits. His belly sticking out under the suit button looks like he’s getting his suits from Salvation Army. Bring back the time when one could wear a suit jacket either open or buttoned up.NOT BOTH!

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  30. Ton6

    How good or bad are the current ratings? The show has had 4 months to find its legs if any.
    If they are not over 150,000 by now they never will.
    I personally stopped watching 3 1/2 months ago.

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      1. Terri Kaulback

        Surely Anonymous does not have cable! Your Morning Show is a yawn inducing snore of a show. Puts me back to sleep!

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  31. Nancy

    It’s a terrible show, the weather girl looks like she is going to a party, instead of talking about weather, and her voice is very whiny. I used to like Anne Marie, but not on this show, Ben is just okay, the others are not well informed about anything. I watch my news on C.B.C. now. Bring back Canada A.M. With Bev., Marcie and Anwar., because I know Jeff won’t be coming back.

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    1. Anonymous

      We are all set in our ways! We hate changes, because we have become routine! We sleep on the same side of the Bed for years, we basically have a daily routine! Throw caution to the wind and give the show a fighting chance, and you’ll get to love it! I did,now I forward to the show!!

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      1. Chris Fry

        Those that do like or even love the new show, which appears to be few and far between, seem to think that many of us that don’t have not tuned in frequently to give it a chance. Try to understand, we just don’t like it and like Lima beans, Brussel Sprouts, or Spinach some people will like the flavour immediately and others will never get them past their noses. While there are certain parts might catch the viewers interest the whole is not enough to keep them watching. I have tuned in many, many times and while I may enjoy the segment I tuned in to I have inevitably been let down by subsequent parts. Oh and BTW, if you like or love the show, “Good for you!”, but please just don’t try to force feed us or suggest that we will love it eventually. How is that even a good recommendation for this program?

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        1. Anonymous

          Way to go Chris! By the by, I love Brussel Spouse and Spinach and Luma Beans! Seriously though, I respect your stance! “We all make choices, but in the end,our choices make us”! Can’t remember the Author of that piece! Very nice communicating with you Chris!

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    2. Tony

      We have switched to City TV. Not as good a mix of news, interviews, and camaraderie as the old CTV show but miles ahead of Your Morning or should I say Yawn morning.

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    1. Chris Fry

      Your right Debb, we should stop comparing these two shows. CanadaAM had substance, personalities, and was enjoyable whereas Your Morning is almost unbearable to watch.

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  32. Angela LeMaitre

    I keep trying Your Morning and I gotta tell you it’s diffently “Your Morning” not mine. Can you not get someone better then Ben? Really? This morning show is really lacking real professional and Canada friendly atmosphere. When Ben starts correcting fellow reporters on the air, he just goes too far. Like most of Bell services you again miss the mark by a mile.

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    1. Terri Kaulback

      I don’t feel that one should target any individual on the show. The dynamics of the 3 personalities does not work and come off as flat and amateurish. The format is a dismal failure and contributes to a boring waste of viewing time if one is waiting for an early news fix. Go to CBCNEWS!

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      1. Christina MacPherson

        I agree completely. The personalities do not gel together as a team. I cannot believe this programme is still on the air after all the negative comments that have been posted. Any other show would have been pulled long ago. I’ve tried to watch but just cannot stand all the round table babble with everyone competing for air time, trying to see who can talk the fastest. Must say the weather girl for the past two weeks is an improvement though. She seems so much more mature.

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  33. C.D.G.

    Canadian Television needs new faces. So tired of seeing what seems to be the same three actors, entertainment hosts, etc doing three different shows. Surely there is more talent that that in Canada or are they all in each others pockets? It gets to the point you recognize a face and just turn off the TV. Some of them could take their egos down a notch or two as well.

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  34. Ron

    Ben just stop!!! Stop being a spoiled brat!! Other people’s comments matter as much as yours. OMG this show is irritating. Never ever be the class act that canada am was.

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  35. Bonnie Bolger

    Have tried to connect with this show , but just seems silly , I want a balanced morning show PS , I did give it a chance

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