Graham Richardson: CTV News Ottawa’s chief news anchor bids farewell to his final newscast

Graham Richardson: CTV News Ottawa’s chief news anchor bids farewell to his final newscast

Graham Richardson, chief news anchor of CTV News Ottawa, said goodbye to his final newscast on Friday evening.

A special edition of CTV News at Six looked back at Richardson’s distinguished career in broadcast journalism. His career began in Edmonton, then Toronto before joining CTV News. Richardson worked as CTV News’ Los Angeles bureau chief, political correspondent at the National News Bureau and chief news anchor at CTV News Ottawa.

“It has been an incredible privilege to tell your stories, especially over the past 15 years here at CTV Ottawa and nearly 20 years at CTV News,” Richardson said.

During Richardson’s final newscast on Friday, veteran Patricia Boal, who will take over as anchor of CTV News at Six starting Monday, recounted the highlights of Richardson’s career, pointing out some of the blunders and hilarious moments along the way.

The announcement was made on Thursday.

Boal was a veteran anchor and reporter responsible for live coverage of the tornadoes that struck the Ottawa area in 2018 and was in the flood zone speaking to affected homeowners in 2017 and 2019. She has also reported from several Olympic Games, including Rio 2016, London 2012 and Vancouver 2010.

“As an experienced journalist who is well known to our audience, Patricia is the ideal choice to take over our flagship newscast and deliver the stories that matter most to our viewers,” said Peter Angione, Director of News and Information Programming at Bell Media Ottawa. “With Patricia as anchor and the very best editorial team in the region, CTV News at Six will continue the long tradition of bringing the very best local news to Ottawa viewers.”

Over the course of her career, Boal has covered some of the biggest headlines, including Canadian peacekeepers in Bosnia in 1999, the federal referendum vote in Montreal in 1995, and the Paul Bernardo murder trial in Toronto that same year.

Boal will continue to host “Ottawa at Work” weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon on Newstalk 580 CFRA.

CTV News Ottawa announced Thursday that Matt Skube will return as anchor of CTV News at Five, in addition to his role as anchor of CTV News at 11:30 p.m.