Longtime CTV Winnipeg sports anchor/reporter Leah Hextall is heading south.
The Brandon, Manitoba native will join Boston-area NESN in a similar role later this month.
Hextall joined CTV in 2005, covering all aspects of professional and amateur sports in Manitoba, including stints on TSN’s “SportsCentre” in Toronto.
“Leah is a skilled studio host and reporter with the experience and sports knowledge that will make her a great addition to our growing team of on-air anchors and reporters,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice-president of programming, in a release. “Not only is Leah an energetic personality on the air, but her well rounded sports knowledge will allow her to take on many different assignments here at NESN.”
Hextall begins her new role on November 19. Her last day at CTV is this Friday.
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CTV Winnipeg sports anchor Leah Hextall is getting behind the mic to host a new talk radio show on Sports Radio 1290.
Hextall will be host of “Amateur Hour” on the CTV-owned station beginning Monday, January 31.
And before you jump to conclusions about the title of the show being about Leah’s attempt at radio, it’s actually about Manitoba’s great amateur athletes. The show will highlight the best of high school, CIS, WHL and MJHL athletics, along with other amateur leagues.
“Playing sports in the amateur ranks is where I spent the better part of my youth and it’s over looked in this province,” Hextall said in an e-mail.
The show will air each Monday from 7-8 p.m. and also include a pro athlete guest.
“Bottom line: they’re letting me loose and I plan on having a ton of fun with the show,” Hextall added.
Promos for “Amateur Hour” will begin airing this week.
With all the history at its Polo Park studios being left behind, CTV Winnipeg makes the move to their new location on Graham Avenue. CTV’s Camilla DiGiuseppe and sports anchor Leah Hextall close out the final newscast in their old building with a nice video tribute.
If anyone has the footage of the new studio tour which aired on May 15, 2006, Chris D dot ca would appreciate it being sent in.
Video courtesy of Trevor Pascal/YouTube. Original air date: May 14, 2006