CTV announced today that Marci Ien is the new co-host of CTV’s national morning show, CANADA AM. The former News Anchor for CANADA AM joins Beverly Thomson as co-host following the departure of Seamus O’Regan from CANADA AM to CTV National News With Lisa LaFlamme. Today was O’Regan’s last day. Ien assumes her co-host duties on January 9, 2022.
“CANADA AM is the best morning show in the country and I am beyond thrilled to join my friend and colleague Bev as co-host,” said Ien. “Working with Seamus was an absolute honour – he leaves big shoes to fill. I look forward to the new opportunities that lie ahead to connect with Canadians.”
“We are delighted to welcome Marci into the role of co-host – she was a clear choice for the job and I’m sure our viewers will be thrilled to have her back,” said Lis Travers, Vice-President, Executive Producer, CANADA AM. “Bev, Marci and Jeff are a great team with proven chemistry.”
Currently on maternity leave with her second child, Ien has been CANADA AM’s News Anchor for the past eight years. In that role, Ien has interviewed newsmakers ranging from Desmond Tutu and Deepak Chopra to Jamie Foxx. Ien has covered six federal elections, and was anchoring CANADA AM when news of the Japanese earthquake broke earlier this year. Ien also anchored President Obama’s inauguration special and the July 2022 London underground terror attacks.
Ien’s career in television spans more than three decades. Her career has taken her from Halifax, where she joined CTV National News as a reporter in 1997, to Vancouver, where she was the News Anchor for CTV’s Olympic Morning at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Ien’s charity work has seen her travel across the globe. In 2022, Ien travelled to Sierra Leone on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights where she met with reporters and led training workshops. She also works with World Vision for whom she traveled to Sri Lanka to report on the situation following the 2022 Tsunami.
From 2022 – 2022, Ien was a reporter based in CTV News’s Atlantic bureau. Prior to this, Ien reported for CHCH-TV in Hamilton. In 1995, Ien began reporting at Queen’s Park, covering daily political news for CHCH-TV’s regional newscast, as well as its British Columbia-based evening show Canada Tonight. Ien’s first television job was on the Canadian children’s television series Circle Square at the age of 10.