CTV Windsor presenter Jim Crichton signs for the last time

Windsor, Ontario. –

A career spanning 47 years of storytelling, data gathering and reading the news, Jim Crichton’s voice has been heard in millions of homes across the country.

After 21 years as a presenter on CTV Windsor, Jim delivered his newscast on Friday night.

The beginnings were humble. When he was young, Jim attended Brock University and graduated with a degree in English. During school, he volunteered with Radio Brock and that’s where the news virus bit him.

In 1974, his first professional job was in C-HOW at Wellend, where he learned as he went, starting with coffee races, then collecting stories, and finally reading the news.

He made stops at Niagara Falls, Peterborough and Kitchener, honing his voice on the radio, becoming an announcer.

In 1981, he headed east and made a new home in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

He took a job as a news reader and eventually became a news director at CHNS, a job he held until 1998.

It was during his next job, on Broadcast News and The Canadian Press, that Swiss Air Flight 1-11 crashed into the Atlantic Ocean near Peggy’s Cove. All 229 passengers and crew members were killed and Crichton was up to the task of relaying the difficult news his voice heard nationally, including in the UK.

Someone else was listening to Jim’s commanding presence during those award-winning broadcasts: CPFL TV news director George Clark.

He lured Jim back to Ontario, to try his hand at broadcasting, Jim agreed, taking over as host of The New WI’s News Now at 6 pm and 11 pm. retransmissions.

In 2003 Jim moved to Windsor and never left.

It has seen many changes to the station, A-Channel News to A-News and finally CTV News Windsor.

Through all the changes, Jim Crichton was the constant and constant presence, guiding viewers through the news of the day with the same commanding, calm and engaging delivery.

He has interviewed the likes of William Shatner, KD Lang, Trisha Yearwood, Prime Minister Bill Davis, President Jimmy Carter, former Prime Minister Paul Martin, and current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

During his long career with the Windsor news leader, the team’s coverage of the murdered Windsor police officer, John Atkinson, and his funeral, which was attended by many, stands out.

It wasn’t just his work in the studio that made him a familiar figure.

Over the years, Jim volunteered with dozens of organizations as a presenter and host of events for McHappy Day, We Care for Kids, Hats On for Healthcare, The Pledge to End Bullying, Chilli Cook offs, Tim Horton’s Camp Day and he never missed an opportunity. to take your old 66 to local car shows.

CTV Windsor senior presenter Jim Crichton was among the many CTV personalities who participated in McHappy Day on May 9, 2019 (Jim Crichton / CTV Windsor).

With an Oxford English Dictionary always at hand, Jim was also eager to host many reading marathons and spelling contests.

So now, after 21 years of delivering the Windsor news at dinner time, Jim Crichton is retiring.

A 47-year legacy of informing, educating and entertaining the public, he left his mark wherever he went, especially in his adopted communities of Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent.


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