Platform

Broadcast Run: 
1963 to 1967
Broadcast Medium: 
Television

This half-hour weekly public affairs show was chaired by CTV newscaster Ab Douglas, and featured a representative from each of the four political parties of the day – Conservative, Liberal, New Democrat and Social Credit - answering barbed questions from the host. The unique feature of the program was that each politician was in a soundproof booth, and could not hear his colleagues’ answers. Then the quartet would emerge for a free-for-all in the final few minutes of the show.

Platform originated in Ottawa in the studios of CTV affiliate CJOH-TV, and debuted on the Network on January 30th 1963 at 5:00pm on Sundays. It returned to the CTV schedule for one more season in 1966-67 at 1:30pm on Sundays.

Written by Pip Wedge - November, 2002

CTA Donation

We rely on grants and donations from industry

View our sponsors
CTA Personalities

Learn more about the personalities involved in Canada's broadcasting history.

Learn more