Published on September 19, 2013
Canada AM host Jeff Hutcheson was in Norris Point filming a live segment for the CTV show on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013. The three-hour event showcased a cod-gutting demonstration, Newfoundland dogs and local music, as well as several clips from around western Newfoundland.
Published on September 19, 2013
Canada AM host Jeff Hutcheson, right, speaks with Dave LeDrew about Ledrew’s Newfoundland dogs, which he brought to the event. Hutcheson was in Norris Point Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 for a live television segment broadcast across Canada.
Tour operators, residents hope exposure will mean increase in visitors
NORRIS POINT — The national spotlight was on Norris Point as the CTV show Canada AM recorded a live segment at the town’s waterfront Thursday morning.
Approximately 50 local residents stopped by to watch broadcaster Jeff Hutcheson discuss Newfoundland dogs, local cuisine and Gros Morne National Park, as well as listen to east coast music courtesy of local musicians over live national television.
The trip has been almost two years in the making according to Go Western Newfoundland representative Laura Walbourne, who said over the summer there were three survey trips from television producers to the region.
“You can see pictures, but if you’ve never been here you don’t realize just how beautiful it is in Gros Morne Park,” said Walbourne. “We’ve been working on this for a while now, and I’m really happy with how it all turned out.”
Walbourne said she spoke with the producer of Canada AM on a trade show trip, who then decided to take a trip to this region. She was taken with it, and the planning began. A crew from NTV arrived on the scene to help beam the broadcast across the country.
Hutcheson told The Western Star between takes that the trip was, for him, “a bucket list event” and he plans on returning next year for vacation.
“I have a map on a wall in my office and I put pins into the places where I’ve been and I can’t wait to pin this trip,” he said. “This is one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen and I wish it hadn’t taken so long for us to get here.”
Asked why it took so long for Canada AM to come to Gros Morne, Hutcheson said there are a few factors. The area has to be scouted thoroughly. Cost comes into play, and local television crews have to be contacted in advance to make sure of compatibility and scheduling.
They weren’t just in Gros Morne. CTV filmed several clips in the area as far north as St. Anthony for the three-hour segment. They even went out to Trout River to visit a couple that called themselves ardent Canada AM viewers. When the couple wasn’t home, Hutcheson left them two mugs adorned with the show’s logo and a note telling them he was sorry he missed them, and inviting them to watch the show.
The Norris Point residents who attended the segment did their best not to trip on camera cables on the dock. They watched with a sense of pride as the virtues of western Newfoundland living were extolled nationally.
“I think this really opens the area up to everyone,” said Norris Point resident Les Hiscock. “Seeing it through someone else’s eyes really makes me appreciate what we have here.”
Musician Shirley Montague was part of the group providing entertainment for the event. She echoed Hiscock’s statement and added that she hopes the event will result in more visitors.
“I want everyone to experience this part of the world,” she said. “They should see the beauty that we see every day.”
Walbourne said there have been 43 familiarization tours from television networks, reporters and tour operators, with three other networks that have already signed or will sign on to film in this part of the province.