Paul Akehurst was General Manager and Parliamentary
Bureau Chief of Canadian Contemporary News System from its founding in
1966 until 1975. Besides Paul and Art Lewis, there were several other notable
personalities who served in the Bureau.
Senator Mike Duffy, got his
start in TV as the first Contemporary News television correspondent
from Parliament Hill, from 1972 to 1975. He had been CFRA's Ottawa City Hall reporter in 1971, having just joined them from CHNS Halifax. Mike joined CCNS in 1972 to establish the new national television service. He was also a radio correspondent for CCNS.when he left in 1975 to join CBC radio. He became a parliamentary reporter for CBC-TV's The
National in 1977.
Ferguson left CHUM Toronto for the Contemporary News Parliament Hill
bureau in 1968.
The late Jack
Derouin became general sales manager of CFRA Ottawa in 1975
after several years on Parliament Hill for CCNS.
Hal Anthony left
CHUM to succeed Paul Akehurst as Parliamentary Bureau Chief in 1975, then became
News Director of CFRA Ottawa and a hotline host until his death in 2009.
Helen Waldron covered
music, concerts and the arts from the CCNS Ottawa Bureau from 1970 to 1972 then
moved to London Broadcasting to help Bill Hutton (formerly of
CFRB) set up a news network in England patterned after CCNS.
Marlene Shepherd of CCNS was one
of the first female radio reporters on Parliament Hill in 1973. A former Miss
Ottawa Rough Rider, in the mid-70's she left news reporting to establish what is
now a highly successful Ottawa retail chain selling women's fashion accessories.