06/02/2016 10:37 EDT | Updated 06/02/2016 10:59 EDT

CTV Cancels 'Canada AM'

TORONTO — After 43 seasons, CTV's popular morning show "Canada AM'' is ending as the network looks to evolve its programming.

CTV says the show, billed as "Canada's most-watched national morning newsmagazine,'' will air its final episode this Friday.

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Hosts Beverly Thomson, left to right, Jeff Hutcheson and Marci Ien pose in this undated photo. (Photo: Bell Media handout/Canadian Press)

Co-hosts Beverly Thomson and Marci Ien will stay with Bell Media while Jeff Hutcheson will begin his previously announced retirement.

Thomson will move to CTV News Channel while Ien will develop new projects with Bell Media In-House Productions.

New program to come

"Canada AM'' has been airing since 1972, providing news and lifestyle headlines as well as interviews with stars and newsmakers.

CTV says it will announce a new program for the 6 to 9 a.m. timeslot next week.

A simulcast of live CTV News Channel programming will air in the timeslot on CTV beginning Monday.

"As the television landscape continues to evolve, so too must our programming."

Friday's episode will be a tribute to both the program and its hosts.

"As the television landscape continues to evolve, so too must our programming. We look forward to building upon the success of ''Canada AM" as we move forward,'' said Randy Lennox, president of entertainment production and broadcasting at Bell Media, in a statement.

"We invite viewers and fans to join us as we say goodbye tomorrow and acknowledge the lasting legacy this series and its talent — both now and in the past — have had on Canada's broadcasting industry.''

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