Kris Abel is a specialist in explaining and reviewing new technology for large audiences. He is a host on CTV’s popular weekly programme App Central, makes regular contributions to CTV’s national and local news broadcasts, and delivers weekly reports on CJAD Radio and Channel 12 television.
Through his long-running role as Canada AM’s weekly tech contributor he helped pioneer the arrival of technology as a national topic for discussion while educating “everyone’s mums and dads” through his numerous appearances on CBS News Radio, CTV News Channel, BNN, CP24, CTV.ca, MarketNews.ca, CKOM, CKNW, Newstalk 1010, High School Rush, Entertainment Extra, E-Talk Daily, Innerspace, Game Nation, Chapters.ca, and AOL Canada.
From the war in Iraq and the Virginia Tech shootings to the protests in Iran and the passing of Michael Jackson, CTV News often entrusts Kris to contribute to serious headline stories that have nothing to do with product launches or web trends.
As a writer and producer Kris has shown a confidence in experimenting with the visual medium of television, often arranging for playful (and potentially dangerous) stunts to explain his concepts. His use of dangerous animals, elaborate costumes, hi-tech effects, and his even his own body as review tools has presented a sincere enthusiasm which audiences have responded to.
Kris was born in Toronto, the son of an electrical and mechanical engineer. Computers were a new innovation during his childhood and his first experiences with the technology involved learning to program on a PET computer and navigating the world’s phone lines with a Commodore 64. With the arrival of the internet he helped launch a website devoted to video games (he had played them since their beginning) and from there gained the attention to work for Chapters.ca as a web writer and for Game Nation as a television producer. His first appearance on CTV quickly followed.