Victoria Ptashnick, a reporter for CTV’s Kevin Newman Live Show, did a story on asexuality. It appeared on the CTV show early in January. Ptashnick sought interview subjects via the AVEN forums. Even though the piece provides some visibility, it ignores the existence aromantic asexuals.
At the end of the piece, she says asexuals want relationships and the companionship that relationships bring. Kevin Newman, the host of the show, asks questions about romance, psychology and sexual desire. He even wonders if asexuals are born that way, or if they suffer from some emotional trauma.
Ptashnick assumes asexuals still want relationships, but asexuals are not interested in intercourse. To further this idea, the reporter shows pictures of shirtless men to her interview subject. After the reporter shows the photo, she asks about the interview subject's reaction. This interrogation lasts a few seconds.
The light-hearted tone ends when the piece introduces Anthony Bogaert. Bogaert, a Brock University researcher, wrote Understanding Asexuality. Understanding Asexuality maintains its place as the only academic book on asexuality. Kevin Newman viewers learn the origin of the one percent figure. A study he conducted showed that an estimated one percent of the population is asexual.