Anna Maria Tremonti, the award-winning host of CBC Radio One’s The Current, is stepping away from the show to host and produce for CBC Podcasts.
CBC says the veteran broadcaster’s last day with The Current will be June 21 so Tremonti can focus on her podcasting ventures which will include an indepth, one-on-one interview series, starting this fall. In a release, the public broadcaster says guests will range from “the well-known, to those who audiences will want to know, in conversations that will take listeners on a fascinating deep dive.” Tremonti also has a second CBC Podcast project in development, with details to be announced later this year.
“This move into podcasting will give me an opportunity to do what I love best and explore storytelling in an exciting new way. I’ve learned a lot about having meaningful conversations – and listening – over 17 seasons at The Current, but it is time for a new challenge,” said Tremonti. “I’ve been privileged to connect with remarkable people and audiences across Canada each day. We do a lot of serious deep journalism at The Current and it has been very fulfilling to have a smart and curious audience willing to be part of that. And I’m beyond grateful for the talented team of producers who’ve made it possible.”
“Anna Maria is an exceptional journalist,” said Susan Marjetti, Executive Director of CBC Radio and Audio, “Her ability to listen, to ask thoughtful and probing questions, her depth from years in the field, her empathy, and her award-winning journalism will continue to serve our audiences in podcasting. But she will be truly missed on radio. The search for a new host of The Current now begins.”
Tremonti has helmed the weekday morning current affairs show since it was first introduced in Nov. 2002, and was part of the team that developed and launched the show. Prior to The Current, Tremonti spent 19 years with CBC Television, including two years as a host of The Fifth Estate and nine years as a foreign correspondent for The National, based in Berlin, London, Jerusalem and Washington. She’s also worked on Parliament Hill and as a reporter in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Alberta. She began her career at CKEC in New Glasgow, NS.
Tremonti and The Current have won numerous awards over the years including the Canadian Journalism Foundation Excellence in Journalism Award (2012), an Amnesty International Canada Media Award (2012), three Gracie Awards (2011, 2014 and 2015), and several Gabriel Awards and RTDNA Awards, among other accolades.
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