Friday, September 29, 2023

Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast: Indo-Canadian broadcasting trailblazer Shushma Datt

South Asian broadcasting trailblazer Shushma Datt will be recognized at the upcoming Jack Webster Foundation Awards with the 2021 Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award, which honours an exemplary B.C. journalism career.

Datt, who faced significant racism from mainstream media, persevered and started her own 24-hour South Asian radio station on a sub-carrier frequency, later becoming the first Indo-Canadian woman to be granted a CRTC licence with the launch of Sp!ce Radio AM 1200 in Burnaby in 2005. Over the years, she’s also produced and hosted television programming for Shaw and OMNI, including the long-running “Women In Focus.”

On this episode of Broadcast Dialogue – The Podcast, we’re pleased to welcome Datt to talk about her media journey, how far the industry has come and how far it still needs to go.

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Connie Thiessen
Connie Thiessen
Connie has worked coast-to-coast as a reporter, editor, anchor and host at CKNW and News 1130 in Vancouver, News 95.7 and CBC in Halifax, and CFCW Edmonton, among other stations. With a passion for music, film and community service, she led News 95.7 to a 2013 Atlantic Journalism Award and regional RTDNA award for Best Radio Newscast. More recently, she was nominated for Music Journalist of the Year at Canadian Music Week 2019. To report a typo or error please email -

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