CFAX 1070 Victoria anchor James Gardner has been named BCAB Broadcaster of the Year. Gardner has been honoured for his advocacy and for sharing his journey as a transgendered man, including a story reported by CTV News nationally. Gardner began his career in radio in the late 1970s in Alberta, and later worked at CKWX News 1130 and CKNW NewsTalk 980 Vancouver. Transitioning from female to male in 2012, Gardner produced documentary My Journey To James for CFAX in 2015 which was recognized with multiple RTDNA awards and has helped raise awareness about the barriers the transgendered community faces.
CBC has announced its 2017-18 programming slate with 17 new television series and 25 returning titles. New Canadian original series include legal drama Burden of Proof, starring Kristin Kreuk; Caught starring Allan Hawco and Paul Gross; and comedy Little Dog from Joel Thomas Hynes and showrunner Sherry White. With more than 100 million downloads over the past year, CBC Radio is building on it podcasting success with new original series The Fridge Light, hosted by food writer Chris Nuttall-Smith; weekly talk show Seat At The Table with Isabelle Racicot and Martine St-Victor; and fresh cold cases from Someone Knows Something.
The CRTC has announced a partnership with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) to combat commercial electronic messages (spam) and telemarketing. The commission says the memorandum of understanding will allow the two agencies to develop a coordinated approach in enforcing Canadian and Australian spam and telemarketing laws and solidify and strengthen confidence in both countries’ communications networks. As part of the agreement, both organizations have agreed to facilitate virtual training opportunities and staff exchanges where mutually beneficial.
Global News Toronto is hosting the second annual Greater Toronto Day on May 25 in conjunction with Corus Radio brother stations 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM), Q107 (CILQ-FM) and AM 640 (CFMJ-AM). Those living in the GTA are encouraged to participate by performing small acts of kindness and sharing them on social media with the hashtag #GreaterTorontoDay. A special Global News at 5:30 & 6 p.m. will showcase citizens committed to making the GTA a great place to work and live. Additional Greater Toronto Day coverage will be featured on The Morning Show, News at Noon, Global News at 11 p.m., 102.1 the Edge, Q107 and AM 640.