Ian Scott, the Chairman of the CRTC whose five-year term was set to expire in September, will stay on as head of the regulator until early January to allow Canadian Heritage to continue its search for a permanent replacement. Scott’s extension will also allow the commission to maintain the status quo on several large files.
Nicolle Arams is joining Cable Public Affairs Channel (CPAC) as Executive Producer. Arams has spent most of her career at CBC, most recently as Executive Producer of Power & Politics. Her hire follows other changes at CPAC, including former CBC News Network anchor Michael Serapio arrival on Aug. 22 as long-time CPAC Executive Producer and English anchor Peter Van Dusen retires later this fall. New CEO and President Christa Dickenson also takes up her new role Sept. 12.
Alyssa O’Dell has joined CPAC as Manager, Communications & Marketing. O’Dell arrives from a similar role at the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives where she’d been for the last five years. Prior to that, she was an editor and reporter at The Hill Times, among other publications.
Andy Ross is leaving his position as Director of Brands & Content at Harvard Media and Program Director of 96.3 CRUZ FM (CFWD-FM) Saskatoon to pursue interests outside the industry. His last day with Harvard will be Oct. 14. Ross has been in radio for 42 years, holding production, on-air, Program Director and General Manager roles over the years, beginning at CHWO Oakville, and followed by CJMR Mississauga, CHFI Toronto, CFTR Toronto, CHAB Moose Jaw, KX-96 (CKX-FM) Brandon, Q-94 (CHIQ-FM) Winnipeg, Star FM (CHST-FM) London, Wired 96.3 Saskatoon, JACK FM (CJAX-FM) Vancouver, and Rock 101 (CFM-FM) Vancouver.
Melanie Sampson has left her role as Program/ Promotions Director and Afternoon Host at Stingray’s rewind 89.3 (CIJK-FM) Kentville, NS to expand her graphic design, content creation, and audio services business. Sampson started her career in 2005 with a morning show stint in Miramichi, NB (CFAN-FM) and MBS before moving to afternoons and a music director role in Moncton, NB (CFQM-FM). She then took on middays with Evanov in Halifax (CKHZ-FM) in 2007 before landing at Newcap in Kentville, NS in 2008 where she hosted afternoons until 2013 when she returned to Miramichi to launch new Stingray station (CHHI-FM) as PD and Midday Host. She moved back to Kentville in 2015 to take over the PD role at CIJK.
After being off on leave for a health issue this summer, I am returning to the @globalcalgary news desk tonight, alongside my friend and colleague @joel_sen for the News Hour at 6. Thank you to all, for the kind words and support. pic.twitter.com/amreZifGiG
— Linda Olsen (@Linda_Olsen) September 6, 2022
Linda Olsen is back on the Global Calgary news desk, alongside Joel Senick, after taking time off this summer to deal with a health issue. Olsen revealed in June she was being treated for an inner ear disorder she described as “challenging at times.”
Mike Yawney is returning to television after nearly two years as part of Global’s The Morning Show. Yawney will be producing for the national show as well as contributing tech segments. He was previously the national tech expert for Citytv’s Breakfast Television and CityNews for 17 years until getting caught up in layoffs in Nov. 2020.
Carla Mae Macareg has left CityNews 660 (CFFR-AM) Calgary to join CTV Saskatchewan. Macareg had been anchoring with 660 for the last nine months after graduating from the SAIT Radio, Television & Broadcast News program.
Gaby Rios is leaving CityNews 660 (CFFR-AM) where she’s most recently been serving as the morning show reporter. She’ll be rejoining Global Calgary where she was previously the aerial traffic reporter for five years up until 2019.
Azzaya Khan has left CityNews 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver. With CityNews for the last two years, the 2020 BCIT grad had been an anchor with the station since late 2019.
Deux bonnes nouvelles! 🥳 Joël Bouchard et Michel Therrien se joignent à nous lors du hockey du samedi, en plus de quelques collaborations dans nos émissions! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/9yNpCTlHg5
— TVA Sports (@TVASports) September 6, 2022
Michel Therrien and Joël Bouchard are joining TVA Sports and will contribute intermission segments to the network’s Montreal Canadiens coverage. Therrien had two stints as head coach of the Canadiens from 2000-03 and from 2012-17, before becoming an assistant coach with the Philadelphia Flyers. Bouchard coached American Hockey League (AHL) Canadiens affiliate Laval Rocket for three seasons, from 2018-21, before leaving to become head coach of the AHL’s San Diego Gulls. He was released last season.
Rosa Saba is joining The Canadian Press (CP) as a business reporter, starting Sept. 26. Saba has held the same role at the Toronto Star since Dec. 2019 and prior to that was a reporter with Star Metro Calgary, among other freelance work.
Carly Agro is taking a break from Sportsnet to enroll in the Lincoln Alexander School of Law at Toronto Metropolitan University. Agro has been a host and reporter with Sportsnet Central since 2014.
Rohan Fernando has been named Executive Producer of the National Film Board (NFB) Quebec and Atlantic Studio, where he will be based out of the NFB’s Halifax office. Fernando joined the studio as a producer in 2018 and has been serving as interim executive producer since April. His most recent credits as an NFB producer include the Labrador Doc Project and Reimagining Nova Scotia (2019). He also recently produced two Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards shorts, on internationally renowned pianist Angela Hewitt and comedian Rick Mercer.
Roberta Romano is taking over the Canadian talent agency formerly known as Fountainhead Talent as owner and president. With former owner Julie Lafontaine passing the torch, the company rebrands as Element Artist Management. Romano, a talent agent in the voice division who worked alongside Lafontaine for almost two decades, will continue to represent the voice roster. The programming division also continues with the same group of agents, including Faith Halman, Alix Kazman, Alicia Faucher, and assistant Carter Aitken.
Scott Musgrave, most recently Head of U.S. Radio at Luminate (formerly Nielsen Music/MRC Data), has joined Coleman Insights as the newest member of its executive team. In his new role, Musgrave will oversee the sales efforts of Coleman Insights, as well as its sister company, Integr8 Research. He’ll focus on new business development across all facets of the global audio entertainment industry, including radio, streaming, podcasting, music, and live events. Before managing sales of BDSradio for Luminate for the past five years, Musgrave spent 17 years at Nielsen Audio (formerly Arbitron), including nine years as VP Sales/SVP General Manager of its radio station business.
Andrew Forsyth has parted ways with Luminate. Forsyth had been a consultant for the company since 1996, dating back to its origins as BDSradio/MRC Data. He’ll continue providing consulting services to the broadcast industry under the banner of Forsyth Consulting.