Harry R. Steele has retired from his role as director and chairman of the board of directors for the Newfoundland Capital Corporation (Newcap). The board has designated him Chairman Emeritus. Rob Steele, president and CEO of the company, has been appointed chairman of the board of directors. Harry Steele founded Newfoundland Capital in 1972 and stepped down as president in 2002.
Dana Landry is stepping down as CEO of DHX Media Ltd. and from the board of directors as the company continues a strategic review, that could include a possible sale. Executive chair and company co-founder Michael Donovan, who previously held the role from 2006-14, will return to the CEO position. Doug Lamb has been appointed chief financial officer, succeeding Keith Abriel, who will leave the company after a short transition. Lamb was formerly CFO at Postmedia until Feb. 2017.
Stephen Brunt and Richard Deitsch have joined Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown as co-hosts on Sportsnet 590 The FAN (CJCL-AM) Toronto. Brunt returns to the co-host chair after spending the last two years as part of The Jeff Blair Show. Sports Illustrated’s Deitsch, who has been a regular contributor to the show, will rotate duties with Brunt beginning the week of Mar. 5. The moves see Damien Cox undertake an expanded role at Sportsnet with continued appearances on The FAN, a regular column on Sportsnet.ca and regular television appearances.
Global News Radio 640 (CFMJ-AM) Toronto has new morning drive and mid-morning talk shows. Mike Stafford and Supriya Dwivedi are hosting The Morning Show, Monday to Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., while Matt Gurney assumes duties as host of The Exchange with Matt Gurney, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Gurney will also contribute analysis and commentary to Globalnews.ca.
Toby Tannas, former Global Okanagan anchor, has joined Ara Andonian on the new Beach Mornings with Ara and Toby on Beach Radio (CKQQ-FM) Kelowna. As previously reported in Broadcast Dialogue, Andonian returns to the Okanagan after most recently holding down afternoons at KiSS (CKKS-FM) Vancouver.
Wesla Wong has left her position as Global Okanagan’s resident meteorologist. Wong had been with CHBC-TV Kelowna since 2013.
Camille Ross is the new weekend anchor at CTV London. Ross started with CTV in 2009 in Yorkton, SK, making moves to Global News Regina, CTV Montreal and most recently Global Montreal where she was host of Global News Morning. Ross also teaches in the Broadcast Journalism program at Fanshawe College.
Jeff White has been named creative director of Industrial Light & Magic’s Vancouver studio and will continue to serve as VFX supervisor on projects. The 16-year ILM veteran recently relocated from San Francisco. ILM Vancouver, which opened in 2012, now employs more than 400 artists. White is currently nominated for an Academy Award for Visual Effects for Kong Skull Island.
Dave MacDonald has retired as general manager of 93.7 Faith FM Radio (CJTW-FM) Kitchener. MacDonald, 73, joined CKCO-TV Kitchener as a weather forecaster in the late 1960s, retiring from television in 2011, to focus on his work with Sound of Faith Broadcasting. Sound of Faith board vice-chair Fred Campbell has been appointed director of operations for Sound of Faith Broadcasting and will oversee the stations in Kitchener, London and Woodstock.
Joe Siddall is stepping out of the Sportsnet Radio Network booth and moving in front of the cameras to join Sportsnet’s Blue Jays Central broadcast as studio analyst. Making his debut Mar. 26, Siddall will work alongside host Jamie Campbell for pre- and post-game coverage of the Toronto Blue Jays. Sportsnet’s studio team will also include MLB alum Cliff Floyd and former Blue Jay Kevin Barker who will be featured guest analysts.