CTV Vancouver has parted ways with lead anchors Tamara Taggart and Mike Killeen as part of what the station is calling a “major refresh.” Taggart joined the station in 1997 and Killeen in 2001. The station says other anchors will be shifted into new time slots, with details to be confirmed in the coming weeks. Segments like McLaughlin On Your Side and The Last Word with Mike McCardell will remain part of the daily newscasts. The changes include the launch of the station’s first podcast, BTS WITH CTV NEWS VANCOUVER, hosted and produced by reporter Penny Daflos. The station will also debut a new weather app and has added weather anchor Krissy Vann, previously a VJ with The Weather Network, to its weekend line-up.
Sylvie Gendron, Radio-Canada’s first female “caméraman” is retiring. French speakers can watch a Le Téléjournal interview here.
Laura Ivey has joined Edison Research, where she will be directing Edison’s growing foray in audio and social media. She’ll also take a role in Edison’s election research. Ivey, who has had a variety of roles at Arbitron and Nielsen dating back to 1996, most recently was account director for the Southeast region for Nielsen’s radio ratings.
Kalina Laframboise is leaving her web position at CBC Montreal to join Global Montreal as an online producer.
Cathy Senay is moving into a new role covering the National Assembly of Quebec for the CBC network. Senay has been with Radio-Canada since 2001 and reporting in Quebec since 2006.
Randy Henderson has retired as host of CBC Northbeat, the public broadcaster’s supper hour television broadcast for the North. Henderson was just 24 when he began his 40-year Northern career, assigned to the village of Frobisher Bay, NWT, now the city of Iqaluit. Henderson, who was born in Richmond Hill, ON, hosted the Iqaluit morning radio show for 10 years and the Yellowknife morning show for 20 years. He’s spent the last nine as host of Northbeat.
Dave Trafford succeeds Paul and Carol Mott as new weekend host on NewsTalk 1010 (CFRB-AM) Toronto. Trafford was news director at the station from 2002 to 2011, before moving over to Global News Toronto.
Mark Cameron is the new PD and operations lead for 101.1 BIG FM (CIQB-FM) Barrie and 95.1 The Peak (CKCB-FM) Collingwood. Cameron has been with Corus since 2003. Dave Blezard will take on program director duties for 93.1 Fresh Radio (CHAY-FM) Barrie, in addition to his on-air duties hosting afternoon drive. Blezard has been with Corus Barrie since 2014.
Mora Austin, formerly VP/GM at Larche Communications, has been named GM Radio & TV Central & Northern Ontario at Bell Media.
Mark Anthony Di Cio has been appointed director of sales, French-language TV and RDS as Bell Media moves toward creating a single French-language entertainment and sports television sales outlet for the Toronto market. Anthony has been with Bell Media since 2014.
Cal Johnstone is joining CityNews Toronto as a producer. The former RTDNA Canada President was most recently at Global News as Network Managing Editor and before that news director for CTV London & Windsor.