Evanov Halifax has made layoffs following a poor fall ratings performance. Casualties included Rock 105.1 (CKHY-FM) morning man Scotty Mars, who had been with the show since 2016; his co-host Ferne Wynnyck, who had been with the station for the past nine months; General Sales Manager Ted Hyland, who just joined Evanov in June; and creative writer Darryl Osborne, who had been with the radio group since 2013.
Ken Singer, Fabmar Communications VP of Broadcast Operations, has retired after five decades in broadcasting. Singer started his broadcast career in 1967 in Saskatoon and has held roles on-air and in sales, in addition to upper management over the years. Singer most recently oversaw the sale of Fabmar’s four radio stations (CJVR-FM and CK750 Melfort, SK, CIXM-FM Whitecourt, AB and CHWK-FM Chilliwack, BC) to the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group.
Peter Hadzipetros, web producer at Global News Toronto, is retiring. Hadzipetros had been with Global since 2011. He was previously with CBC for 29 years, as both a producer and online producer.
Marie-Hélène Labrie is the new senior vice-president of Public Affairs and Communications at Cogeco Inc. Prior to joining Cogeco, she was at Montreal-based cleantech company Enerkem for the last decade, most recently as SVP, Government Affairs and Communications.
Paul Temple is retiring from Pelmorex Weather Networks as senior vice-president of Regulatory and Strategic Affairs after 41 years in the industry. Temple has been with Pelmorex since 1998 and was part of efforts to establish Canada’s public alert system while with the company. Prior to Pelmorex, Temple held various management positions at Rogers Cablesystems over a 21-year-period.
Jenna Marotta is the new manager of written communications and film publicity at Netflix, based in Los Angeles. Marotta was previously a contributing writer for Backstage and The Hollywood Reporter, among other publications.
Peter Goffin has joined BBC London as an associate producer and reporter. Goffin was previously with The Canadian Press in Toronto and has been a staff reporter with the Toronto Star.
Nathalie Bastien has been elected as the Canada Media Guild’s (CMG) new National Director for Francophone issues. Bastien has been with Radio-Canada’s Ottawa bureau as a producer and news reader since 1988.
Meredith Geddes has joined 102.1 The Edge (CFNY-FM) Toronto full-time as part of the Kolter (Bouchard) & Meredith Show. Geddes, had been voice-tracking some dayparts on The Edge and London, in addition to hosting on CFOX-FM Vancouver. The Edge PD Tammy Cole says Geddes presence on other stations in the network is still TBD.
Corus Entertainment has appointed Bruce Shepherd to the newly-created role of director of Local Tempo Sales, the full-service marketing and creative team within the Corus Sales group. Shepherd, who is based in Burnaby, BC, will work with both the National Tempo and Local Sales teams to educate, ideate, and execute news integrations. With Shepherd taking on new responsibilities, Karen Erickson moves into the role of Regional Manager of Local Tempo for BC. Erickson has been with Global BC in various account executive roles since 2000.
Tarah Schwartz, CTV Montreal weekend anchor/reporter, is stepping down to spend more time with her husband and young son. Schwartz has been with CTV since 2001, the last 16 years as an anchor. Her last day will be Dec. 23.
Leslie Roberts is leaving his CJAD Montreal mid-morning talk show slot to pursue travel and wellness writing as the editor of traveltowellness.com. Roberts took over from the retiring Tommy Schnurmacher two years ago. His last day with the station will be Dec. 21.
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