Tamara Taggart will seek the federal Liberal nomination in Vancouver Kingsway. Taggart was the co-anchor of CTV News at Six in Vancouver for the last seven years, up until this past April when was she part of layoffs at Bell Media. Prior to that, she was the station’s longtime weather presenter. Vancouver Kingsway is currently held by the NDP’s Don Davies.
Bob Cole has had his final season with Sportsnet extended for another six broadcasts. His final Hockey Night in Canada game will be the Apr. 6 matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens. HNIC will celebrate Cole’s 50-year career during the broadcast. Cole, who began calling NHL games in 1969, was originally scheduled to call just 10 games during the first part of the 2018-19 season.
Melissa Kajpust, vice-president of programming for Super Channel, has announced her last day with the company will be Dec. 21 as she moves on to pursue other opportunities. Over her almost five-year tenure, Kajpust contributed to strategic programming for Super Channel’s rebranded channels (Fuse, Heart & Home, Vault and GINX Esports TV Canada). In addition to heading U.S. and international program acquisitions, she also served as production executive for Canadian development projects including PURE, Acceptable Risk, Forgive Me and What Would Sal Do?
Todd Roberts has joined eOne as VP, A&R music publishing. Roberts spent the last decade as an artist manager including a stint at C3 Management, working with artists Bassnectar and Griz. In the early part of his career, Roberts was editor of Urb Magazine, which led to a role as VP A&R at Virgin Records and Astralwerks, where he worked with acts like Basement Jaxx, Fatboy Slim, Phoenix and Air.
Patrick Roy will oversee eOne’s global theatrical distribution business, starting in March when Alex Hamilton steps down as president of international film. In the UK, Kezia Williams has been promoted to managing director of film, reporting to Roy. Alex Hamilton initially joined eOne in 2008 to launch the company’s film business in the UK and oversaw the release of The Twilight Saga, 12 Years a Slave, and I, Daniel Blake, among other films.
Loretta Ramos has joined Halfire Entertainment, the Toronto studio behind Alias Grace, in the newly-created position of SVP of Creative Affairs, overseeing all development and production for the company. Ramos arrives at Halfire from Living Dead Guy Productions, where she oversaw development and production, as a producer on Starz’s American Gods and NBC’s Hannibal, among other projects.
Sarah Bartok will be filling in on CHFI-FM Toronto over the holidays. Bartok was the evening host at Stingray’s 93.5 The Move Toronto up until this past April. Prior to that she had a nearly six-year run at 92.5 The Beat Montreal.
Meg Roberts is leaving CBC Windsor for CBC Newfoundland. Roberts had been with the Windsor bureau since April 2016.
Sarah Mills has been named the first female news director of 980 CJME Regina. Mills has been with the station for the last 15 years as a reporter, host, and most recently assistant news director. Murray Wood, who had been ND since 1992, is staying on as PD of 980 CJME, a role he added to his duties a little over a year ago. Wood also serves as provincial news director for Rawlco’s Saskatchewan stations.
Jaren Kerr is now Canadaland’s deputy editor of news. He’s been with the online outlet since June as a reporter. Kerr was previously a copy editor with theScore and a reporter for the Toronto Star.
Bob Murphy has been named the new host of CBC Radio One noon-hour, call-in show Maritime Noon, which airs in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and P.E.I. He takes over from Norma Lee MacLeod, who retired in September. Murphy has been with CBC for more than 25 years, most recently as the host of Halifax drive home show CBC Mainstreet.
Angela Sterritt will take on a newly-created reporter/editor role at CBC Vancouver dedicated to improving coverage of Indigenous communities. Sterritt has been with CBC since 2009 in various roles from online writer in Toronto to anchoring and producing CBC Vancouver’s supper hour newscast.
Jeff Winskell is leaving his post as regional program director for Bell Media’s stations in the B.C. Interior, to join JACK FM (CJAX-FM) Vancouver as program director. Winskell has been with Bell for more than 10 years with previous stops as music director for Virgin Radio (CFBT-FM) Vancouver, brand director for Kelowna, and program director of 97.7 HTZ-FM (CHTZ-FM) and News/Talk 610 (CKTB-AM) St. Catharines.
Elias Makos is leaving Breakfast Television Montreal. Makos, who has been with the show since 2013, hasn’t revealed what’s next. His last day on air is this Friday.
May Lam, director of Promotions, Marketing & Sales Integration with Bell Media Vancouver, has moved into an expanded role. Lam will retain her current duties, adding Regional Marketing Manager, Western Canada (local radio and tv), to her title. She’s been with Bell Media since 2014.
Nahreman Issa is moving into a new role with CTV Edmonton as the new anchor of CTV News at Noon, weekdays. She’ll also serve as morning reporter.
Annie DeMelt will take over the weekend anchor desk at CTV Montreal, starting in January. DeMelt has been with the station for the past 15 years, most recently as CTV News at Five reporter. She takes over from Tarah Schwartz, who recently announced she’s leaving to spend more time with her family.
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