RTDNA Canada has named Sandie Rinaldo as its 2023 Hall of Fame inductee, recognizing those who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of audio, digital, and video journalism. For more than 35 years, Rinaldo has been the weekend anchor for CTV National News, in addition to contributing to W5. In May 2023, Rinaldo marked 50 years with CTV, having first walked through the door of the network in May 1973, one week after graduating from York University. In that first year, she jumped from Junior Secretary to Production Secretary to Production Manager, and then became a researcher for W5. In 1980, Rinaldo was promoted to News Anchor of Canada AM, earning her the distinction of being the first woman in Canadian history to anchor a daily network newscast. In 2018, she was honoured with the RTDNA Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2017 earned the RTDNA Dave Rogers National Award for Best Long Feature for W5’s “In Their Footsteps.” She is also a two-time recipient of the Trina McQueen Award for Best Television News Information Program.
Global National anchor Farah Nasser has joined Plan International Canada, a global organization dedicated to advancing children’s rights and equality for girls, as an ambassador. Celebrated Ambassadors volunteer their time to serve as advocates, promoting awareness for Plan Canada initiatives to support girls in Canada and around the world. Nasser joins twin youth activists and filmmakers Maryam and Nivaal Rehman, in addition to Canadian actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, veteran journalist Lisa LaFlamme, retired television host Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and former ET Canada personality Cheryl Hickey, among others.
RAMP Media, a Perth, Australia-based media company, has launched the International Student Broadcasting Championship (ISBC), an international media competition aimed at encouraging student networking, personal brand development, and job prospects. The competition sees all facets of media come together, from radio broadcasting to video, digital content creators and e-sports casters. Submissions close Nov. 1.
Eastlink has acquired Northern Ontario internet, phone and TV provider NeoTech, located in Kapuskasing, ON. The company says the purchase further strengthens its ongoing investment in and commitment to Northern Ontario. Eastlink says it will be working closely with the NeoTech team to help make the transition as smooth as possible.