Amanda Kline has been named the new weekend anchor for CTV Montreal, following the departure of Annie DeMelt in January to join the communications department at McGill University Health Centre (MUHC). Kline has been with the station since 2016 and has held roles from covering the National Assembly to the assignment desk. Before joining CTV, she was a reporter/producer at CJAD 800.
Waubgeshig Rice is leaving CBC after 14 years with the public broadcaster and the last two as host of Up North, CBC Radio One’s regional afternoon show in Northern Ontario. Rice will be pursuing other projects, including writing. His last day on air will be May 22.
Russell MacKenzie, who was most recently heard on 89.9 The Wave (CHNS-FM) Halifax and 95.1 CFCY Charlottetown, among other stations, is among a handful of employees laid off from Maritime Broadcasting Systems (MBS). Mackenzie had been with the station since 2013, much of that time hosting mornings and/or afternoons on FX101.9 (CHFX-FM) Halifax. 103.9 MAX FM (CFQM-FM) Moncton morning host Terry Parker, who had been with the station since 2011, and producer Nathan Simms are also casualties, as well as AVR 97.7 (CKEN-FM) Kentville, NS morning host Brian Symonds.
Olivia Mowatt, who has been with Global BC for the last 12 years, is leaving the network. Mowatt, who had worked as a writer and producer, is relocating to Prince Rupert, BC.
Telefilm Canada has welcomed two new members to its Executive Leadership Team: Jean Morin as Director, Information Technology and Marie-Eve Mainville as Director, Human Resources. Morin, a corporate transformation specialist, steps into a newly-created position previously held on an interim basis by Patrick Bédard, Director of Finance. Mainville, who has served in HR roles with Just for Laughs, GURUS Solutions and RodeoFX, replaces Stella Riggi, who has left the organization after more than 20 years as Director of Human Resources.
Martin Carrier has been named Senior Vice-President, Business Development of MELS. Carrier was most recently president and CEO of video game and multimedia production studio, Frima and a former studio head at Warner Bros. Games in Montreal. He’ll take over from Michel Trudel as President of MELS on Jan. 1, 2021, when Trudel’s contract concludes. Denis Rozon will continue as Vice-President, Production, Operations and Technology of TVA Group and Chief Operating Officer of MELS.
John Gattens is retiring from Canadian Broadcast Sales (CBS) in Vancouver, effective May 1. Gattens has been with CBS for the past 36 years and in radio for four decades. He began his radio career with CHQT Edmonton in 1980 and then CFAX Victoria, before joining Western Broadcast Sales as a national rep in 1984. Western evolved into United Broadcast Sales in 1987 and eventually Canadian Broadcast Sales in 1993. Over the years, Gattens has also served on the advisory boards of BCIT and Vancouver Community College.