Matt Mise has been named Director, Podcasting & Head of Pacific Content at Rogers Sports & Media. Mise has been with Rogers since 2018, previously holding the title of Director, Commercial Integration, News & Entertainment. Prior to that, he held digital, sales and promotions roles with Indie88 (CIND-FM) Toronto and Larche Communications.
Phil Darlington has joined Global Edmonton’s Global News Morning. Previously the weather specialist for Global News at 11, Darlington succeeds long-time weather specialist, Mike Sobel, who retired at the end of December. Born and raised in Toronto, Darlington’s journalism career began at York University newspaper, Excalibur, before he transitioned to television at Rogers TV in Mississauga as a general assignment reporter. A stint as a video journalist and weather anchor at CKPR Thunder Bay followed, before Darlington joined CTV Regina as a host and weather specialist. He’s been with Global Edmonton since 2018.
Colton Praill has started a new position as an anchor/reporter with CTV News Ottawa. Praill has been working as a multi-platform reporter with Bell Media’s 580 CFRA for the past two years. Prior to that, he was an anchor and weather specialist with Global News Regina.
Mark Brennan aka “Mark B” is among the on-air staff caught up in a round of layoffs at Acadia Broadcasting’s Country 94 (CHSJ-FM) Saint John, NB. Brennan, the host of afternoon drive, had been with the station for 21 years. Also released was Country 94 and 97.3 The Wave (CHWV-FM) news anchor Tamara Steele, who had been with the stations since 2007, in addition to morning show co-host Bobbi Lee Gray, who had been with “The Breakfast Club” morning show for more than a decade. Zach Perry, who previously helmed middays on 97.3 The Wave, joins the morning show.
Jocelyn Martin has parted ways with Vista Radio’s Country 90.5 (CFCH-FM) North Bay and the Moose FM network. Martin had been with Vista since 2021, hosting middays across a total of seven stations, including the Ontario South Moose FM network, Country 90.5, and most recently 2Day FM (CHGK-FM) Stratford.
Keith Leask has retired from his full-time position at Air 106.1 (CFIT-FM) and Discover Airdrie. Leask, who’d been with Air 106.1 for the last six years, is continuing to work with Golden West Broadcasting part-time as the provincial news announcer for Alberta and Saskatchewan. Prior to rejoining the company in 2017, Leask previously worked with Golden West as a station manager, among other roles, from 1983 to 2009.
Jason Manaois is moving on from 980 CKNW Vancouver. Manaois has been a chase and content producer with the station since 2020, most recently serving as lead producer on The Simi Sara Show.
Colm Cobb Howes has joined CBC Nunavut. Howes, who graduated from Western University’s Master of Media Studies program in 2021, has been an associate producer with CBC Toronto for the last two years.
Jeff Vanderwal has been promoted to Vice President, Scripted at Cineflix Productions. Based in Toronto, Vanderwal reports to J.C. Mills, President and Head of Content, Cineflix Productions. Since moving to the Cineflix Productions scripted team in 2018, he has developed and produced a wide range of projects including I Was Lorena Bobbitt and Believe Me: The Abduction of Lisa McVey, along with crime thrillers Stolen by Their Father and Left for Dead: The Ashley Reeves Story. He is currently developing a crime series based on the Wakeland novels by Vancouver author Sam Wiebe.
Rick Lewchuk, who most recently served as Senior Vice President, Creative Marketing and Brand Standards for CNN Worldwide, has unveiled his new firm Film at 11 Marketing, providing coaching for news, sports, and entertainment marketers. For over a decade, Lewchuk oversaw on-air and off-channel brand and marketing for all CNN Worldwide businesses including CNN, CNN International, CNN en Español, HLN, CNN Go, and CNN Digital. He joined CNN in 2012 after serving for nearly 20 years in senior-level executive positions at Bell Media, including SVP of Bell Media Agency and Brand Strategy, and SVP of Program Planning and Promotion at CTV.