Catherine Tait’s appointment as President & CEO of CBC/Radio-Canada has been extended another 18 months, until Jan. 2, 2025. The former President & CEO of Salter Street Films and co-founder of NYC-based prodco Duopoly, Tait initially took up the appointment in July 2018, the first woman in the history of the public broadcaster to serve as President & CEO. Read more here.
Rob Keen has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing and Canadian Content Development (CCD), at SiriusXM Canada. Keen joins the senior leadership team as Paul Cunningham, Senior Vice President, Sales, Marketing & CCD, retires after 18 years with the company. Keen first joined Sirius Canada in 2006 as a National Account Manager. Most recently, he’d held the position of Vice President of OEM Partnerships, Connected Services and Aftermarket, where he managed SiriusXM automotive partnerships along with the launch of product initiatives like in-car experience SiriusXM with 360L. Prior to joining SiriusXM, he held senior sales and marketing positions within Bell Canada. Read more here.
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Marc Michaels has stepped into the morning time slot on JACK 96.9 (CJAQ-FM) Calgary as part of a lineup refresh at the station that Rogers Sports & Media says has yet to be finalized. He moves up from afternoon drive where he was co-hosting with Katlynn Millions, who is currently solo in her 2 – 6 p.m. time slot. Meredith Geddes, who recently joined JACK 96.9 (CJAX-FM) Vancouver, is now being heard in middays on both stations. More to come.
Paul Haysom is returning to CHEK News Victoria where he started his career, to anchor the station’s 6 p.m. newscast. Haysom departs Global BC after six years. He’d been with Global since leaving CHEK in 2013, initially as a producer with Global BC, before a three-year anchoring stint with Global Calgary, prior to returning to Vancouver.
Nathaniel Dove has announced his departure from Global Saskatoon to join Global’s Online National Breaking News team in Toronto. Dove has been a digital broadcast journalist with the station since 2019. Prior to that, he was a video journalist with CTV Yorkton.
Jasmine Bala has announced she’s leaving journalism. A 2019 Ryerson University grad, Bala had been a reporter and producer with Global BC for the past year. Prior to that, she was the weekend anchor and reporter at CHEK News Victoria.
Monika Coen and Marja Van Dyke have both been restructured from the Global News marketing team. Coen had been with Corus for the last eight years, most recently as Regional Senior Manager, Marketing & Promotions for Global BC, BC1 and Global Okanagan, while Van Dyke was Marketing Manager for Global Calgary.
Jessica Smith is joining CP24 as a weather specialist. Smith has been a weather forecaster and reporter with CTV Toronto since Dec. 2021. Prior to that, she was an anchor and reporter with the network in both Kitchener and Regina.
Tom Cooke, Revenue Manager for the Corus Radio London-Woodstock cluster of stations, has parted ways with the company. Cooke had been with Corus since 2014. Prior to that, he was the VP and General Manager of Astral Media’s radio stations in London, Hamilton, and St. Catherines-Niagara for 12 years, the final year under Bell Media. He’s also held GM positions with Standard Broadcasting and Telemedia.
Brian DePoe, General Sales Manager at Central Ontario Broadcasting for Barrie and Simcoe County, has announced he’ll retire Aug. 1. DePoe, who has been in his current role since 2013, is marking 41 years in broadcasting. Over that time, he’s worked as a programmer at stations across the country with Rogers Sports & Media, Standard Broadcasting, Bell Media and My Broadcasting Corporation.
Riley Phillips has departed CityNews 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver to join DriveBC. Phillips had been an airborne reporter for the station since 2018.
Angela Amato has left The Canadian Press (CP) Edmonton bureau to join the Regina Leader Post. She had been with CP for the last year. Prior that, she worked as a communications officer and researcher with CBC Edmonton.
Michael Traikos has been named Managing Editor of Team Sites for The Hockey News. He’ll lead all 32 NHL team sites, in addition to those dedicated to Women’s Hockey and betting. Traikos has been with Postmedia for the last two decades as a sports reporter for the National Post and National Hockey Writer for the Postmedia Network.
Martijn Bakx is the new CEO of MEDIAPRO Canada, replacing Oscar López. Bakx will relocate to Toronto with his family after working for over 12 years as a senior executive in the sports media rights department at GRUP MEDIAPRO in Barcelona, Spain. A Dutch national, Bakx has a Masters in Communications from the University of Leuven in Belgium and in Media Studies from the University of Amsterdam. In recent years, he was responsible for the international expansion and media distribution of LaLiga, Spain’s top-tier men’s soccer league. In 2018, he was actively involved in bringing MEDIAPRO to Canada via a media rights agreement with Canadian Soccer Business.
Nick Meyer is stepping down as President of Film at Entertainment One (eOne) at the end of June, telling employees in a memo that “as eOne’s relationship with Hasbro moves to its next chapter, I have decided to end my tenure as eOne’s President of Film when my contract ends next month.” Meyer’s departure comes as Hasbro, which acquired eOne in 2019 for $3.8B, explores a sale of the company’s film and TV production and distribution unit.
Boat Rocker has made updates to the roles of several key senior executives reporting into studio co-chairmen Ivan Schneeberg and David Fortier. Jon Rutherford, formerly President, Kids & Family and Rights, Boat Rocker Studios, is taking on the new role of President, Global Rights, Franchise, and Content Strategy. Nick Nantell, formerly EVP, Creative Affairs, Boat Rocker Studios, Scripted is taking on the role of EVP, Head of Scripted Creative, leading all scripted endeavours across the studio, while Kerry Appleyard, formerly, SVP, Creative Affairs, Scripted is taking on the expanded role of SVP, Head of Scripted Canada. Michael McGahey has joined Boat Rocker as VP, Content, Kids & Family Live Action. He joins the L.A. office from Mindshow where he was Head of Creative Development and Sales. Jill Danton, EVP, Head of Production, is adding oversight of unscripted and kids and family (scripted and animated) production to her remit. Hameed Ahmed, SVP, Finance & Operations, Boat Rocker Media is adding Head of Finance to his title, leading finance across all studio divisions.
Jim Hammond has joined DJB Radio Software (DJB) and its Canadian subsidiary, Ron Paley Broadcast (RPB), as Vice President of Sales & Business Development for DJB Radio. With more than a quarter century in broadcast automation sales, Hammond saw Scott Studios through its acquisition of DCS and the company’s subsequent acquisition by Google. For the last 11 years, Hammond was in sales with WideOrbit. He’ll make his debut with DJB at Radiodays North America in Toronto, June 8-9.