Jackie Pardy, Chief Content Officer (CCO) at Super Channel, has made the decision to retire after four and a half years with the company and over 35 working in the media industry. Pardy’s last day will be Dec. 29, however she’ll stay on as a part-time consultant to assist in the transition of her successor, Kimberley Ball, who currently serves as Chief Communications Officer. Pardy joined Super Channel in 2019 as Director of Programming and was promoted to Chief Content Officer later that year, responsible for leading programming strategy across the network’s Fuse, Heart & Home and Vault channels, including pre-licensing of Canadian productions and acquisitions of foreign content. Prior to Super Channel, she was Director of Development for Women in Film & Television – Toronto and spent eight years at Corus Entertainment, ending her tenure there as Director, Network Content, Specialty and Pay TV. Ball will assume Pardy’s role effective Jan. 2, also continuing to maintain oversight of media relations and industry outreach. Read more here.
Meredith Shaw is joining Citytv’s Breakfast Television (BT) as co-host, starting Monday, Sept. 11. Shaw, who recently announced her departure from Bell Media’s CHUM 104.5 Toronto after almost nine years, officially joins Sid Seixeiro as co-host, filling the seat vacated by Dina Pugliese, who left the show in February after 16 years. As part of her new role with Rogers Sports & Media, Shaw will be heard on 98.1 CHFI Toronto and nationally across the company’s Adult Contemporary radio stations as host of a new weekend show, beginning this fall. Read more here.
Roger Peterson has joined CTV News Channel as a weekend anchor. Petersen is best known for his almost two-decade run with Citytv in Toronto, up until parting ways with Rogers Sports & Media in 2020. Petersen previously worked as a reporter and anchor for CTV Toronto from 2006-08. For the last three years, he’s been a senior associate with Waterloo-based PR firm Fraser Torosay.
Rob Buffam is joining CTV Vancouver, reporting from the B.C. Legislature bureau in Victoria, beginning Sept. 25. Buffam has been reporting for CTV News Vancouver Island for almost 10 years. His background also includes time as a trial lawyer and former forest firefighter in the Cariboo-Chilcotin.
Teri Fikowski is back at CTV Calgary after a year abroad in Ireland, completing her Masters in Science & Health Communication at Dublin City University (DCU). Fikowski has been a multimedia journalist with CTV since 2019.
Su-Ling Goh is moving on from Global Edmonton after 17 years. Goh, who has served on the Health Matters beat for 15 years and co-anchored Global News at Noon, is joining Alberta Health Services as the Senior Communications Advisor for the Organ and Tissue Donation Program. Her last day on air will be Sept. 11.
Paul Ackerman, Director of Local Sales BC, Corus Entertainment, will be retiring on Nov. 15. Ackerman has spent the last 10 years leading the Corus BC Revenue team. Prior to that, he spearheaded revenue efforts at Global Edmonton for 19 years. He started his career as an account executive at K97 (CIRK-FM) and 930 AM (CJCA) Edmonton.
Chris Fairclough joins Corus Entertainment as Director of Sales, BC. He was most recently a member of BC Lottery Corporation’s (BCLC) senior leadership team overseeing the Community Engagement, Sponsorships and Social Purpose, Sustainability, and Indigenous Relations portfolios.
Karen Erickson, Regional Manager, Local Tempo BC for Corus Entertainment, retired on Aug. 31. Erickson, who had been in the Regional Manager role for the last five years, spent 35 years with Global BC and its predecessor BCTV as an account executive.
Dalson Chen has joined CBC Windsor as a videojournalist. Chen arrives from The Windsor Star where he was a reporter for the last 19 years.
Winston Szeto has parted ways with CBC BC, most recently working as a Digital Associate Producer in the Kelowna bureau. Szeto had been with the public broadcaster since 2019, initially as an associate producer assigned to CBC Radio in Vancouver.
Randy Snow and Stephanie O’Brien have been released from the Morning Jam on OZFM (CHOZ-FM) St. John’s, NL. Hugh Campbell and Stephen Lethbridge have been reinstated in the morning time slot for the first time since 2019 when Snow and O’Brien made their co-hosting debut. Campbell has been with the station since 2012 and Lethbridge since 2010.
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DJ Baby Yu “The Remix Kid” is now being heard on the LIVE@5MIX, weeknights, on Vibe 105 (CHRY-FM) Toronto. Originally from Toronto, Yu is now based in L.A., and is also heard on V103 FM (WVEE-FM) Atlanta.
Darren Worts, morning show host on JACK FM (CHTT-FM) Victoria, is now also being heard in the 6 – 8 p.m. time slot weeknights on SONiC Radio (CKKS-FM) Vancouver. Katlynn Millions was formerly heard in the time slot. Worts previously lent his voice to weekend mornings on the station.
John Tory has returned to Newstalk 1010 (CFRB-AM) as a fill-in host for John Moore (at least for one day) marking the former Toronto mayor’s public return after resigning in February. Tory formerly hosted the afternoon drive show on CFRB for five-and-a-half years before running for mayor in 2014.
Rizwan Jamal, President and Chief Commercial Officer of Xplore Inc., has been promoted to President and CEO. He’ll also join the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Fran Shammo, who has been serving as interim CEO, will continue in his role as Executive Chair of the Board. Jamal, who is based in Toronto, joined Xplore in May 2023. He previously worked at Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) for more than 11 years, most recently as President, Residential and Small Business. Before that, he spent 11 years at TELUS in various roles, including Senior Vice-President of Consumer Marketing.
Richard Trapunski is joining Billboard Magazine as Digital Editor for Canada. Trapunski was formerly an Associate Editor with NOW Magazine for five years, up until April of last year. He also served as Editor-in-Chief of Chart Attack, among other freelance work.
Scott Steele has joined Anthem Entertainment as Music Distribution Coordinator. He arrives from Play MPE where he’s helmed Music Industry Relations for the last two years. Steele formerly had a career in radio promotions, working with Rogers Sports & Media, Newcap and Harvard Media in various markets in Ontario and Alberta.