Revolving Door

Jaymz Bee, Mark Wigmore, Walter Venafro, and David Basskin

JAZZ.FM91 (CJRT-FM) Toronto has cut four hosts including Jaymz Bee, a 16-year station veteran; Mark Wigmore, morning host and senior arts editor; and weekend hosts Walter Venafro and David Basskin. David Wall, director of community outreach and education, and two other employees were also affected. The station’s board has also seen a shake up. Chair Renah Persofsky has been replaced by David McGown. Persofsky had only been chair since March, after Bernard Webber stepped down during the investigation into station CEO and president Ross Porter. As previously reported in Broadcast Dialogue, Porter resigned his position earlier this month, but retains the title president emeritus and will continue to host Saturday morning program Music To Listen To Jazz By.

Lianne George, Steve Maich, Sarah Trimble, and Valerie Howes

Rogers has laid off 75 staff, axing one-third of its digital and publishing team. In addition, Chatelaine editor-in-chief Lianne George and Steve Maich, senior VP of digital content and publishing, resigned. Sarah Trimble, former senior director of digital marketing has been appointed to Maich’s position. Among the layoffs were Today’s Parent senior editor Valerie Howes; Krista Hessey (Macleans); Diana Duong (Chatelaine); Erinn Stewart (Flare/Chatelaine); Laura Hensley (Flare/Chatelaine); Laura Brown (Chatelaine); and Sarah Boesveld (Chatelaine).

Sportsnet 650 (CISL-AM) Vancouver has unveiled the new roster for its morning show Sportsnet’s Starting Lineup. James Cybulski is joined by regular co-hosts Perry Solkowski and Rick Dhaliwal. Following Solkowski’s move to the morning time slot, Randip Janda will now work alongside Dan Riccio from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT on the newly-named Reach Deep program. Former morning show co-host Mira Laurence becomes the new game reporter for Sportsnet 650’s Vancouver Canucks radio broadcast team.

Priya Sam

Priya Sam is replacing Lindsey Deluce on CTV’s Your Morning while Deluce is on maternity leave. Sam has been with CTV Atlantic since 2015 as a CTV Morning Live co-host, noon news anchor and segment producer.

Scott Turnbull

Scott Turnbull is retiring after a 43-year broadcasting career. Turnbull had been away from the morning show on KiSS 100.5 (CHAS-FM) Sault Ste. Marie since November after undergoing heart surgery. Rogers Media announced Turnbull’s retirement on Friday.

John Donabie

John Donabie has signed off from University of Toronto campus station CIUT 89.5 FM Toronto. Donabie’s broadcasting career started at CKLB Oshawa where he began hanging around as a teen. From CKLB, he went on to work at Toronto stations CKFH, CHUM-FM, Q107 (CILQ-FM), CFRB-AM and JAZZ.FM91 (CJRT-FM). Donabie also dabbled as a television host on CBC’s Afternoon Delight and contributor to Canada AM. He was inducted into the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 2013.

Catherine Hanrahan

Catherine Hanrahan is leaving radio to pursue a new career. Since 2010, she’s been co-host of Fresh Mornings on 100.5 Fresh Radio (CKRU-FM) Peterborough. Her last day on-air will be July 12.

Dave White

Dave White is leaving News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver to take on afternoon news presenter duties on CBC Radio One Calgary. White has been a reporter, anchor and editor with Rogers Vancouver since 2008.

Shane Magee

Shane Magee has left his Moncton City Hall reporting gig with Brunswick News to join CBC Moncton. Prior to Brunswick News, Magee spent two years in Yellowknife with Northern News Services.

Élaine Giroux and Stéphane Gasse

Élaine Giroux is taking over for Daniel Brouillette as GM and sales director at Cogeco’s Rhythme FM (CJEB-FM) and 106.9 FM (CKOB-FM) Mauricie, Que. Stéphane Gasse becomes director of programming. 

Michel Langevin

Michel Langevin is leaving 91.9 Sports (CKLX-FM) Montreal to become the new morning man at 104.7 FM (CKOF-FM) Gatineau. Langevin covered the Ottawa Senators for many years on the station’s AM predecessor CJRC 1150. He later moved to Montreal, where he worked at CKAC-AM, TQS, RDS and TVA Sports.

Scott Lunn

Scott Lunn has been appointed regional GM/revenue manager for Vista Radio’s stations in the B.C. North region. Lunn has been manager of broadcast operations with Global Calgary since 2014. He arrives in Prince George on July 3.

Amy Judd

Amy Judd is the new online supervisor at Global BC.  Judd has been an online reporter and on-air contributor with Global BC since 2011 and has also been a segment host with News Talk 980 (CKNW-AM).

Samantha Berdini

Samantha Berdini has taken over as evening assignment coordinator for Global News Toronto. Berdini has been with Global since 2017 as an editorial assistant.

Doyle Potenteau

Doyle Potenteau has joined Global News Okanagan as an online journalist. Potenteau has been with The Daily Courier in Kelowna the past 17 years, where he held positions from sports writer to managing editor.

Sue Bailey

Sue Bailey, longtime Newfoundland and Labrador reporter for The Canadian Press, has retired. Bailey Tweeted that she’s pursuing “other labours of love in health and wellness, along with freelance writing and research.”

Tony Grace

Tony Grace is leaving CTV Barrie after eight years in the anchor chair. Grace has been with CTV since 2001 in roles from National Parliament Hill correspondent to morning show co-host and producer at CTV Ottawa. Grace says he’s returning to the Ottawa Valley.

Matt Stein, Peter Rocca, Ian Stevens, and Michael Garbe

Matt Stein is the new chairman and president of the Canadian Network Operators Consortium (CNOC). Stein is the former vice-chair and treasurer of CNOC and CEO of Distributel Communications. Peter Rocca, president and CEO of will become board vice-chair, while Ian Stevens, president and CEO of Execulink, steps into the treasurer role. Michael Garbe, who had been CNOC president since 2016, will continue as a board member.

Jill Golick

Jill Golick has been named Women In View’s new executive director, following the departure of Rina Fraticelli this Spring for a position at McMaster University. Golick was previously president of the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC) and a member of the Women In View board of directors.

Taran Parmar

Taran Parmar is joining News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver part-time as a weekend reporter and anchor. Parmar had been with the now-defunct Roundhouse Radio (CIRH-FM) since 2016 as a reporter, weekend anchor and content creator.

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