Tim James will join Alison Bailey as co-anchor of the midday run on News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver, starting next month. James has been with News 1130 since 2014 and was previously with Rogers’ sister station 660 News (CFFR-AM) Calgary.
Peter Wagner moves into the managing editor, Weekends role at News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver, starting in September. Wagner, who has been an evening/weekend anchor with the station for the last year and a half, replaces John Ackermann who is taking over morning news co-anchor duties. Wagner was previously based in Bellingham, Washington providing news updates for KGMI News/Talk 790, 930 AM (KBAI-AM), and KAFE-FM 104.1.
Toby Kerr joins News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver as an anchor/producer. Kerr arrives from Rogers’ sister station 680 News (CFTR-AM) Toronto, where he’s been anchoring news, traffic and sports. Kerr will be anchoring weekend evenings and producing the evening news Wednesday to Friday.
Dave Barry, current news director at CKPG Prince George, will take over the same role at CFJC Kamloops, starting Oct. 15. Barry steps into the job being vacated by Doug Collins, who has held the position since 1971. As part of Collins’ transition out of management, Susan Edgell will take over as TV Operations manager and step away from hosting the Midday program. Tanya Cronin becomes the new host of Midday.
Scott Turnbull has retired after 43 years on-air. Turnbull worked his last shift Friday at KiSS 100.5 (CHAS-FM) Sault Ste. Marie. Known as ‘Bear,’ he started his career in 1975 in Dryden, then CKSO-FM Sudbury from 1976 until the early 80s, working his way through Leamington, North Bay and Thunder Bay before landing in Sault Ste. Marie in 1988. In addition to holding down the morning show, he was also the broadcast voice of the Soo Greyhounds for a decade, ending in 2005. Turnbull had been absent from the KiSS morning show since November after developing heart problems.
Shannon Ella has joined Today’s Country BX93 (CJBX-FM) London as the new midday host and iHeartRadio Canada contributor. Ella made her on-air debut during last weekend’s live broadcast from the Boots and Hearts Music Festival. Ella will also continue her role as host of Warner Music Canada’s Complete Country. She was previously a fill-in host with Evanov’s Toronto stations Z103.5 (CIDC-FM) and 88.5 the Jewel (CKDX-FM).
John Knox has left Rogers Fort McMurray after five years. Knox was PD of Country 93.3 (CJOK-FM) and 97.9 Rock (CKYX-FM). He was previously a PD and operations manager with Newcap Radio, based out of Fredericton.
Saroja Coelho hosted Breakaway on CBC Radio One for the last time on Friday. The show is heard 4 – 6 p.m. weekday across Quebec, outside Montreal. Before becoming host of the show in 2016, Coelho worked for Deutsche Welle in Germany for eight years, holding positions from radio and television presenter to senior editor and producer.
Stéphane Gendron’s contract with Energie 98.9 (CHIK-FM) Quebec City has not been renewed. Gendron had been with Bell Media since 2016. Simon Bourassa has been filling in.
Michele Maheux will retire as the long-time executive director and chief operating officer of TIFF next summer. Maheux started with TIFF three decades ago in the press office.
John Laberge, longtime editor at CTV Montreal, has announced he’s retiring in October. Laberge started his career in 1977 as a commercial producer at CJAD-AM Montreal, heading over to CFCF Radio and TV (now CTV) in 1981.
Carol Ann Meehan, former CTV Ottawa anchor, is running for city council in Nepean South Gloucester. She’ll be going up against incumbent Michael Qaqish. Meehan resigned from her afternoon radio gig at 1310 News (CIWW-AM) Ottawa last November. After 27 years, she was let go from CTV News Ottawa at the end of 2015.
Jayme Poisson, who recently left the Toronto Star after eight years, is joining the CBC. The investigative reporter will host a daily news podcast that’s set to launch this fall.
Emmanuelle Latraverse has returned to TVA as a political analyst. Latraverse recently left Radio-Canada after 13 years with the public broadcaster. She’ll be based in Ottawa and cover Parliament Hill, as well as provide analysis on Quebec politics. She began her career at TVA in the early 2000s.
Montreal Canadiens alumni José Théodore and Mathieu Dandenault are out as commentators and analysts at TVA Sports. TVA says negotiations to renew Theodore’s contract didn’t succeed, while the channel chose not to renew with Dandenault. Theodore had been with the channel since 2014, Dandenault since 2012.
Mike Killeen will be filling in as a host on CKNW-AM Vancouver. The move marks a return to the station for Killeen, who started at CKNW as producer of the “Today at EXPO” feature back in 1986. Killeen was a senior anchor with CTV Vancouver up until April, when he was caught up in layoffs at Bell Media.
— Mike Killeen (@Mike_Killeen) 13 August 2018
Jimmy Thomson, CBC Yellowknife VJ and deputy editor of non-profit investigative news site The Narwhal, is joining Montreal arts quarterly Maisonneuve as associate editor.
Jennifer Bidwell has joined Bell Media’s Astral as director of Digital out-of-home. Bidwell was previously a national account executive with Bell Media and most recently was working with media buying agency Media Experts.
Steve Darling has announced he’s going to take another run at politics, this time for municipal council in the Vancouver suburb of Port Coquitlam, where he lives. Darling, who was a longtime anchor with Global Vancouver up until 2016, previously ran unsuccessfully for the BC Liberals in Burnaby-Lougheed in the 2017 provincial election. Darling currently works for business news site Proactive Investors.