The Canada Media Fund (CMF) has completed a corporate reorg that will see a number of existing team members take on new leadership roles, in addition to two new executive positions. Sandra Collins, previously Chief Financial Officer and vice-president of Operations is taking on the expanded role of Chief Operating Officer. Nathalie Clermont, CMF’s former Director, Programs Management is taking on the newly created role of VP, Programs and Business Development, with a focus on developing alternative funding partnerships. Mathieu Chantelois, former Pride Toronto executive director and former Groupe Media TFO and Radio-Canada reporter, is joining the CMF Toronto team in the newly-created role of VP, Communications and Promotions. Rod Butler, previously Manager, Program Policies is taking on the role of Director, Programs and Policy, with a focus on developing the policies that govern CMF programs. Svitlana Levit, CMF’s former Finance Manager, is the new Director, Finance and Administration. Catherine Mathys remains on the senior management team as Director, Industry and Market Trends. The newly-created position of Chief Strategy Officer will be filled and announced at a later date.
Albert Delitala is joining Global Toronto as a Digital Broadcast Journalist/Videojournalist, starting June 17. Delitala arrives back in his home province of Ontario from Global Edmonton where he’s worked as a digital broadcast journalist since March 2018. Prior to that he was a VJ at CTV Saskatoon, in addition to time spent in the newsrooms of CHCH Hamilton, CTV News Channel and CBC Kitchener.
Breanna Karstens-Smith is joining Global Edmonton as the weekend 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. anchor and weekday reporter. Karstens-Smith has been with CTV News Vancouver for the last two years and prior to that was a reporter and producer with CTV Edmonton. She’ll start with Global at the end of June.
Debbie Cooper is set to retire after three decades as host of CBC supper hour newscast Here & Now in Newfoundland and Labrador. Her final broadcast will be June 21. Cooper started with CBC Radio in the early 1980s filling in for sportscaster Ted Withers. She joined Here & Now as a co-host in 1989.
Tim Weinberger is retiring as General Sales Manager of the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Medicine Hat (CHAT 94.5 FM, MY96 FM, CHAT TV, chatnewstoday.ca). Weinberger has been with the company since 2012. He started his career in broadcasting in the early 1980s at CFMC Saskatoon and worked at CKRD Red Deer, CFRN-TV Edmonton, ITV Edmonton, and Newcap in Lloydminster and Fort McMurray.
Shay Galor has left her community reporting gig with Global Okanagan. Galor, who’d been with the station just over a year, is stepping away from television for the time being to spend more time with her family.
Brent Freeman has joined Corus Guelph as the new permanent morning show co-host on Magic 106 (CIMJ-FM), alongside Lisa Richards on The Breakfast Club with Lisa and Brent. Freeman was most recently an announcer with 1460 AM CJOY Guelph.
Andrew MacNeill is the new General Sales Manager at Evanov Radio Group’s CJWL-FM Ottawa and CHRC-FM Rockland. MacNeill has worked in radio sales with both Rogers and Newcap, most recently rebranding and rebuilding Byrnes Communications’ stations The River (CJED-FM) Niagara Falls and More FM (CFLZ-FM) Fort Eerie. MacNeill joins the company July 2 and will assume his new role in Ottawa July 22.
Gavin Tucker has joined the Windspeaker Radio Network (CJWE-FM) Calgary as program director. Tucker was previously PD at Soft Rock 97.7 (CHUP-FM), 96.9 JACK FM (CJAQ-FM) and Kiss 95.9 (CHFM-FM) Calgary, in addition to 13 years with Rogers Radio in Kitchener.
Lisa Steacy is joining News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver as a web editor/reporter. Steacy is a recent graduate of the Langara Journalism program.
Holly McKenzie-Sutter is the new full-time Newfoundland and Labrador correspondent for The Canadian Press. McKenzie-Sutter has been with the Atlantic bureau for the last year. She’s a 2018 graduate of the UBC Masters of Journalism program.
Cornelius Heinemann will take over as Executive Vice President Broadcast and Media at Rohde & Schwarz, and will be appointed to the board of directors at the same time. He was previously responsible for the Transmitter and Amplifier Systems and File Based Media Solutions business units within the Broadcast & Media Division. Heinemann will succeed Jürgen Nies, who is retiring June 30. Nies has been with Rohde & Schwarz for 30 years, including 12 years as EVP Broadcast and Media.
Ludo Dufour has been named to the newly-created role of SVP of International Co-productions and Sales with Blue Ant International. Dufour will be based in Los Angeles. Dufour has been with Amsterdam prodco Off the Fence for the past eight years.
Joe Aiello has accepted the role of program director for Corus stations Power 97 (CKJR-FM) and Peggy 99.1 (CFPG-FM) Winnipeg. Aiello had been filling in on an interim basis. He’ll also remain part of the Power 97 morning show.
Eric Mark Do is moving into a new role with Global News as Syndication Editor. Based in Toronto, Do has been working on the Global social media desk since 2016.
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