Dany Meloul has been appointed Director General of Television for Radio-Canada. Set to join the French-language arm of the public broadcaster Oct. 10, Meloul will succeed Dominique Chaloult after a brief transition period. Meloul was previously vice-president, Programming, French-Language Television at Bell Media, starting in 2015, responsible for acquisitions and original content for Canal Vie, Canal D, Z, VRAK, Investigation, Super Screen and Cinepop. Chaloult will continue to work with the public broadcaster as a consultant.
“Cousin Vinny” Barrucco and Shannon King have been officially named as the new morning team on Virgin Radio Montreal (CJFM-FM), following last week’s sudden release of “Freeway Frank” Depalo and Natasha Gargiulo. Depalo and Gargiulo had helmed the show since 2011 up until last Wednesday. Barrucco returns to Virgin Radio from The Beat 92.5 (CKBE-FM). Up until this past February, Barrucco had been with The Beat for the last seven years, the last two and a half as morning co-host. Shannon King joins the station from Rogers’ KiSS (CJMX-FM) Sudbury where she’d been hosting mornings since 2015. Adam Greenberg will serve as the show’s content producer and manage its social media. Lee Haberkorn, who had contributed to the morning show since 2016, moves into an extended afternoon drive shift from 3 – 8 p.m. Charlie Paige will continue on middays from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Read more here.
Chelsea Bird and Shaye Ganam are the new co-hosts of the 630 CHED Edmonton morning show. With longtime host Bruce Bowie’s retirement approaching on Aug. 30, Bird and Ganam will helm the show starting Sept. 3. Bird has done on-air stints as the afternoon drive host on CHED sister station 103.9 CISN Country (CISN-FM) Edmonton, in addition to hosting mornings on 104.9 Virgin Radio (CFMG-FM). She and co-host Ian McKinnon were part of layoffs across the Bell Media chain last November. She also appeared as a house guest on Season 7 of Big Brother Canada. Ganam is a local staple on Global Edmonton as co-host of both Global News Morning and Global News at Noon. Read more here.
KiSS 103.1 (CHTT-FM) Victoria has bounced its on-air staff, disappearing Dez Fernando and Jay Hatton of its Dez and Jay morning show and Johnny Novak from its afternoon show. Novak only joined the station in March from Hot 105.5 (CKQK-FM) Charlottetown. It’s the second on-air sweep in less than a year with former morning show hosts Vanessa Chiu and Tyler Barr, and afternoon announcer Bailey Parker, caught up in a station revamp just last November. The KiSS website teases a format flip coming this Thursday.
Vanessa Doban is joining News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver as a part-time weekend and overnight anchor. Doban comes over from Corus all traffic station AM 730 (CHMJ-AM) where she’s been for the past eight months.
Paul James is set to join News 1130 (CKWX-AM) as a part-time reporter/anchor. James, who was previously with the station in the early 2000s, recently returned to Vancouver after 14 years in Beijing where he was a host for China Radio International.
Tara Jean Stevens is set to join Kiah Tucker as co-host on the KiSS (CKKS-FM) Vancouver afternoon drive show. The duo, who previously co-hosted the JACK 96.9 (CJAX-FM) morning show, have already been on-air together doing summer fill-in for Kevin Lim and Sonia Sidhu.
BLVD 102.1 (CFEL-FM) Quebec City has announced that it has ended its relationship with former Quebec deputy premiere Nathalie Normandeau. Normandeau had been host of Nathalie le midi since the fall of 2016. Martin Dalair, who is the host of mornings on Leclerc-owned sister station WKND 91.9 (CJEC-FM) is stepping in to host The Rock Show in the noon to 1 p.m. time slot with BLVD morning co-host Philippe Couture.
Marieke Walsh and Kristy Kirkup are the latest additions to The Globe and Mail’s Ottawa bureau. Kirkup has been a national affairs reporter for The Canadian Press for the past four years, while Walsh recently departed online startup iPolitics where she was Queen’s Park correspondent.
Nick Wells is heading to Sarajevo this fall to write for not-for-profit media organization the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project. Up until recently, Wells was a web and associate producer with CTV Vancouver.
Meghan Furman is moving on from CTV Kitchener after 10 years. Furman joined CTV in 2008 as a videographer. Most recently, she’s been the anchor of the 6 p.m. local newscast.
Jeff Lawrence has accepted a position as Supervisor, Online News at CTV Edmonton. Lawrence had been with CTV Vancouver Island for the last four years.
Matt Gilmour has left CJAD Montreal to join the local CTV affiliate as a VJ. Gilmour had been with CJAD the last three and a half years as a field reporter.
Andrew Brennan has joined CTV Montreal as a videojournalist/assignment editor. A CJAD alum, Brennan has most recently been a reporter and writer for Breakfast Televison Montreal.
Paul Sexton-Chadwick has joined sports streaming service DAZN as SVP Commercial Propositions. Sexton-Chadwick will help the platform drive its strategy and execution for commercial premises and other B2B commercial enterprise opportunities. He joins DAZN from Sky Deutschland, where in his most recent role he was responsible for Sky’s newly formed OTT business – Sky Ticket.
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