Irene Gentle, Editor of the Toronto Star, has been named VP, Inclusion and Strategic Partnerships, with Torstar, effective April 26. In the new position, she will review and evaluate new strategic media opportunities and oversee development of inclusion and diversity initiatives for the company, reporting directly to Jordan Bitove, co-owner of Torstar and Publisher of the Toronto Star. Gentle will be succeeded as Editor by Anne Marie Owens, former Editor-in-Chief of the National Post, who comes to the Star from McMaster University where she is Executive Advisor, Strategic Communications.
Ivy Mak, who was formerly a longtime assignment editor at CTV News in Toronto until getting caught up in February’s layoffs at Bell Media, has joined the Toronto Star as a team editor. Mak had been with CTV since 2004, starting as a producer before signing on as an assignment editor in 2008.
PEAK Mornings with Tyler & Lynch has come to an end with the on-air duo revealing last Thursday that they’d been released from Vancouver alt rock station, 102.7 THE PEAK (CKPK-FM). The morning show team had been with the station since June 2017 after a successful three-year run on Calgary’s X92.9 (CFEX-FM). The station has posted its intention to hire new talent for both mornings and afternoons with midday host Clinton Herman set to leave Vancouver to join the Jim Pattison Broadcast Group in Prince George, where he started his radio career. Read more here.
Dana Gee, who had been a contributor and film critic on Global BC for 19 years, has revealed that she was fired from the station last month. The Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province culture and entertainment scribe was a fixture on Global News Morning Weekend BC.
— Dana Gee (@dana_gee) March 21, 2021
Lindsay Michael has joined Amazon Music as the streamer’s Podcast Manager, Canada. For the last six years, Michael has been co-host and senior producer of CBC’s Podcast Playlist, which also aired on Public Radio International (PRI) in the U.S. She’s also worked with CBC as a producer on The Sunday Edition and Canada Reads, among other programming.
Tina Lovgreen has left CBC British Columbia to pursue a new opportunity. Lovgreen had been with the Vancouver newsroom since 2014, starting as a chase producer and later digital producer. She’d been a VJ since 2016.
Graham Neil has left CTV Edmonton after more than 25 years as a reporter with the station. Over his time there, he primarily covered arts & entertainment and local culture, interviewing everyone from Bono to Roger Moore. Neil is joining NAIT as an instructor in the Digital Media and IT program.
Here is my final story for @ctvedmonton It’s a fun look back at fun times with @u2 @RollingStones @britneyspears @hwinkler4real and others! Thanks to @AtomicImprov for being part of it https://t.co/RG6dgt16SW
— Graham Neil (@GrahamNeilTV) March 20, 2021
Touria Izri has joined CTV Edmonton as a videojournalist. Izri has been with CTV News since 2013, starting as a writer and producer for CTV National News and CTV News Channel in Toronto, before joining CTV Winnipeg as a VJ in late 2019.
Madison Erhardt has left CTV News Barrie. She’d been a videographer with the station for the last year and a half. A graduate of the College of Sports Media, Erhardt started her career with Castanet News in Kelowna.
Amber McGuckin is leaving Global News Winnipeg. McGuckin, who had been a reporter and VJ with the station for the last four and a half years, hasn’t revealed where she’s headed.
Ash Kelly is stepping away from radio and News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver to head off to bike mechanic school in the West Kootenays. Kelly has been a morning show reporter with the station since 2018.
Toby Kerr, who was among those released from News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver in November as part of layoffs at Rogers Sports & Media, has landed a new gig with Corus newstalk station CKNW Vancouver. He’ll be the new evening anchor on CKNW and national overnight anchor for the Global News Radio network. Kerr formerly held a weekend anchor/producer position at News 1130 and had previously worked at Rogers’ sister station 680 News (CFTR-AM) Toronto.
Tony Do has left his Broadcast Engineer position with Bell Media Vancouver to join Corus Vancouver in a similar role. Do had been with Bell for the last five years following previous stints with Newcap, Astral Media and Rogers Sports & Media in the market.
Chris Sarpong, who has been part of the Corus Entertainment Communications team for the past three years, has left the company for a new role with Oxford Properties Group. Sarpong has joined Oxford as a Senior Communications Specialist.
Joshua Howe, who has been working as an associate editor at Sportsnet for the past year, has left the network to work as a content developer with Facedrive, the Toronto-based eco-friendly rideshare service.
Tim Mutimer is set to take the reins as CEO of Cineflix Rights, succeeding the retiring Chris Bonney. Mutimer has been with Banijay Rights for the last eight years, most recently as Executive Vice-President of EMEA. Prior to the company’s merger with Endemol Shine International in May of last year, he served as CEO.
Jason J. Sosa has joined Futuri’s leadership team as Chief Technology Officer. An innovation strategist with a keen focus on AI, Sosa will lead Futuri’s Product team and work cross-functionally to develop new features, technologies, and products. Most recently, he was CEO/Founder of Blackbox AI, an innovation advisory for platform development, remote work, and strategy.