Dan Rudolph is the new director of Programming & Strategy for GINX Esports TV Canada. Rudolph will continue to be based at the company’s head office in Edmonton, reporting to Don McDonald, president and CEO. In the newly-created role, he will be responsible for Canadian content strategy, acquisitions and development for the company’s genre specific Esports channel in conjunction with GINX Esports TV (UK). In addition, Rudolph will maintain his current title and responsibilities as director, Program Services & Network Scheduling. Launched in May 2017, GINX Esports TV Canada is North America’s first 24-hour esports TV channel.
Priya Sam, who recently wrapped up a term position with CTV Your Morning, is joining Global Toronto’s morning show as a reporter. Sam had an anchor and co-host with CTV Your Morning since June 2018 after four and a half years with the CTV Atlantic bureau.
Casey Jo Loos and James Sutton were released from Pattison station 102.7 The Peak (CKPK-FM) Vancouver on Tuesday. The duo hosted afternoons on the modern rock station. Sutton was also music director and had been with the station since 2008. Loos joined in 2013 and also voice-tracked for Pattison stations in Calgary and Kelowna from time to time.
Daniel Dale is leaving the Toronto Star for CNN. Dale, who has been the Star’s Washington correspondent since 2015, will be joining CNN’s Washington bureau as a reporter on the fact-checking beat.
Don Metz is leaving the Edmonton Oilers broadcast booth. After four decades of association with the team from game presentation and broadcast director roles to the last five years as senior advisor and vice-president, Metz is stepping down but leaving the door open to consulting with the Oilers Entertainment Group. Starting as a cameraman for CFRN, Metz is known for producing the TV feed from Wayne Gretzky’s wedding and The Great One’s sale to the Los Angeles Kings, in addition to many episodes of Be A Player — The Hockey Show, Hockey Academy, The Day The Game Changed and many other hockey-related specials and series. He also spent five years as game presentation producer for NHL outdoor games and involved in production on six Olympics. Metz, 64, will be joining cannabis wellness company Destiny Bioscience as vice-chairman. The company has plans to launch a 24-hour digital channel called Re-Leaf TV.
Don West, CHEK-TV Victoria news cameraman, is retiring after 41 years. West joined the station as a photographer in 1978 after graduating from Camosun College.
Leo Pilon, retail sales manager for Stingray stations 840 CFCW and 98.1 New Country (CFCW-FM) Camrose and W1440 (CKJR-AM) Westaskiwin, AB is retiring effective June 28. Pilon has been with the company for 35 years.
Estefania Duran is leaving News 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver to freelance. Duran has been a digital reporter with the station for the last year. She’s previously worked as a reporter and digital content creator for CKNW-AM and Global BC.
Geoff Nelson has left Corus Vancouver’s engineering contingent to join BC’s public broadcaster The Knowledge Network. Nelson had been with Corus since 2006.
Stephanie Johns is the new music director at CKDU Halifax, Dalhousie University’s campus radio station. Johns was previously the arts editor at The Coast, Halifax’s independent alt weekly.
David McKenzie has joined Riedel Communications’ North American operation as Manager of Service and Support. Prior to joining Riedel, McKenzie was technical coordinator for 21st Century Fox, providing lead IT and technology support for production and broadcast operations teams during live sports network feeds on Fox Sports, FS1, FS2, Fox Regional Sports Networks, Big Ten Network, and YES Network.
Trevor Doyle, longtime morning man at Fredericton’s Capital FM (CIBX-FM), is no longer employed by Bell Media. Doyle was one of two men arrested by the FBI in Puerto Rico in March after allegedly attempting to solicit sex from an FBI agent posing as a 13-year-old girl. Doyle, who is being detained on charges of sexual enticement of a minor, had been with the station for 17 years. The station has launched a new “Capital FM Morning Show with Crash and Sarah Betts.”
Melissa Williamson has been named president and Nicole Butler appointed COO of Toronto-based production company Pier 21 Films. Williamson, who co-founded Pier 21 with producer Laszlo Barna in 2011, previously served as VP of Development and most recently SVP. Butler has freelanced as a producer since 2011 and currently oversees day-to-day production of The Beaverton, in addition to working corporately with Pier 21 for the past two years.
Judy Ziyi Gu has left The Walrus to join CBC Podcasts as an associate producer. Gu had been digital manager at The Walrus since 2017.
Francis D’Souza is leaving Citytv to take on the role of managing editor of News Programming for CBC News, overseeing The National, World Report, and Front Burner. D’Souza had been with senior manager, Editorial & Anchor at CityNews since 2002. He’ll take up his new role in late June.
Angelina King has joined CBC Toronto as a reporter. She’s been with CTV News in both Saskatoon and Toronto since 2014.
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