Scott Metcalfe, Rogers Sports & Media’s National Format Director of News and the longtime news director at Toronto’s 680 News (CFTR-AM), has announced his retirement.
Metcalfe, who is approaching 45 years in broadcasting, started his career following his graduation from the Fanshawe College Broadcast Journalism program in 1976. His first stop was CHAB Radio in Moose Jaw, SK, followed by a stint as a City Hall reporter at CHED Edmonton.
Metcalfe joined CJCL Toronto in 1981, which at the time was the Telemedia network’s flagship station. He started as Queen’s Park reporter, quickly assuming the news director title two years later. In 1992, when the station rebranded to The FAN 590 as Canada’s first all-sports radio station, Metcalfe was appointed Sports Director and Executive Producer. He also started hosting The Golf Show (previously known as Fairways), a role he’s continued in ever since.
When Rogers acquired CJCL in 2003, Metcalfe was subsequently named news director at 680 News and promoted in 2018 to National Format Director, overseeing the Rogers “Green Brand” news stations across the country.
Metcalfe told Broadcast Dialogue in an email, that he’s leaving broadcasting at time when COVID-19 has highlighted the continued importance of getting news and information to listeners.
“A career highlight is happening now…our news teams across the country have been working tirelessly to provide people with the most up to date and detailed information about the virus. People need information to make important decisions for themselves and their loved ones and I am proud of the outstanding work our news teams are doing to provide that vital information,” said Metcalfe.
One of the first broadcast news groups to fully embrace the digital shift, Broadcast Dialogue also asked Metcalfe about leading the news division through an era of great change. He was eager to share the credit.
“I have been very fortunate to work with many brilliant people who have offered insight and guidance through the digital era,” said Metcalfe. “We have excellent news leadership across the country and they will continue to guide and inspire our news teams well into the future.”
Metcalfe will stay on with the company until early next year to ensure a smooth transition for his successor. Rogers said it will be posting for the role in the next few months.
Among the accolades the news veteran has earned are an RTDNA (Radio Television Digital News Association) Lifetime Achievement Award in 2017. He was recognized with Golf Ontario’s Lorne Rubenstein Media Award in 2019.
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