Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Sign Offs

Kuljeet Kaila, 46, on Sept. 10. Kaila had been a fixture on both radio and TV in Metro Vancouver since the late 1990s after graduating from both Columbia Academy’s TV and radio program and the journalism program at Langara College. She started her broadcasting career in 1998 as a reporter and anchor with News 1130 (CKWX-AM). In 2001, she joined Shaw Cable in Vancouver as an anchor and producer, moving on to CHEK-TV Victoria in 2004. She returned to Vancouver in 2006 as a traffic reporter for 94.5 Virgin Radio (CFBT-FM), Z95.3 (CKZZ-FM) and CISL 650, before joining Shushma Datt’s Sp!ce Radio (CJRJ-AM) as a morning show host in 2010-11. She did a stint with CTV Vancouver as a weather anchor, prior to joining CBC Vancouver last year. In addition to her work in broadcasting, Kaila appeared in numerous commercials and television and film projects. She also pursued a passion for event planning and DJing under the banner of her own company, KJ Media. Read more here.

Tim Knight

Timothy Knight, 85, on Sept. 6. Born in the UK and raised in South Africa, Knight left school at age 17 to follow his calling as a reporter. In South Africa, he worked for the Natal Mercury, the Sunday Express and the Rand Daily Mail, before crossing the border to work with Zambia TV. He went on to cover two wars as a foreign correspondent with United Press International in the Congo and then moved stateside to work in New York with ABC TV and Radio, NBC-TV, and PBS. Knight won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Program Achievement for ABC documentary “LSD: Trip to Where?” in which he infamously dropped acid with Timothy Leary. He went on to produce and report on his own vasectomy operation for NBC and was the network reporter assigned to cover the Brooklyn bank hostage-taking later portrayed in the feature film, “Dog Day Afternoon.” After a decade in the U.S., he joined CBC’s The National as a producer, going on to serve as lead trainer for a decade for CBC’s TV journalists. After 15 years with the public broadcaster, he founded Tim Knight + Associates, coaching communicators in Canada, the U.S., Jamaica, Mauritius, Spain, Ireland, Finland, Germany, Russia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana and South Africa. Following the end of apartheid, he returned to South Africa to resume journalism training there, helping the South African Broadcasting Corporation transition from state to public media. He received a 2012 Innoversity Angel Award for playing “an outstanding role in making the media more accessible to persons with disabilities, Aboriginal media professionals, and people of colour.”

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