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Susan Marjetti

Susan Marjetti, General Manager of CBC News, has announced her retirement after 45 years in Canadian media, 35 of those with the public broadcaster. Marjetti will be succeeded by CBC News Editor-in-Chief Brodie Fenlon, who will assume the role of General Manager, in addition to his current title. Originally from Cape Breton, Marjetti started her career at CFRB Toronto in the early 1980s, while still a student at Ryerson University, working on the switchboard and cutting tape, among other jobs. She worked in private radio for a decade before joining CBC Halifax in 1988. She was appointed to the GM position at the outset of the pandemic in 2020. Read more here.

Jackie Moss

Jackie Moss, National Director of Marketing and Promotions at Corus Entertainment, has been promoted to Vice President, Audio, as Ronnie Stanton departs the company. Moss has been working with Corus Radio since 2016, initially serving as the Marketing Manager for Radio & TV in Toronto, working with Global News, 102.1 The Edge (CFNY-FM), Q107 (CILQ-FM), and 640 (CFIQ-FM) Toronto, before moving into her current national role. Read more here.

Cassie Campbell-Pascall has left Hockey Night in Canada after 16 seasons to join the newly-founded Professional Women’s Hockey League (PWHL) as a special advisor. Campbell-Pascall is a three-time Olympian with the Canadian women’s national team. 

Evan Solomon has been filling in on the CBS News livestream over the holidays. Solomon left Bell Media’s iHeartRadio talk network and CTV News in October 2022 to join New York City-based global affairs site GZERO Media as publisher, a subsidiary of political risk analysis firm, Eurasia Group. 

Mika Midolo

Mika Midolo has left CP24 after almost 24 years. Midolo, who had been a traffic and CP24 Breakfast reporter and weather specialist for 15 years, is expanding her pilates instruction business movewithmika.ca.

Lenna Latafat

Leena Latafat is now anchoring CP24’s Live at Noon and Live at 5, alongside Bakari Savage. Latafat has been an anchor with the station since 2017. Prior to that, she was a reporter with CTV Kitchener, among other stops.

Bill Welychka

Bill Welychka is among those impacted by cuts to the local Global News morning shows across the country, but will stay with Corus Entertainment as the host of middays on Kingston’s 96.3 BIG FM (CFMK-FM). The former MuchMusic personality had been with CKWS-TV Kingston since 2012, in addition to contributing to BIG FM.

Callum Smith

Callum Smith is the new Supervising Producer and Managing Editor for Global Halifax and New Brunswick. Smith has been with Global News since 2018, initially as a videojournalist in Moncton and more recently a digital broadcast journalist in Halifax. Smith’s appointment comes with the retirement of Richard Dooley, who had been in the Supervising Producer role for the last 13 years.

Rosanna Hempel

Rosanna Hempel is leaving Global Winnipeg to join CBC Manitoba as a reporter. Hempel had been a producer and videojournalist with Global since 2021.

Holly Moore

Holly Moore has joined CTV Winnipeg as Managing Editor. Moore arrives from APTN where she’s worked as an Executive Producer and Senior Investigative Producer over the last seven years. Prior to that, she was an Associate Producer working with CBC Manitoba’s “i-Team.”

Connie Daye

Connie Daye has retired as an Editing Supervisor at CBC after 35 years with the public broadcaster. Over that time, Day has held roles in Ottawa, Yellowknife and Toronto, including directing, studio camera work and ENG editing.

Pat Kaniuga

Pat Kaniuga has signed off from CBC Winnipeg after 29 years. The longtime director of Information Radio on CBC Radio One in Manitoba, Kaniuga first joined CBC in 1994 after a stint as a reporter with the Winnipeg Sun

Yasmin Gandham

Yasmin Gandham has left CBC Vancouver to join CTV Vancouver as a full-time reporter, starting Jan. 8. Gandham had been with CBC since early 2022. Prior to that, she was a videojournalist and anchor with Global Okanagan and worked with CityNews 1130 (CKWX-AM) Vancouver as an anchor and producer. 

Justin McElroy

Justin McElroy, CBC Vancouver’s Municipal Affairs Reporter, has announced plans to take a year-long sabbatical in March to travel the world. McElroy has been with CBC since 2016.

Jamie Long

Jamie Long has left CBC Ottawa after more than 12 years as a digital writer and editor to join the CHEO (Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario) communications team. Prior to joining CBC, Long was a reporter with Sun Media and CTV Ottawa. 

Madelaine (Maddy) Pouliot has retired from TSN after more than 12 years as the network’s travel coordinator. Prior to TSN, Pouliot was a senior corporate travel consultant with American Express Business Travel.

Alicia “Ace” West and Marlon Palmer will debut in mornings on Flow 98.7 (CKFG-FM) on Jan. 15 as Ace & Marlon in the Morning. Palmer, a Toronto-based comedian, and West, a former personality on Stingray’s Flow 93.5, have been co-hosting the Extra Gravy Podcast together for the last four years, which will celebrate its seventh anniversary in 2024. 

Peter Kash & Jenna Winterburn

Peter Kash and Jenna Winterburn are the new morning show team on Virgin Radio (CFMG-FM) Edmonton. Kash, best known for his run co-hosting the morning show on Toronto’s Flow 93.5, has most recently been hosting weeknights on CHUM 104.5 Toronto and afternoon drive on Virgin Radio Edmonton. Winterburn has previously been on-air at Play 107 (CKPW-FM) and KiSS 91.7 (CHBN-FM) Edmonton. 

Greg Shannon

Greg Shannon has hosted his last morning show on 840 CFCW Edmonton. Shannon had been in the role since 2018. His previous stops include KG Country 95.5 (CKGY-FM) Red Deer, 96.3 Big Earl (CKRA-FM) Edmonton, B100 (CKBZ-FM) Kamloops and Country Music Television (CMT).

Neil Morrison

Neil Morrison has joined the lineup on Kenner Media’s Mix 107.9 (CKBT-FM) Fort Saskatchewan, AB. Morrison, best known for his runs on CFOX Vancouver and 102.1 The Edge (CFNY-FM) Toronto, will be heard in afternoon drive, joining morning show host Rob Christie and Kim Scott in middays. 

Kathy Harris

Kathy Harris, Director of Local Sales for Dougall Media, retired on Dec. 31 after close to 35 years with the company. Harris began her tenure in 1989, working as a Radio Account Executive, before adding television sales to her portfolio. She ultimately developed and managed the group Sales team as Local Sales Manager, the first in-house team representing sales for all media properties at the time, across television, radio and print.

Cora Cambly

Cora Cambly is the new Director of General Sales for Dougall Media. Cambly, who has most recently served as Publisher of Newswatch – a role she’ll also continue in – has been with Dougall Media since 1997, working her way up in sales for radio, television and print, in addition to marketing, promotions and corporate community partnerships.

Aisling Murphy

Aisling Murphy has departed Bell Media to freelance as a culture journalist. Murphy joined the CP24 and CTV News digital team in March after working as a reporter for the Toronto Star. She’s also an editor at Intermission Magazine.

Cecil Rosner

Cecil Rosner is the new Managing Editor at the Investigative Journalism Foundation (IJF). Rosner, who is also an adjunct professor at the University of Winnipeg where he teaches a course in Investigative Journalism, retired from CBC in 2021. He’d most recently served as Executive Producer of The Fifth Estate.

Alison Millington

Alison Millington has stepped down as Editor-in-Chief at Narcity Media Group. Millington, who had been with Narcity since 2021, has joined Amazon as Executive Editor for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, based in London, UK.

Eleanor Grace Knowles

Eleanor Grace Knowles has joined blogTO as a Senior Editor. Knowles arrives from CBC Arts where she’s worked as a producer since 2016.


Rohan Fernando

David Christensen and Rohan Fernando have parted ways with the National Film Board (NFB) in restructuring at the federal agency. Fernando, Executive Producer of the Quebec Atlantic studio in Halifax, and Christensen, Executive Producer of the Northwest studio in Calgary, will no longer be leading their respective teams. The Quebec Atlantic studio will now be managed from Montreal by the EP of the French studio, while the Northwest studio will be divided between Toronto and Vancouver.

Robert Pothier

Robert Pothier has been promoted to President and CEO at Telecon and appointed to the Montreal-headquartered company’s Board of Directors. Pothier has most recently been serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Customer Officer of Telecon after joining the company nine years ago. Prior to joining Telecon, he was with Ericsson for 21 years, working abroad in the UK, Spain, Australia, and Germany. 


Broadcast Dialogue has unveiled its 2023 Canadian Radio Awards winners. By radio group, wins were led by Rogers Sports & Media which captured 12 awards, including Program Director of the Year honours for Christian Hall (Major Market) and Jacquie Beckett (Medium Market); Music Director of the Year wins for Katie Stanners (Large Market) and Wendy Boomer (Medium Market); and talent awards for SONiC Edmonton’s Lauren Hunter, CHYM 96.7 Kitchener’s Adele Newton, CHEZ Ottawa’s The Biggs & Barr Show, KiSS Radio’s The Roz & Mocha Show, and K-ROCK Kingston’s Brock & Dalby. Harvard Media won four awards, including Best On-Air Team (Major Market) for play107 Edmonton morning show team, Ryder and Lisa. Corus Radio also claimed four awards, including both the Major and Medium Market Engineering categories. Bell Media won four awards, including Major Market Station of the Year, which went to 94.5 Virgin Radio in Vancouver, and Best Podcast (Major Market) for The Jann Arden Podcast, while Pattison Media also recorded four wins. By program, The Pro Bono Group’s national Canadian Food Bank PSAs initiative claimed three awards, while the syndicated At The Crossroads from ATC Blues Radio picked up two wins. Head to CanadianRadioAwards.com to listen to this year’s winning audio.

Podcamp Toronto has handed out the sixth annual Canadian Podcast Awards. This year’s wins were led by Canadian History Ehx, which captured the People’s Choice Award and Outstanding News & Current Affairs Series; Sonar Network’s You Made Me Queer!, which won Outstanding Adult Series and Outstanding Main Title Theme Music for a Series; and story-driven, role-playing podcast No Quest for the Wicked, which picked up awards for Outstanding Fiction Series and Outstanding Production for a Series. Find the full list of winners here.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved Border Broadcasting’s application allowing 102.7 Lake FM (WLYK-FM) Cape Vincent, New York to become wholly owned by a Canadian company. The foreign ownership waiver is a first. Controlled by Andrew Dickson and Jon Pole (co-founders of My Broadcasting Corporation), Border plans to continue operating WLYK and serving the Cape Vincent and Watertown area, however the station largely targets the Kingston, ON market. Border has been operating WLYK under a local marketing agreement, stunt-launching last February as 102.7 The Pole, with a strip club classics format. 

Rogers Sports & Media has reinstated the JACK FM format on CJET-FM Smiths Falls, ON. The move follows the company’s return of its licence for CityNews 1310 (CIWW-AM) to the CRTC, and subsequent restoration of its Country format station to 101.1 on the dial, following a series of December 2020 moves that saw Country 92.3 debut on CJET-FM in place of the JACK FM brand to make way to simulcast news/talk on FM. 

Corus Entertainment’s Country 99 has debuted in Winnipeg as the company abandons the former Peggy @ 99-1 Adult Contemporary format. The talent lineup thus far includes CISN Country Edmonton afternoon drive announcer Ethan VanValls in morning drive, Corus Country network midday announcer Marissa “MJ” Lyons; and Country 105 (CKRY-FM) Calgary morning show host Gregg Reynolds in the afternoon time slot.

Huber Broadcasting’s Cat Country 98 Assiniboia, SK has flipped to 98 FM CKHD Hit Radio. Steven Huber says he decided to make the switch after substantial market research. The station is playing hits of the ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, from artists like Corey Hart, Eddie Money, Journey, Def Leppard, Colin James, and Big Sugar.

CBC Radio’s IDEAS and Toronto’s Crow’s Theatre are collaborating on a five-part talk series to be recorded between January and June, inspired by five plays in the theatre’s 40th anniversary season. Each event will feature a 45-minute talk followed by an onstage interview conducted by IDEAS host Nahlah Ayed, and take place on a Sunday morning prior to a matinee performance and recorded for later broadcast on IDEAS. The series will begin Jan. 7 with McGill University professor and literature scholar Sandeep Banerjee delivering a talk on love and art in times of war, inspired by Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 by Dave Malloy. Find more info on how to reserve a free ticket to a broadcast taping here

Bayshore Broadcasting’s 97.9 The Bruce in Saugeen Shores, ON hosted the 8th annual Light the Way Radiothon in support of the Saugeen Memorial Hospital Foundation. This year’s event proceeds of $231,558 will go to purchase cardiac monitors for in-patients and the renovation and expansion of the nurses station, which hasn’t been updated since the 1960s. Since its inception, the Light the Way Radiothon has now surpassed over a million dollars ($1,189,000 to be exact) in funds for the Hospital Foundation.

LISTEN: Andrew “Hustler” Paterson, the owner of Winnipeg Sports Talk, is on the latest Sound Off Podcast. Following Bell Media’s move to drop the TSN 1290 sports radio format in Winnipeg in February 2021, Paterson and his producer Michael Remis have aimed to fill the gap, putting out high-quality daily sports content. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:

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George Sumyie

George Sumyie, 84, on Dec. 9. Born in Vancouver, Sumyie’s broadcasting career started out of vocational school when he was hired by Stan Davis at Broadcast Technical Services, which offered construction support for radio station studios and transmitter sites, technical advice and maintenance of studio and transmitter properties. Contracted by stations in B.C. and the Prairies, Sumyie became well known as an expert in AM broadcast transmitter maintenance and repair. He was also part of a group, alongside Ed Prefontaine and Harvey Davidson, who successfully applied to the CRTC for a broadcast licence in Brandon, MB. CKLQ went on the air in 1977, with the station’s success leading to the purchase of the Big R Radio Network, headquartered in Salmon Arm, BC in the early 1980s. Sumyie worked with Broadcast Technical Services until 2000 when he retired due to heart issues.

Dr. Robert Fournier

Dr. Robert (Bob) Fournier, 84, on Dec. 10. Fournier contributed to CBC Nova Scotia’s Information Morning for four decades as a science columnist. The former Chair of Dalhousie University’s Department of Oceanography, he also served as the university’s Associate Vice-President (Research and International Relations) and Executive Director of the Dalhousie Ocean Studies Program. Passionate about outreach and communicating science to the public, Fournier had made an estimated 2,500 appearances on CBC radio and television since 1974. In 2018, he was awarded an honourary degree from Acadia University for his dedication to communicating science. Listen to CBC Nova Scotia’s tribute to Fournier here

Ken “The General” Grant

Ken “The General” Grant, 88, on Dec. 13. The voice of morning radio in Ottawa for decades, Grant first joined CFRA in 1961, going on to spend more than 30 years with the station. He earned the nickname “The General” shortly after joining the station when newscaster Campbell McDonald signed off a story about former Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant with “Now, here’s our own General, Ken Grant.” The slogan “I woke up with the General” was known throughout the Ottawa region, later serving as the inspiration for the title of Grant’s 2015 radio memoir “I Woke Up with The General, Too.” Grant’s charitable endeavours included helping Ottawa raise $1 million for the Jerry Lewis Telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, serving as an ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association of Ottawa and Renfrew County, and supporting events for members of the Canadian military. Following his run at CFRA, Grant signed on at Oldies 1310, before retiring from broadcasting in 2001. 

Jean-Paul Chartrand

Jean-Paul Chartrand, 92, on Dec. 23. Chartrand worked in Quebec sports media for more than 60 years as a host, journalist and columnist across newspapers, radio and television. He began his career in sports at the Journal de Montréal in 1964, joining CKAC In the early 1970s where he produced Montreal Expos games and began commentating, moving beyond baseball to boxing and hosting Montreal Canadiens broadcasts. He went on to TVA Network in 1979, then CJMS, CKVL, and Radio-Canada television where he hosted NFL games on Sunday afternoons. He joined RDS when the station opened in 1989, covering a multitude of sports from football to hunting and fishing shows with sidekick Jean Pagé. According to the network, he had been at the helm of more than 1,600 shows on RDS. Chartrand was inducted into the Panthéon des sports du Québec in November as a builder.

(l-r): CHUM/Q107 host Bob Segarini, CBC personality Elizabeth Gray, CFCF Montreal weatherman and broadcaster Don McGowan, and Rogers executive Phil Lind.

Broadcast Dialogue pays tribute to the Broadcasters We Lost in 2023. Revisit our Sign Offs columns from the past year here.


The Canadian Comedy Hall of Fame has announced its 2023 inductees including the cast of SCTV, Steve Smith (aka Red Green), Jim Carrey, Eugene Levy, Martin Short, and Billy Van of The Hilarious House of Frightenstein fame. Smith is the first inductee to be recognized in both the Performer and Creator categories.

CTV Original crime drama Sight Unseen is set to debut as part of a series premiere event following the NFL Divisional Playoffs, on Sunday, Jan. 21. An encore presentation airs Monday, Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, as the series moves to its regular time slot. Filmed in Vancouver, the series was created by sisters Karen Troubetzkoy (Killjoys, Orphan Black) and Nikolijne Troubetzkoy (Skymed, Transplant), and stars newcomer Dolly Lewis as homicide detective Tess Avery, alongside Agam Darshi (DMZ) as seeing eye-guide Sunny Patel.

Jasmeet Raina makes his return to the screen with the debut of Crave’s new eight-part original comedy series Late Bloomer, premiering Friday, Jan. 19. Created by and starring Raina, it follows burgeoning content creator Jasmeet Dutta (Raina) as he tries to balance his ambitions with his commitment to his family, community, and culture. Raina is joined onscreen by an ensemble cast including newcomers Baljinder Singh Atwal (Des Pardes) and Sandeep Bali as Jasmeet’s parents; alongside Ashley Ganger (Grand Army); Sugenja Sri (The Handmaid’s Tale); Sachin Mahashi and Ahamed Weinberg (Insecure).

Global celebrates the New Year with the addition of two new unscripted series joining the network’s previously announced Winter/Spring 2024 programming. Kicking things off is trivia conquest game show The Floor, hosted by Rob Lowe, which premiered Tuesday, Jan. 2, while Anthony Anderson and his mother, Doris Bowman, co-host all-new music-based competition series We Are Family on Global and STACKTV. Lowe takes The Floor as host and producer of the new quiz show, created by John de Mol’s Talpa (Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, The Voice), in which 81 contestants stand on 81 squares on a massive game show floor, competing for a $250,000 prize. We Are Family will showcase non-famous relatives of celebrities in solo performances and duets with their hidden famous family member. The new series join Global’s other January premieres, I Can See Your Voice and Raid The Cage.

Corus Entertainment specialty networks, Showcase and W Network, have announced new and returning series coming this winter, including the previously announced Ted from Seth MacFarlane; limited drama series Apples Never Fall, based on Liane Moriarty’s bestselling novel, starring Annette Bening and Sam Neill; drama series Unwanted; comedy series Gold Diggers; and romantic comedy Smothered. Returning shows include Dr. Death starring Edgar Ramírez and Mandy Moore, and a new season of Hallmark Channel drama The Way Home.  

Hollywood Suite has announced that the sixth season of their original documentary series A Year in Film has begun production. Premiering next spring, the next collection will look at some of the big screen highlights of 1968, 1972, 1981, 1996 and 2008. Alongside in-house experts Alicia Fletcher, Cameron Maitland and Emily Gagne, those featured include film critic Radheyan Simonpillai (CTV’s Your Morning and CBC Radio), journalist and Designing the Movies host Nathalie Atkinson, and TIFF Director of Programming Robyn Citizen discussing the significance of selected films and their impact on film history. 

The National Screen Institute (NSI) has issued a call for applications for a new program for refugees and newcomers living in Manitoba called NSI Intro for Production. The pilot training program is designed to provide entry-level knowledge and hands-on experience in film and TV production. Ten participants will learn about careers in film and TV production and make a short film, empowering them to share personal stories, discover career possibilities, foster industry connections and further develop their storytelling passion.  

The OYA Black Arts Coalition (OBAC) is actively seeking partners to increase job placement opportunities, following the relaunch of the Career Leap program. Career Leap provides work placement opportunities for Black film/TV crew to help satisfy union eligibility requirements and advance their careers. OBAC is calling on production companies across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton area to join the program.


Media Technology Monitor (MTM) has released Indigenous Peoples and Their Use of Media and Technology From Region to Region. Highlights of the report include the finding that subscription service usage varies across regions. While three in five Indigenous individuals have a paid TV subscription, such as cable, fiber optic, or satellite, the prevalence is higher in Atlantic Canada (79%), Quebec (71%), and the North (75%), and conversely, lower in British Columbia (53%). Four out of five Indigenous individuals own a connected TV set, with smart TVs being the primary means of internet connectivity. Linear TV remains the dominant form of viewing, reaching its peak in the North at nearly five hours above the average, however online video viewing has surged, constituting over half of all TV/video viewing, driven largely by the use of subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) services. Radio also achieves its highest levels in the region.

Narcity Media has soft launched a revamped Narcity website, taking the brand “back to our essence as a local publication devoted to forging a deeper bond between you and your city.” The revamp includes the introduction of “Milla,” the fintech brand and platform powering the new “logged-in” experience. New features include the ability to craft a digital persona and 3D avatar, earned points for reading and commenting, and ChatGPT-powered summaries of articles.



George Stroumboulopoulos & Susanne Craig

George Stroumboulopoulos, New York Times investigative journalist Susanne Craig, and pioneering filmmaker Peter Pearson, are among the new appointees to the Order of Canada. Pearson is among the Officers appointed to the Order for the Montreal-based filmmaker’s tireless advocacy of Canadian film and television. In addition to Stroumboulopoulos and Craig, new Members of the Order include former CBC Radio host and Literary Review of Canada editor Bronwyn Drainie, Globe and Mail health reporter and columnist André Picard, Canadian arts educator and journalist Sara Angel, editorial cartoonist Michael de Adder, and public opinion pollster Nik Nanos. Find the full list of inductees here.

Gary Slaight

Slaight Communications President & CEO Gary Slaight and CTV Consumer Alert reporter Patrick Foran are among the 2023 appointees to the Order of Ontario. Read more about this year’s inductees here.

Louis Audet

Cogeco Chairman Louis Audet is a 2024 inductee of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame (CBHF), honouring and celebrating business leaders for their vision and leadership, national and global economic impact, community engagement and philanthropy. Audet will be formally inducted at a ceremony at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on May 23.

The Canadian Journalism Foundation (CJF), in partnership with J-Schools Canada-Écoles-J Canada (JSC-ÉJC) and the Google News Initiative, has launched the $200,000 Next-Generation Journalists Bursary Program. The program, financed and supported by the Google News Initiative, provides JSC-ÉJC members, operating 19 post-secondary journalism programs across Canada, with funding for up to 100 bursaries. The one-year bursary program is aimed at helping reduce participatory barriers by providing financial support of up to $5,000 for journalism students looking to find meaningful employment upon graduation. The bursary is open to full- or part-time students in a journalism degree or diploma program offered by a JSC-ÉJC member. Applications will be available to member programs in early 2024.

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is launching a new pilot project that will help provide short-term financial support to its member journalists during times of crisis. The Emergency Support Fund for Canadian Journalists will provide eligible members of the CAJ with micro-grants to cover short-term expenses related either to threats caused by one’s work as a journalist or as a means to support wellness and other care-based needs. The emergency fund has been made possible with a donation from the Inspirit Foundation

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