The Weekly Briefing

REVOLVING DOOR:

Arif Noorani

Arif Noorani, Executive Producer of CBC Podcasts, has been promoted to the newly-created position of Director of the podcast division. In the role, he’ll drive the success of CBC Podcasts, leading content strategy and development, and identifying new opportunities in the space. Noorani has been with CBC for more than 21 years, starting as a producer on CBC Radio shows like This Morning with Shelagh Rogers and The Current. He rose to Executive Producer of Radio Network Talk in 2007, before moving over to the podcast division prior to its launch in late 2014. Since then, he’s acted as the editorial lead on a slate of over 40 original shows, including Someone Knows Something; Uncover; The Village; Love Me; Other People’s Problems; and Personal Best. Read more here.

Leaticia Kaggwa

Leaticia Kaggwa has been appointed CBC’s Environmental Sustainability Lead. In the newly-created position, she’ll collaborate with in-house and independent producers to adopt greener production practices and roll out use of the “Albert” Carbon Calculator, an online tool developed by BAFTA that works out how much a TV production affects the environment. Kaggwa is currently an Environmental Committee Member advising the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television and a Climate and Sustainable Production Instructor at Ontario Creates.

Linda Gillespie

Linda Gillespie steps into the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Cogeco, effective April 4. She’ll be based at the company’s head office in Montréal. Until recently, Gillespie was SVP, Human Resources and Communications at Weston Foods for over seven years. Prior to that, she worked as Human Resources Lead at Dupont and at Nortel in various marketing and corporate functions.

Alexandra Pinto

Alexandra Pinto is the new anchor of CTV News at Six in Kitchener. She’ll lead the flagship newscast beginning Monday, Jan. 31. Pinto previously helmed CTV News at 11:30, and more recently anchored the local edition of CTV News at Five. Pinto began her career in news a decade ago at Global Toronto, before joining CTV Kitchener as a videographer in 2014.

Danica Ferris & Tom Roulston

Danica Ferris is now the full-time producer/anchor for the Global Lethbridge edition of Global News at 11 p.m. Ferris joined the bureau as a videographer in April 2019 after graduating from the Broadcast News program at SAIT. Tom Roulston will remain at the anchor desk for Global News at 5 & 6 p.m., while also taking on more involvement in the daily producing of newscasts and editorial direction. Now in his second tour with Global Lethbridge, Roulston rejoined the team in June 2017 after a three-year stint in radio. 

Mike LeCouteur

Mike Le Couteur is joining CTV News Channel as Senior Political Correspondent after 21 years with Global News. His first day with CTV will be Feb. 8. Le Couteur has been a Parliamentary Correspondent for Global National for the last decade. Prior to that, he spent more than 10 years as an anchor and reporter at Global Montreal.

Siobhan Morris

Siobhan Morris is leaving CTV Barrie for CTV Toronto. Morris has been a videojournalist and producer in Barrie since May 2020 when she departed Newstalk 1010 (CFRB-AM) Toronto where she’d been an anchor and reporter for nearly eight years.

Sheila North

Sheila North is the new host of CBC Winnipeg News Late Night. North rejoined the public broadcaster last year after a seven-year absence from journalism, during which she served as the first woman to ever be elected Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, representing 30 First Nations in northern Manitoba. A member of Bunibonibee Cree Nation (Oxford House), North was previously a reporter with CBC from 2005-12 and worked briefly with CTV Winnipeg.

Pam Berman

Pam Berman is retiring from CBC Nova Scotia after 38 years as a reporter with the public broadcaster. For much of that time, Berman has been focused on coverage of municipal politics. Her last official day is April 30.

Valerie Gamache

Valerie Gamache is Radio-Canada’s new parliamentary correspondent in Ottawa. For the last year and a half, Gamache has been covering the Quebec National Assembly and prior to that was a reporter for RDI in Vancouver. Before joining CBC in 2017, she was with Groupe TVA for 16 years.

Phil Aubrey

Phil Aubrey has announced his departure from Power 97 (CJKR-FM) Winnipeg. The station began recruiting for a new morning show at the end of December. It’s anticipated Aubrey may join former Power Mornings host Shalinda Kirby at 92 CITI FM. Kirby crossed the street to 92 CITI in November and while currently being heard in afternoons, has indicated she’ll be joining a revamped morning show on the station.

Vicki Shae joins Joe Aiello on Power Mornings, starting Jan. 31. Shae was formerly one-half of the morning show at 94.3 The Drive (CHIQ-FM), alongside Tom McGouran, up until October’s station rebrand to NOW! Radio. She’s previously co-hosted Power Mornings with TJ Connors. Power 97 Program Manager David Drake tells Broadcast Dialogue the station is continuing to look for a “permanent” morning show.

Taylor Jukes

Taylor Jukes has been promoted to the CHR Brand Coordination team at iHeartMedia. Currently Program Director at Y100 (WHYI-FM) Miami, prior to heading stateside in April 2019, Jukes did a stint as Senior Manager of National Content for iHeartRadio Canada. She’s also held programming roles with 99.9 Virgin Radio (CKFM-FM) Toronto, and the former LG 104.3 (CHLG-FM) and Shore 104 (CHHR-FM) in Vancouver. 

Brent Loucks

Brent Loucks is stepping away from mornings at 650 CKOM Saskatoon after four decades. Loucks final morning show broadcast will air on Feb. 4. He’ll continue to do weekend shows and guest host. After attending broadcasting school in Minneapolis, Loucks radio career started at CFRY Portage La Prairie, MB in 1973. He went on to join CJME Regina in the early ‘80s and later CKOM. Mark Loshack (aka Shack) of ‘Shack, Sheri & Woody’ – the morning show on Rawlco sister station Rock 102 (CJDJ-FM), will step into the morning host chair on CKOM.

Vish Khanna

Vish Khanna has been named the CKUA Radio Network’s new Content Director. With the Edmonton community station’s 100th anniversary approaching in 2027, part of Khanna’s focus will be on improving the listener experience, recruiting, and developing new hosts, and introducing new programming that will engage current and future audiences and donors. Khanna been CKUA’s Marketing & Communications Manager for the last two years. He’s previously held positions at CFRU 93.3 FM Guelph, CBC Radio 3, and CBC Music, and remains an on-air columnist for CBC Radio One program, The Next Chapter with Shelagh Rogers. He also hosts interview podcast Kreative Kontrol and is an Assistant Editor at Exclaim! Magazine. 

Steven Loung

Steven Loung has left Sportsnet after eight years to join The Canadian Press as a sports reporter/editor. Starting as an intern in 2013, Loung worked his way up to staff writer and NBA Editor.

Linda Bicho Vachon

Linda Bicho Vachon has joined BNN Bloomberg as a freelance chase producer. Vachon previously held a similar role with CTV News Channel up until December.

Raechel Huizinga

Raechel Huizinga has joined CBC Moncton as a reporter. The 2020 Queen’s University grad was previously a New Brunswick-based reporter for allNovaScotia.com for the last 10 months and prior to that Editor-in-Chief of The Queen’s Journal. 

Tracy Gilliam & Todd Storch

Futuri has created two new leadership roles designed to support growth and expansion initiatives. Tracy Gilliam has been named Chief Strategy Officer and will focus on M&A and strategic growth. Gilliam is one of the founding members of Futuri, which acquired the sales intelligence system she launched, TopLine Matters, in 2015. Prior to Futuri, she spent more than a decade in media leadership roles, including GSM for CBS Radio in Los Angeles and VP/Market Manager for the company now known as iHeartMedia. Todd Storch has been named Chief Revenue Officer. Storch previously held CEO roles at Kindrid and Five Star Global, and served as SVP, Strategic Initiatives at Ministry Brands.

Katrina Hitz-Tough

Katrina Hitz-Tough has been appointed to the newly-created position of SVP, Franchise Strategy & Marketing at 9 Story Media Group. Hitz-Tough will lead 9 Story’s recently established Franchise Management division to drive growth for select IP in 9 Story’s expanding portfolio of kids’ properties, including Karma’s World (Netflix), the up-and-coming Ladybird Lu (HBO Max) and toy-based property Colorforms. Prior to joining 9 Story, Hitz-Tough spent three years at Sony Pictures Entertainment establishing the Sony Pictures franchise group and building film-based brands like Ghostbusters, Spiderman, and Men in Black. Prior to that, she spent nine years working for The Walt Disney Company, where she established the LEGO-Disney partnership, among other consumer product brand strategies.

RADIO & PODCAST:

Media Technology Monitor (MTM) has released its latest Radio report indicating nearly four in five English speakers still listen to AM/FM radio through a traditional radio receiver, a number slightly higher with Francophones. MTM says while AM/FM content is widely available online, the vast majority of users are listening via traditional receivers. The car is the most common place to listen, followed by at home and at work. AM/FM radio receiver listenership is highest among those aged 50-64. Other groups, such as Francophones and those with higher education are also more likely to listen on a receiver. Highlights from the Podcasting report include that over one-third of English-speaking Canadians listen to podcasts, with listening increasing by 93% since 2017. More than one in five Francophones reported listening to a podcast in the last month. Smartphones are the most commonly used device for podcasts. Spotify has grown as a podcast provider and is now the most popular source of podcasts for French speakers. 

The CRTC has approved Gulf Islands Community Radio Society’s application to operate an English-language community station and rebroadcasting transmitter on Salt Spring Island, BC. It will operate at 107.9 MHz with a maximum ERP of 850 watts. Serving the Southern Gulf Islands, including Salt Spring and large portions of Galiano Island, Pender Island, Mayne Island and Saturna Island, the station plans to broadcast 126 hours of programming each week, of which a minimum of 105 hours would be devoted to local programming. The remainder would consist of wrap-around programming from the National Campus and Community Radio Association (NCRA). It also plans to devote two hours per broadcast week to local artists. 

The CRTC will hear an application from Amherstburg Broadcasting Corporation for a broadcasting licence to operate a low-power English-language commercial FM radio station in Amherstburg, ON near Windsor. The station would operate at 107.9 MHz (channel 300LP) with an effective radiated power of 50 watts. The applicant is proposing more than 123 hours of local programming each week featuring a mix of news, talk and soft adult contemporary music.

CBC’s great Canadian book debate, Canada Reads, returns for its 21st edition, March 28-31. Hosted by Ali Hassan, a panel of celebrity advocates will champion Canadian books that speak to the theme, “One Book to Connect Us.” Canada Reads debates will be broadcast each day at 11 a.m. ET on CBC Radio One and CBC Listen and 1 p.m. ET on CBC TV and CBC Gem. Each day of the competition, one book will be eliminated by the panellists until a winner is declared. The five books to be debated are: Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, to be championed by Olympian and LGBTQ2+ advocate, Mark Tewksbury; What Strange Paradise by Omar El Akkad, to be championed by entrepreneur and former Syrian refugee, Tareq Hadhad; Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, to be championed by Ojibway journalist and Vogue fashion writer, Christian Allaire; Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, to be championed by actor and activist, Malia Baker; and Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller, to be championed by forest ecologist, Suzanne Simard

Don Oliver

Senator Don Oliver (retired) will host Black History Month programming on 99.3 County FM (CJPE-FM) Prince Edward County. Oliver will host a segment on The County Grapevine, Jan 31-Feb. 28. Appointed to the Senate in 1990, Oliver’s life has included stints from newspaper reporter to Cordon Bleu chef to trumpet player, however he decided to become a lawyer to help break down barriers of discrimination. His guests will include poet and playwright George Elliott Clarke; Tiffany Callender, co-founder and CEO of  the Federation of African Canadian Economics (FACE); The Honourable Mayann Francis who served as the 31st Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia; and Greg Fergus, MP for Hull-Aylmer and Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister. Community & Campus not-for-profit radio stations can contact the station for broadcast quality copies or visit the NCRA Community Radio Exchange.

iHeartMedia and digital parenting brand, Fatherly, have collaborated on new iHeartRadio Original podcast Finding Raffi. The documentary-style podcast explores the history of Canadian children’s musician and environmental activist Raffi Cavoukian, tracing his life from aspiring folk singer to international kids’ superstar to outspoken climate activist. Hosted by comedian, writer, and podcaster Chris Garcia, new episodes drop every Tuesday. 

 

LISTEN: Chris St. Clair, who recently retired from The Weather Network after 26 years, joins Matt Cundill on the Sound Off Podcast. St. Clair started at the network back in 1994 after working in radio, in later years as the program director at 990 Hits in Montreal. In this episode, he talks about getting his start in radio while still in high school, what he learned as a program director and how it became valuable as a presenter, his forthcoming book and a discussion about climate change. Listen on your favourite podcast app or here:

SIGN OFFS:

Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson, 77, on Jan. 25. On a suggestion from his high school English teacher, Anderson attended Radio & TV Arts at Ryerson, which opened the door for a summer job at CHUM Radio in Toronto and later his first full-time on-air opportunity at CKBB Barrie. The year was 1965. He would go on to on-air stints at CJCB Sydney, NS; CHML Hamilton; CFOX Montreal where he used the pseudonym “Rick Shaw”; and Toronto stations Country 59 (CKYC-AM), CFRB, CKFM, CJEZ, and finally The New Classical FM (CFMX-FM, CFMZ-FM) where he hosted long-running midday show “Bill’s Classical Jukebox.” In the early 1970s, Anderson also hosted syndicated program “Big Country” which aired on more than 100 stations. He celebrated 50 years of broadcasting in 2015. In 2018, he moved production of “Bill’s Classical Jukebox” from Toronto to a new studio in Collingwood, ON. Contemplating retiring to Collingwood permanently, at the time, ZoomerMedia said it was an easy decision to build him a studio to keep him on the air. He retired from The New Classical FM last October. Among other accolades, Anderson was named Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Broadcaster of the Year six times. He was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1998 as a Builder and one of the CCMA’s early directors.

Fraser Loyal Kelly, 87, on Jan. 19, following a long illness. Born and raised in Toronto, Kelly started his journalism career as a police reporter on the overnight desk in Oshawa. He joined the Toronto Telegram in the early 1960s, working his way up from reporter to columnist and then politics editor. When the paper closed in 1971, he moved into television as a host on CFTO Toronto, helming political shows Fraser Kelly Reports and Hourlong. By 1981, he had joined CBC Toronto, co-hosting the evening newscast, Newshour, and public affairs show, Fraser’s Edge. He also contributed a column to the Toronto Star, among other magazine writing and authoring three books on politics. Fraser departed the CBC in 1986, at age 50, to co-found communications and crisis management firm, Corpworld Group. He consulted well into his 80s. Kelly also served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario.

TV & FILM:

Canada Post has unveiled a special stamp to honour acclaimed Canadian jazz singer Eleanor Collins, the first female jazz artist in Canada to host a national television series. The Edmonton-born artist began performing in concert venues and on radio in the 1940s, featured on CBC Radio with the gospel group Swing Low Quartet and, later, with Ray Norris in the jazz series Serenade in Rhythm. In the early 1950s, Collins appeared with other musicians like Chris Gage, Phil Nimmons, Lance Harrison, Doug Parker, Fraser MacPherson, Don Thompson and Dave Robbins, earning her the informal title of Canada’s first lady of jazz. In 1955, she hosted her first television series, The Eleanor Show, later hosting follow-up series Eleanor, in 1964. Collins appeared on numerous other TV and radio shows through the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s, and made her last concert appearance in Vancouver when she was in her mid-90s. Now at 102 years old, she has received several lifetime achievement awards and in 2014 became a Member of the Order of Canada.

BANFF World Media Festival’s Rockie Awards close to entries on Feb. 4. In addition to awards categories for Scripted, Kids, and Unscripted/Doc projects, you can now enter Podcasts, Music Videos or Video Games to be screened by 150+ international industry buyers & potential partners. New Rockie Awards categories include: Podcast: Non-Fiction; Podcast: Fiction; Music Videos (videos produced in association with a music label to accompany the promotion of a commercially-released song); and Video Games (accepted under Interactive with first public exhibition on one or more digital platforms: digital extensions of established broadcast or cinematic programs, including web content, games, mobile applications or bonus content).

Boat Rocker has confirmed its scripted drama series, American Rust, has not been renewed by Showtime for a second season. Boat Rocker CEO John Young says the prodco is “actively searching for a new home for it. This is a premium piece of content, based on an acclaimed novel, that was hitting its stride with viewers. We are working to find a way to continue to tell this story.” Boat Rocker says the company’s overall slate continues to gain traction with the recent renewal of Invasion for Apple TV+, the pick-up of a feature documentary by HBO Sports about the Bishop Sycamore football scandal, and pre-production on new sci-fi series Beacon 23, starring Lena Headey. Young anticipates announcing new greenlights later in Q1 across scripted, unscripted, and Kids & Family. 

Crave Original docucomedy Pillow Talk, a fly-on-the-wall look at the daily dilemmas faced by couples, families, and friends in the confines of their home, debuts Feb. 10. Produced in association with KOTV Productions, all 10 episodes will drop simultaneously on Crave. An adaptation of Noovo’s popular French-language series Entre Deux Draps, Pillow Talk takes place entirely in bedrooms, featuring four real-life couples and one set of roommates, playing fictionalized versions of themselves. The cast includes Nicola Correia-Damude (Shadowhunters) and Carlos Gonzalez-Vio (The Expanse, Orphan Black) as a married couple enduring their precocious child; Adam DiMarco (The Order) and Sydney Scotia (Limited Edition) as a young couple who recently moved in together; Andrew Wheeler (Supernatural) and Sharon Crandall (The Kid Detective) as a newly dating couple with an age gap; and couple Paolo Santalucia (Kim’s Convenience) and Gregory Prest (Angels in America) as a couple navigating career challenges. Additional cast members Chris Robinson (Workin’ Moms) and Kwasi Thomas (Snowpiercer) portray new roommates.

MADE-in-Canada docu-series, Underground Railroad: The Secret History and Last of the Giants, debut on Discovery in February. Underground Railroad: The Secret History (Feb. 8) is narrated by actor-director Clark Johnson (The Wire, Your Honor, Percy). The four-part mini-series uses archaeology, cutting edge technology, and generations of insight to unlock some of the biggest mysteries surrounding the secret network that helped enslaved people escape to freedom. The eight-episode Last of the Giants (Feb. 14) follows acclaimed adventurer Cyril Chauquet (Chasing Monsters) and his crew on an action-packed mission from the Rocky Mountains of Northern B.C. to the Amazon jungle on a mission to save the last of the planet’s legendary goliath fish. 

Uprooted: The Plantemic launches Friday, Jan. 28 on CBC Gem. The five-episode animated series is the brainchild of filmmaker Betty Xie that follows the daily challenges and triumphs of five houseplants confined with their human at home during the pandemic lockdown. The original series boasts an all-star cast who lend their voices to bring each of the plant characters to life, including Andrea Bang (Kim’s Convenience), Rosalina Lee (Netflix’s Seoul Searching), Franco Nguyen (TallBoyz), and Eric Bauza (The Ren and Stimpy Show, Bugs Bunny). 

BNN Bloomberg has launched Taking Stock with Amanda Lang, a new weekly series spotlighting the most significant stories affecting the world of business and the economy. Airing Fridays at 6 p.m. ET on BNN Bloomberg, followed by encore broadcasts at 9 p.m. ET Fridays on CP24 and Saturdays on CTV News Channel at 2:30 p.m. ET, the 30-minute program provides a roundup of the trending stories from around the world of business, while breaking down key takeaways of the most important stories that week. 

TSN’s coverage of the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts kicks off Friday, Jan. 28 and culminates with the final Sunday, Feb. 6. Eighteen teams compete for the Scotties title and the opportunity to represent Canada in the upcoming World Women’s Curling Championship, March 19-27. Play-by-play announcer Vic Rauter delivers the call from Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay, ON, alongside analysts Cheryl Bernard, Cathy Gauthier, and Russ Howard. Hour-long special Curling Day in Canada airs Saturday, Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. ET on TSN, immediately following the first page playoff at the Scotties. The complete curling broadcast schedule is available here, with French-language coverage available on RDS

Ukraine24 has been approved by the CRTC for distribution in Canada. Canadian sponsor VMedia describes Ukraine24 as a third-language news and information service that covers Ukrainian news through impartial large-scale interviews and analytics, supplemented by global news, music and sport highlights. It broadcasts 100% of its programming in Ukrainian.

 

 

ONLINE & DIGITAL MEDIA:

​​Moses Znaimer’s ZoomerMedia has announced it’s acquired Freshdaily Inc., owner and publisher of Toronto digital news and culture site, blogTO. “Thus far we have been edging our analog radio, TV, and magazine products and audiences into the digital domain,” said Znaimer, Founder and CEO of ZoomerMedia, in a company announcement. “In aggregate our digital properties today deliver over 50 million page views a year. This acquisition will add 350 million+ such views (and growing rapidly) and is also intended to kickstart a suite of new, mobile-friendly, digital offerings that we will soon announce.” Founded in 2004 by Tim Shore, blogTO purports to reach 6 million users a month and boasts 2.5 million follows across key social media platforms. ZoomerMedia says revenue and cost synergies are expected from audience integration and cross-selling of multi-platform offerings across online, radio, TV, print, as well as shows and conferences. Read more here.  

The Black Canadian Creator Directory is a comprehensive list of more than 400 Black Canadian bloggers, vloggers, social media influencers and podcasters that aims to not only showcase the sheer amount of Black talent north of the border, but also dispel the myth that Black Canadian creators are hard to find. Founded by Casey Palmer, creator of Casey Palmer, Canadian Dad; Sherley Joseph, founder of The Chonilla Network and the Black Canadian Creators Facebook group, and Kaya Marriott, creator of Comfy Girl with Curls, the directory is searchable by niche, name and city for anyone to find local Black creators. It’s jointly hosted by Palmer, Joseph and Marriott on their respective sites.

REGULATORY, TELECOM & MEDIA:

CRTCThe CRTC’s Chief Compliance and Enforcement Officer has issued penalties totalling $300,000 to four Canadians for their involvement in the Dark Web marketplace Canadian HeadQuarters (CanadianHQ). The marketplace was taken offline following the execution of warrants by CRTC staff in the Greater Montreal area. Before shutting down, the CRTC says CanadianHQ was one of the largest Dark Web marketplaces in the world, specializing in the sale of spamming services, phishing kits, stolen credentials and access to compromised computers. The CRTC’s investigation focused on four individuals who allegedly sent emails mimicking well-known brands in order to obtain personal data including credit card numbers, banking credentials and other sensitive information. Fined for sending commercial electronic messages without consent in violation of Canada’s anti-spam legislation (CASL) are: Chris Dracos (a.k.a. Poseidon) – $150,000; Marc Younes (a.k.a CASHOUT00 and Masteratm) – $50,000; Souial Amarak (a.k.a Wealtyman and Supreme) – $50,000; and Moustapha Sabir (a.k.a La3sa) – $50,000. As part of the investigation, the CRTC says a number of other vendors have been identified.

The Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) is reminding the public that it does not make decisions based on the number of complaints received and does not deal with concerns about web content after being flooded with complaints about online articles on the Canadian Trucking Alliance posted by CTV and CBC. It’s also had to emphasize that CBC is not a CBSC broadcaster associate and subject to a separate complaint process. The CBSC received a large number of similar complaints concerning Julie Snyder’s interview with children on Jan. 18 asking how unvaccinated people should be punished during La semaine des 4 Julie on Noovo. CBSC says the large number of complaints exceeded its technical processing capacity. “Accordingly, while the CBSC will be dealing with this broadcast under its normal process, it is not able to accept any further complaints about this particular issue. Other concerns about La semaine des 4 Julie broadcasts or Noovo will still be accepted.” A change.org petition calling for the cancellation of the show has received more than 65,000 signatures.

RTDNA Canada is establishing its own Hall of Fame to recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the fields of video, digital and audio journalism. The association says inductees will include “the giants of our industry, the leaders who shape the future, the innovators who enhanced news gathering, and the people who maintain the highest standards of our craft.” The first inductees are the 13 individuals previously honoured with RTDNA Canada Awards in their name, including Bert Cannings, Adrienne Clarkson, Charlie Edwards, Peter Gzowski, Hugh Haugland, Ron Laidlaw, Byron MacGregor, Dan McArthur, Trina McQueen, Dave Rogers, Sam Ross, Gord Sinclair, and Dick Smyth. Each year, the RTDNA Canada Board will review nominations and select an inductee. RTDNA Canada is accepting nominations for the 2022 Hall of Fame now. The closing date for nominations is March 11.

The 2021 Michener Awards are now open to submissions until Feb. 18. The Michener Awards celebrate and promote excellence in Canadian public service journalism. The Michener Awards Foundation offers two fellowships, one in support of investigative reporting and one dedicated to the enrichment of journalism education. Each fellowship is for $40,000 and up to $5,000 in expenses. Established in 1970 by the late Right Honourable Roland Michener, Governor General of Canada from 1967 to 1974, the awards are administered in partnership with the Rideau Hall Foundation. Winners will be announced in June.

BROADCAST TECH & ENGINEERING:

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