The CRTC is short another commissioner after Candice Molnar’s term expired last Friday, leaving six vacancies on the commission. Responsible for Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Molnar was first appointed in 2008 after holding regulatory and customer service positions with SaskTel. She was reappointed in 2012. Only seven commissioners remain, with chairman Jean-Pierre Blais and interim vice-chair Judith LaRocque set to depart this spring unless their terms are renewed.
Brad Danks has been named CEO of Canada’s LGBTQ television network OUTtv. New majority owner Stern Partners of Vancouver also announced that James Shavick will remain chairman of the board as well as a shareholder of the business. The CRTC approved the changes in December.
Former Global TV chief political correspondent Tom Clark is now with Ottawa-based PR firm Global Public Affairs. Effective Monday, the veteran broadcaster assumed the role of chair, public affairs and communications. A news release says Clark will provide executive-level government relations and strategic communications counsel to Global’s clients leveraging his 45 years in journalism. Clark retired from Global News Jan. 1.
Hal Anderson will return to 680 CJOB Winnipeg as community ambassador and host of Hal Anderson Weekends from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m starting Feb. 4. In the meantime, he will fill-in for Shadoe Davis until the end of January. Anderson is a 25-year veteran of Power 97 and CJOB. He departed the Corus stations in May 2014 due to cost-cutting and worked weekends for a time on then-Fab 94.3 (CHIQ-FM) in 2015.
Dave Sheldon is no longer with suburban Vancouver’s 98.7 The Point (CKPM-FM), which serves Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam and Port Moody, BC. His last on-air shift was Dec. 16. Sheldon has previously done stints anchoring sports for Corus Vancouver on both CKNW NewsTalk 980 and Rock 101 (CFMI-FM).
Jesse Modz, afternoon drive host at 97.7 HTZ-FM (CHTZ-FM) St. Catharines, ON, will be leaving in February to join the cast of the CJAY 92 morning show in Calgary. Modz has previously hosted on 96.3 BIG FM (CFMK-FM) in Kingston, ON, 94 CIRX-FM Prince George, BC and Big Dog 103.5 (CILB-FM) in Lac La Biche, AB. Bell Media says the HTZ-FM afternoon drive role will be posted.
News anchor Rob MacDonald is retiring after nearly 41 years with CTV Saskatoon. MacDonald started out as a disc jockey at CHAB-AM in his hometown of Moose Jaw in 1973. In 1976, he made the move to Saskatoon taking a TV job as the late night news anchor for CFQC-TV. He was promoted to six o’clock news anchor in 1988, and has remained in the chair for 29 years. MacDonald’s last day on air is Jan. 20.
Ryan Fuss, chief revenue officer at VICE Media Canada, is headed to Waterloo-based startup Sortable. Fuss will assume the newly-created role of CRO. With more than 17 years of experience working with some of the biggest names in publishing (Cottage Life, HGTV, Food TV, Smithsonian, MuchMusic, City), Fuss will be responsible for all revenue-generating activities, including sales, marketing and partnerships. Before joining VICE, Ryan was SVP of media solutions at Blue Ant Media.