Media MovesLesley Primeau has her say after her dismissal from CHED radio in Edmonton, Dave Rutherford lands on his feet at Rogers’ 660 News after being ousted by Corus’s 770 News in Calgary and Carrie Doll, CTV Edmonton’s news anchor, announces her resignation effective March 2014.

CFRN-TV’s Carrie Doll Departing for Places Yet Unknown

Carrie Doll CTVAfter 12 years with Daryl McIntyre as the CFRN-TV (CTV Edmonton) signature news anchor team, Carrie Doll is leaving March 28th, 2014, to spend more time with her young family. After graduating from the University of Calgary with a Communications degree and SAIT’s Broadcasting program, Carrie was a News anchor in Yorkton and Lethbridge before arriving at CFRN in 1997. After spending a year at CFCN in Calgary, she landed her current position in 2001.

She isn’t retiring, but cutting back her hours of work doing independent corporate communications consulting, and helping her husband with his own business. You can watch her explain it here:

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Lesley Primeau Explains Her CHED Departure in Her New Blog

Lesley PrimeauIt was a cold and dreary day….actually it wasn’t; it was a beautiful July morning. Dismissals in radio as with most companies come with a standard adios amigo and it goes something like this: ‘we have decided to take the station in a different direction and you don’t fit in with our plans” or some variation.

As much as I would love to have finished my broadcasting career with CHED it was not to be. CORUS has taken our four stations and decided to go one way and I was left waiting for the bus to go another way.

I could bitch and moan about the whole business, after all it’s kind of weird that 20 years in, you find yourself headed in another direction, but folks, this is business and the great business minds of my company thought they could do better without me and maybe they will. In my many years of radio I have seen people come and go, some dumped, some resign, some just fade away.

It’s still all business and CORUS has a business to run. Clearly I was no longer an asset to them. Wondering whether I did this or they did that, changes nothing, they wanted a clean slate and that meant I was gone.

I think they are in for a long haul. Radio is an interesting field of endeavour and talk radio even more so. The audience begins to depend on you, trust you, look for you in times of trouble and frankly they want to laugh with you when they are down.

Radio stars, like me (and I may be the last for a while) become part of the family and it takes years to build that trust. CORUS and CHED will have a long road ahead but frankly, because I spent the BEST years of my career (thus far) with them, I can only wish them the very best.

Truthfully I bleed the CHED colours; it took me years to get through those hallowed doors. I would have done anything to be a part of the CHED team and when I did get in, I did everything I could to prove my worth, just as every great broadcaster does!

Many of the team still there, started while I was there; how could I not wish them well or wish them all the sincere joy I found while being on the air? The absolute best in radio have at sometime walked through those doors. Some are still there. So to those who continue to be part of CHED I wish you great success.

As for me, in the immortal words of Auntie Mame when a door closes a window opens. New challenges await and frankly one can either choose to embrace or just get snarly…

from: A Different Direction, October 4, 2013 at

Dave Rutherford Lands on His Feet at 660 News in Calgary

Dave RutherfordFormer Corus CHQR / Newstalk 770 host Dave Rutherford joined Rogers News CFFR (660 news) as a commentator, as of Monday, October 7. Rutherford, whose show was cancelled by Corus in June after he criticized the station’s coverage of the flooding in Alberta, will be heard at 7:09am, 12:09pm, and 4:09pm on his new station. Prior to being taken off the air, Rutherford had announced that he would be leaving NewsTalk 770. His last show was to be July 26. He was replaced by the Kingkade and Kelly Show, featuring Roger Kingkade and Erin Kelly which debuted on August 19.

Canada’s First Husband and Wife TV News Co-Anchors in CBC TV Calgary

husband wife co-anchorsOn Monday, September 23, Rose Marchitelli and Rob Brown made Canadian broadcast history as the first husband and wife team to co-anchor a tv news broadcast.  Two months before their debut, they were interviewed by Sarah for the National Post.Here’s excerpts from the interview…

“They met in a newsroom, fell in love and started a family. Now, 10 years of marriage and three boys later, broadcast journalists Rob Brown and Rosa Marchitelli are about to leave their jobs at competing news outlets to become perhaps the first married couple working as co-anchors on Canadian TV.

Mr. Brown, an anchor and senior reporter at CTV BC, and Ms. Marchitelli, an anchor at CBC News Vancouver, will move to her hometown of Calgary to anchor the 6 o’clock news this fall. But how will they fare together on live TV? The Post’s Sarah Boesveld caught up with them separately from Vancouver.

Q: So how did this come about?

Ms. Marchitelli: A liaison for the CBC contacted me back in mid-April and said, “We have this job opening in Calgary, and would you and/or your husband be interested?” I read it again and she said, “and/or” — does she mean both of us together? I brought it to Rob and said, “It’s kind of interesting, what do you think?” And he said, “Yeah, let’s talk about it.”

Q: It’s one thing to talk shop at home, but working together every day? Were you really game for this?

A: Honestly, it took some getting used to. And I don’t even know if we’re used to it yet. It’s one of those things you turn around in your head all the time — how is this going to work? What’s this going to be like sitting across from your husband all day?

Q: Are you competitive in your work lives?

A: We’ve honestly never been like that. People joke, like, “Oh, you work at competing stations,” but we always joke, “Oh, he’s no competition” or “she’s no competition.” We’ve kind of had parallel careers but it was never a direct competition thing.

Q: Now that people know you’re a married couple on TV, do you think they will be looking for those knowing looks, the “I can’t believe you said that” eye rolls?

A: We’ll have code words! I’m kidding. I think the novelty will be there at the beginning for sure. People will look and they’ll look for that stuff and wonder. But after a little while, it’s going to be just the show and the journalism and the content that’s going to be important.

Q: So the novelty of viewers thinking “they totally want to make out right now” will wear off?

A: Did I mention we’ve been married for 10 years?

… and now a word from Mr. Brown:

Q: We hear non-stop about the declining institution of marriage, and TV anchors are often looked to as role models. Will you be playing it up?

Mr. Brown: We’ve talked about how it might be perceived, not so much how we’ll play it up. Our plan is to go in and do as we’ve always done — represent the work of the newsroom. I don’t expect we’ll be talking about our grocery list on the air or the kids, no. It’s certainly novel, and people in the city will be aware of it, and we hope they can relate to us because of that.

The city of Calgary has the youngest median age in Canada — 36. It’s full of young couples and kids, and that’s who we are.

Q: What about seeing each other all the time? Rosa said it may be trying.

A: There’s no job in the planet that’s worth ruining your marriage over. We had a lot of very long, late night discussions after the boys were tucked in about what this could do to our relationship, how we could manage it to make sure that, in as much as possible whatever issues we have at home don’t spill over into work.

Q: What are you most looking forward to about working with her?

A: I love her editorial mind. Often at the end of my day and during the day, I touch base with her and run things past her and talk about issues. Rosa has a big brain.

Q: Any hesitance?

A: Rosa’s great at putting me in my place. I’ve … known more than once for her to step in and correct the record on my behalf, so I expect it will end up happening on the air.

Q: That will make good TV.

A: I’m looking forward to those moments, but dreading them at the same time.”

You can catch the two of them on CBC TV Calgary at 5, 5:30 and 6pm.

Mark Connolly, Portia Clark, Announced as Permanent Hosts on CBC Radio One in Edmonton

Mark Connolly CBC RadioMark Connolly and Portia Clark were announced on October 23 as the permanent hosts of CBC Radio One shows Edmonton AM and Radio Active, respectively.

I am delighted that Mark and Portia are the voice of our morning and afternoon shows,” said Judy Piercey, managing director of CBC Edmonton, in a news release. In them, we have two great hosts who will continue to champion the best in Edmonton.

Portia Clark CBC RadioBoth Connolly and Clark were the hosts of the local supper hour television news cast in Edmonton. Clark has been the interim host of Radio Active since December 2012. Connolly started hosting Edmonton AM in August following the departure of former host Rick Harp.

Former Radio Active host Peter Brown is now the producer of The Irrelevant Show, a national CBC Radio comedy show based in Edmonton