CTV Winnipeg will no longer have a sportscast as part of their news coverage.
ChrisD.ca is told the station laid off two employees on Tuesday as part of the changes, including longtime sports anchor/reporter Kevin Olszewski. The fan favourite Oakbank native had been with CTV Winnipeg since 2005.
Winnipeg broadcaster Andrea Slobodian has wrapped up her career in journalism for a new opportunity with the newly-elected Progressive Conservative provincial government.
The veteran news anchor and reporter has accepted a position with Communications and Stakeholder Relations at the Manitoba Legislature. The department was previously known as Cabinet Communications under the former NDP government.
“I’ve had a great run as a broadcaster over the last 15 years and will be forever grateful to the managers and colleagues who gave me opportunities and Manitoba’s awesome viewers for watching,” Slobodian told ChrisD.ca.
Longtime CTV Winnipeg sports anchor/reporter Leah Hextall is heading south.
The Brandon, Manitoba native will join Boston-area NESN in a similar role later this month.
Hextall joined CTV in 2005, covering all aspects of professional and amateur sports in Manitoba, including stints on TSN’s “SportsCentre” in Toronto.
“Leah is a skilled studio host and reporter with the experience and sports knowledge that will make her a great addition to our growing team of on-air anchors and reporters,” said Joseph Maar, NESN’s vice-president of programming, in a release. “Not only is Leah an energetic personality on the air, but her well rounded sports knowledge will allow her to take on many different assignments here at NESN.”
Hextall begins her new role on November 19. Her last day at CTV is this Friday.
CTV Winnipeg has quickly begun the search for a crime reporter following the departure of Stacey Ashley.
Ashley announced her career change earlier this week on Twitter by saying, “After seven years reporting, I’m hanging up the microphone. Excited to start in my new role as communications officer for @PembinaTrails.”
The job posting, which went up on Friday, is for a general assignment reporter with a focus on police, judicial and crime issues. Ashley was named CTV’s CrimeWatch reporter in June 2010.
She now takes over for outgoing Pembina Trails communications officer Dale Burgos, who assumed a similar role with the Winnipeg School Division in mid-August.