Nationally syndicated radio host and TV personality Charles Adler is shifting focus to return to an all-local format.
Adler has agreed to a new deal with 680 CJOB to host a three-hour, Winnipeg-based talk show beginning September 3.
“I missed Winnipeg desperately for the ten years that I was away and felt like I had won the lottery by being invited back,” Adler said. “I missed doing my local show for the last eight years and feel like I’ve now won a second lottery. Can’t wait to start focusing again on the community I call my home, Winnipeg, Manitoba.”
Global Winnipeg reporter and anchor Nicole Dubé is making the leap to Sun TV News.
Dubé will join the soon-to-launch Quebecor Media television network, but will remain in the city.
The Hamilton, Ontario native joined Global in 2007 and quickly became the anchor for the “Evening News” on weekends.
“I’m very very excited about this new opportunity,” Dubé said in an e-mail Sunday. “It’s very difficult for me to leave Global. There’s so many great people I’m going to miss seeing everyday.”
Her last day at Global will be this Friday.
As we told you last fall, the Sun TV studio is being constructed in the offices of the Winnipeg Sun on Church Avenue.
Sun TV is expected to debut this spring, and has already unveiled some of its on-air talent, including nationally-syndicated broadcaster Charles Adler. The network has promised to make another big programming announcement on Tuesday.
The soon-to-be-launched Sun TV News channel continues to line up staff for when it goes live early next year.
The Quebecor-owned venture is seeking ‘mobile journalists’ in three Canadian cities, including right here in Winnipeg.
In a posting on Thursday, Sun TV outlined requirements for the position, which include the ability to shoot, edit and present news content with a high degree of clarity and competence.
Other qualifications include a minimum five years of experience in a broadcast environment.
The news channel has already announced the addition of Winnipeg-based and nationally syndicated radio host Charles Adler to their team, along with former CBC reporter Krista Erickson.
As we exclusively reported in October, local preparations are underway at the Winnipeg Sun offices on Church Avenue to create a TV studio and encourage staff to use video more frequently in their stories.
On November 26, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission granted the news operation a standard specialty TV licence for five years.
With the launch of Sun TV News and the addition of Winnipeg-based national broadcaster Charles Adler, the Winnipeg Sun is revamping its newsroom to make way for the new TV studio.
In an internal e-mail to reporters and photographers — and obtained by ChrisD.ca — Editor-in-Chief Stephen Ripley outlines numerous plans for how staff will be working when the studio comes to fruition.
“With the imminent arrival of Sun TV news (and to meet our own increasing needs), we will be expected to shoot video at every opportunity,” Ripley said. “This means every story, every presser, every scrum, every face-to-face interview, every photo op. This doesn’t mean the footage will always be cut into a finished video … it just means we’ll have that option and we’ll be able to archive it for future use.”
Dubbed “Sun Media’s editorial transformation project,” the newsroom floorplan will also be redesigned, with the objective of pushing employees out of corners and cubicles.
The news gathering process will also be tweaked, making staff start earlier to identify stories for the following day’s paper and online. “For instance, if we like something in our morning meeting, we might tell a reporter that’s all he/she will be working on, perhaps adding sidebars, graphics, opinion, video and other online-only elements,” the e-mail goes on to say. “We’ll bring photographers into the loop earlier to get them working on a powerful front-page image to sell that day’s splash.”
“We will gladly sacrifice commodity news and back-of-the-section stories in order to have a decent splash each day … something to differentiate us from the competition.”
The Sun says they will continue to focus on areas they believe resonate with its readers, including “crime, wasting of tax dollars, the encroachment of the nanny state, promoting Winnipeg, sticking up for the little guy … and anything fun.”
A Sun insider tells us construction on the studio should begin within the next week or so.
Sun TV News is expected to launch early next year.
Nationally syndicated Corus radio personality Charles Adler is the latest broadcaster to join Sun TV News. Adler will have his own primetime television show when the channel launches next year.
Quebecor Media Inc. made the announcement Wednesday morning at Canwest Park alongside Mayor Sam Katz, who said he was there because Adler’s new position creates more jobs for the city. (Watch scrum with Katz)
Many had speculated that given the setting of where this news was revealed, Sun TV would be taking over the naming rights to the baseball park. That wasn’t the case.
Adler will join the ranks of such journalists as former CTV National News correspondent David Akin and Tobias Fisher.
Adler’s national afternoon radio show on the Corus Radio Network will continue and he will remain in Winnipeg. The new show will operate out of the Winnipeg Sun offices on Church Avenue, with a permanent studio location to be named at a later date.
Prior to the announcement, Adler played down the rumours that he would be joining Sun TV. On his Twitter page, he wrote, “I’m a radio guy and anything you read indicating otherwise is false. 100% committed to CJOB and Corus Radio Network.”
Former Quebecor vice president Kory Teneycke was slated to attend the presser himself, but abruptly resigned from the company earlier this morning. Luc Lavoie has taken over his duties.
Sun TV News still needs approval from the CRTC, but says it will go ahead with its launch whether the federal broadcast regulator gives it preferred status or not.