Motts, Coren Among Departures At CFRB/Toronto
August 31, 2009 at 7:48 AM (PT)
ASTRAL MEDIA has made changes at heritage Talk station CFRB-A/TORONTO with the exit of longtime midday team (and married couple) PAUL and CAROL MOTT and nationally-known host and political commentator MICHAEL COREN among others. A total of 12 staffers are exiting the station, with anchor KRIS MCCUSKER and host JACQUI DELANEY included among the departed. Sister Talk CJAD-A/MONTREAL recently made similar cuts, and CJAD's PD MIKE BENDIXEN is returning to CFRB as interim PD, replacing OM STEVE KOWCH, who has been offered another post within ASTRAL.
In a statement on the station's website, listeners were told that "change rarely happens without challenges or some difficulties. This change is particularly difficult for many of you and for all of us here at CFRB, because we part company with and say good bye to some long-time and trusted friends and colleagues.
"CAROL MOTT, PAUL MOTT, MICHAEL COREN, and JACQUI DELANEY are among them. We are grateful for the contributions they've made to CFRB. We know this is a tough time for them and are doing our best to help them deal with this transition.
"NEWSTALK 1010 has always been and remains committed to excellence in broadcasting. CFRB has been a media mainstay in TORONTO for more than 80 years, a respected News leader and has been long been home to colourful characters and commentators, from GORDON SINCLAIR and PIERRE BERTON to BILL CARROLL and JOHN MOORE.
"Stay tuned. We will be announcing our new programming lineup in the weeks to come."