Award-winning journalist and programmer Susan Marjetti has been appointed to the role of executive director of radio and audio for the CBC. Marjetti has been with CBC in various roles over the past three decades, most recently serving as senior managing director of CBC Toronto and the Ontario Region over the last five years. She will begin the transition to her new role over the course of the summer.
"Susan's many contributions to CBC, and in particular to English Radio, cannot be overstated," said Heather Conway, executive vice-president, CBC English Services. "Over the past three decades, she has strengthened our service as an award-winning journalist, as a programmer and leader, and as a champion of diversity."
"This is a tremendous opportunity and I look forward to taking on the challenges that come with this new responsibility. I feel like my entire career has led me to this place," said Marjetti. "I see my role as one that honours and respects the tradition, craft, and success of radio, while helping to position the service for a rich future in a digital and diverse world."
She joined the CBC in 1988 working first in Halifax and from there went on to work at several other CBC locations including Winnipeg, Fredericton, and Sydney before returning to Toronto in 2001 as the program manager of local radio. For the past five years, Marjetti has been senior managing director of CBC Toronto and the Ontario Region, leading her team through the integration of radio, TV and digital as well as the launch of new digital services in Hamilton and radio and digital services in Kitchener-Waterloo.
As director of Toronto local radio, Marjetti ushered in changes aimed at better reflecting and connecting Canada's most multicultural city, and her vision has resulted in CBC Toronto's Metro Morning taking top spot in the market. Her work has also extended CBC's brand and reach on the international stage. Leaders from the BBC, ABC Australia, Chicago Public Media, and Radio Sweden have all visited CBC Toronto to better understand the station's success in the marketplace.
Throughout her career, Marjetti has earned a reputation as an innovative thinker and creative problem solver, having contributed to the strategic thinking of CBC's services and workplace. She was recently named one of the co-champions of the Rubin Report, responding to the report's recommendations and implementing necessary changes.
In addition to her many awards for journalism, her leadership has resulted in numerous accolades and honors including the inaugural Innoversity Outstanding leadership award in 2012, and the Black Business Professionals Association / National Harry Jerome Award for leadership in diversity in 2014. She is a graduate of Ryerson's Radio and Television Arts program where she received the Sedgwick Scholarship presented to the most outstanding graduate Class of 1983 and was inducted into the Ryerson RTA / School of Media 'Wall of Fame' last Fall.
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