TORONTO, June 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Rogers Media announced today the appointment of John Hinnen to
Vice-President of News for Rogers Media Television and Radio, effective
immediately. In this newly created position, Hinnen assumes expanded
duties to oversee the direction for all Rogers Media television and
radio news brands nationally.
Previously, Hinnen was Vice-President of News for Rogers Radio and
Vice-President & General Manager of 680News, Canada's #1 news radio
station. He will continue to oversee 680News and all news content for
the 55 Rogers Radio stations, including the four all-news radio
stations and four news-talk stations, and will now also oversee
CityNews and CityNews Channel.
Hinnen has led all newsgathering efforts for the Rogers Radio brands
across Canada since 1999.
"John is one of the industry's most well-respected news leaders, and
under his management our Rogers Radio news brands have become
synonymous with excellence," said Scott Moore, President, Broadcast,
Rogers Media. "United under one vision, John will lead our suite of
television and radio news brands into the next generation of news
coverage to create an unparalleled audience experience."
This move will allow Rogers Media to leverage the power of its
television and radio news brands to deliver world-class, award-winning
news content. CityNews and Rogers Radio will continue to operate as
separate newsrooms, but will be aligned under Hinnen's leadership.
"I am thrilled to have this opportunity to work with the outstanding
news teams at Citytv, while at the same time continuing my long and
special relationship with all of my radio colleagues," said Hinnen.
A 40-year industry veteran, Hinnen has held a variety of senior
positions within Rogers Radio, including Vice-President of News at
CHFI, News and Sports Director at CFTR, and Chairman of the Rogers
Multimedia Content Committee, where he spearheaded creative content
synergies for news coverage across Rogers Media's suite of assets.
Hinnen joined Rogers Media in 1974 as a sports announcer for CFTR.
Under Hinnen's leadership, Rogers Radio brands have won hundreds of
awards, including the recently announced international Edward R. Murrow
award for 680News and News1130, and 13 Radio-Television Digital News
Association (RTDNA) awards in 2012 for news excellence in large and
medium markets across Canada. A personal multiple-award winner, Hinnen
is the recipient of the RTDNA's President's Award (2012 and 2011), the
association's highest honour.
A graduate of the Humber College Broadcast Journalism program, Hinnen
was born in the Netherlands and moved to Toronto at the age of seven.
He is an active member of the broadcast community and currently sits on
the Board of Directors at six professional associations, including the
Ontario Association of Broadcasters as Vice-President.
About Rogers Media Inc.
Rogers Media Inc., a division of Rogers Communications (TSX: RCI; NYSE:
RCI), is a diversified leading Canadian media company that engages in
television and radio broadcasting, publishing, digital, and sports
entertainment. Rogers Broadcasting has 55 AM and FM radio stations
across Canada; television properties include five Citytv stations, five
OMNI multicultural television stations, Sportsnet (consisting of four
regional channels and the nationally-distributed Sportsnet ONE and
Sportsnet World), and The Shopping Channel, a televised and internet
shopping service. Rogers Publishing produces many well-known consumer
and online magazines, such as Maclean's, Chatelaine, L'actualité,
Canadian Business, and is the leading publisher of a number of
industry, medical and financial publications. Rogers Media's suite of
digital assets reaches 17 million unique visitors per month through
more than 1,000 premium owned + exclusive and extended network sites.
Rogers Media Inc. owns Rogers Centre stadium, a year-round sports and
entertainment facility, and the Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club.
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