TORONTO, April 9, 2014 /CNW/ - Today, TVO advanced on its digital strategy with the appointment of veteran journalist John M. Ferri as the Vice President, Current Affairs and Documentaries, effective May 5th. John will be responsible for leveraging TVO's brand of Ontario perspective in-depth current affairs to increase citizen engagement.
"John brings a depth of experience and knowledge, in particular with digital platforms, that will help TVO step forward as a digital media organization serving all Ontarians," said Lisa de Wilde, Chief Executive Officer, TVO. "As a journalist with decades of experience, John is well-positioned to help TVO support new content creation, reach and impact."
John comes to TVO from Toronto Star Newspapers Ltd where he was most recently Digital Editor responsible for thestar.com. In this role, he managed a multimedia team of editors, designers and technical support and was responsible for the content and editorial direction for one of Canada's most prominent news websites. John began his career at the Toronto Star as a reporter and subsequently held a number of positions including Assistant Managing Editor - Weekends, Assistant Managing Editor - News, Editor - Arts and Life, and Opinion Page Editor.
John also has experience with digital start-ups. He was responsible for the day-to-day news-gathering efforts of a staff of editors and freelance reporters in six major Canadian cities as Managing Editor at Openfile.ca.
John completed the Executive Leadership Program at the Kellogg School of Management, at Northwestern University, and holds a Bachelor of Journalism from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brock University. John is a native of Timmins and is an accomplished photographer.
"I believe that current affairs and documentaries are important ways that TVO can help build citizen engagement in Ontario," said John Ferri. "I'm looking forward to bringing my experience in journalism and digital platforms to help TVO expand the reach of their current affairs brand."
TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and stimulates curiosity and thought. TVO's vision is to empower people to be engaged citizens of Ontario through educational media. TVO is funded primarily by the Province of Ontario and supported by sponsors and thousands of donors. For more information, visit tvo.org.
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