Monday, February 1, 2010

Beloved radio broadcaster Andy Barrie announces departure from CBC Radio One 99.1's METRO MORNING

TORONTO, February 1, 2010 /Canada NewsWire/ - Andy Barrie, the popular and respected host of CBC Radio One's 99.1 METRO MORNING announced on-air today his departure from Toronto's top rated morning radio program. Andy will host the show until March 1 and will continue to be a member of the CBC family in a re-imagined capacity. January 29, 2010 commemorated Andy's 15th anniversary as host of METRO MORNING, where he made his mark as a superior journalist, host, friend, colleague and mentor.

Later this month, METRO MORNING will announce a new host to present and represent the realities, experiences and issues that are important to the people of Canada's biggest city, through up-to-date news and information that Torontonians need to get going in the morning. METRO MORNING airs weekdays at 5:30 - 8:30 a.m.

"Andy is part of our station and that station is like an extended family," said Susan Marjetti, Managing Director CBC Toronto. "He will continue to be part of that family and certainly part of this station's rich history."

"After an amazing 15 years making great radio at Metro Morning, we're sad to see Andy give up the morning show microphone, and we're sure that's a view shared by his loyal audience," said Denise Donlon, executive director of CBC Radio. "We celebrate his legacy and honour the immense contribution he has made to CBC, to the broadcasting industry and to this city and community during his esteemed career. We're also looking forward to listening over the next few weeks - even his departure will make great radio."

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster, and one of its largest cultural institutions. With 28 services offered on Radio, Television, the Internet, satellite radio, digital audio, as well as through its record and music distribution service and wireless WAP and SMS messaging services, CBC/Radio-Canada is available how, where, and when Canadians want it.

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