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Vista Radio Announces Appointment of John White as National Director of News

Courtenay, BC, June 21, 2024 – Vista Radio announced today the appointment of John White as our new National Director of News. With an illustrious career spanning over three decades, White brings a wealth of experience, innovation, and passion for LOCAL journalism and digital media to Vista.

Highlights of John’s career include leading newsrooms at several digital media sites including Fintech Nexus and Future of Good, serving as CEO of a variety of digital news startups, and more than a decade of editorial management experience with digital and traditional news outlets including Castanet, Black Press, the Edmonton Journal and Winnipeg Free Press.

“Our goal was to find someone who not only carried a passion for journalism and building

communities but could instill that same passion with our news teams across Canada. We are

confident we found that in John.” said Joe Gabor, Vice-President – Business. “His commitment to local journalism and his innovative approach to news production align perfectly with our mission to deliver every community we serve with reliable, engaging, and most importantly, LOCAL news and information. We believe John’s leadership will elevate our news division and strengthen our connection with audiences.”

John’s appointment is a significant step forward for Vista’s commitment to local journalism in

every city and town where we reside. His leadership will not only strengthen the Vista News

operation, but also enhance our ability to deliver reliable, engaging, and timely news and

information content.

“Local news is more important than ever in today’s fast-paced media landscape,” said White. “I am honored to join Vista Radio and contribute to its mission of delivering top-notch journalism to communities across the country. Together, we will work to provide our audience with the news that matters most to them.”

While White’s appointment marks a significant step in our ongoing efforts to enhance our news offerings and engage local audiences more effectively, Vista has also welcomed several highly qualified and experienced journalists to the leadership group of our News team in recent months including Kate Brown, News Director - Kootenay Region of BC, Paul Cluff, News Director – Southern Ontario and Justin Goulet, Editor / Sr. Reporter in Lethbridge, Alberta.

As the media landscape continues to evolve, Vista Radio remains committed to investing in local journalism and providing news and information that communities not only want but need. These strategic hires underscore our unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional local news coverage and maintaining our position as a trusted voice in the communities we serve. With this investment and a promise of more to follow, Vista Radio looks forward to continuing our tradition of excellence and providing a large and growing portion of Canada with the highest quality local journalism.

About Vista Radio -

Vista Radio currently operates 51 radio stations broadcasting across B.C., Alberta, Ontario, and the Northwest Territories. Vista also owns and operates 39 locally focused news, information, and events portals for its communities. This number is growing with the pending CRTC approval of acquiring 21 Bell Media operations in British Columbia. With more than 250 employees, the Vista team is passionately dedicated to

their communities and is committed to generating exceptional local media.


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