CBC Radio One appoints Filipina journalist

Elliot is excited to take over the reins of new call-in show. (CBC)

Vancouver, B.C.

Michelle Elliot takes over as host of CBC  BC Today

By Ted Alcuitas

“We get to start fresh,” says newly appointed host of BC Today Michelle Elliot.

The veteran journalist took over as host of CBC Vancouver’s radio noon hour call-in talk show formerly known as BC Almanac.

”I’m so excited,” Eliot told CBC .  “I’ve been able to grow as a host in the past few years and now I’m so excited to take the reins of the new call-in show. And we get to start fresh.”

Her appointment takes effect today, May 13, 2018.

“Our audience knows she’s a solid, trusted, experienced journalist, and she also has a vibrant personality with immense empathy. She cares. She’s invested in our audience and the province, ” says Shiral Tobin, director of journalism and programming at CBC British Columbia.

Eliot is no stranger to CBC Radio One. She started in Vancouver as an intern 18 years ago.

Over the years, she has worked as an associate producer, a reporter and a guest host on local and national programs, including The Early Edition, On the Coast and The 180.

A graduate of UBC in English Literature and BCIT’s Broadcast Journalism program, Elliot joins other Filipinos in the CBC including Marivel Taruc, host of Our Toronto and Michael Serapio, who anchors weekend mornings on CBC News Network.

As a guest host, Eliot has interviewed prominent politicians, as well as authors and musicians such as Douglas Coupland and Bif Naked.

The heart of BC Today will still be the open line, taking calls from listeners across the province. But the show will now focus its entire hour on just one topic.

Eliot said listeners have often told her they want more time to have their say on the top issue of the day.

“We’re going to take a cue from that and just spend the entire hour hearing from people across the province,” she said.

Eliot’s work has been recognized by the RTDNA and the Webster Foundation for her team coverage of the ongoing overdose crisis and the NDP and Green Party deal that brought the NDP to power in B.C. in 2017.

The show airs at noon PT and 1 p.m. MT.

“Michelle Eliot delves into the top story for the province in a vibrant, interactive hour of conversation, in which listeners are invited to have their say on the open line (1-800-825-5950) and on social media @BCToday.”

“From hard-hitting questions about B.C.’s economy, environmental protection and Indigenous rights to discussions over affordable housing, investment and the immigrant experience, BC Today is the place where British Columbians can speak their minds and have their voices heard.”

Marivel Taruc, host of  Our Toronto. (CBC)

Michael Serapio, CBC News Network (CBC)

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