ICYMI: Andree Lau to leave HuffPost

Plus, Metro Morning gets a new host, and the NHL's return to play could involve as much as six games per day in August.
Andree Lau

Andree Lau to return to CBC

After eight years at the helm of HuffPost Canada, editor-in-chief Andree Lau will say goodbye to the Verizon Media-owned brand. Lau will return to the CBC as its new managing editor of digital news. While she spent most of the 2010s ascending through progressively senior positions with HuffPost, some of Lau’s earliest days as a journalist were at CBC. Starting as a television reporter in 1999, she worked in various markets from New Brunswick to British Columbia before departing in 2012. When she first took the top leadership position with HuffPost three years ago, she told MiC her desires included making the brand more mobile-friendly and upping its podcast game.

Metro Morning gets a new host

It’s been a little over six months since longtime host Matt Galloway left CBC Radio One’s Toronto morning show, Metro Morning. Ismaila Alfa will now step into the host chair on Aug. 24. Alfa has been a broadcaster and journalist with CBC Radio since 2008 and most recently hosted the Winnipeg afternoon radio current affairs program Up to Speed. He was also among the numerous, rotating guest hosts who temporarily entertained Metro Morning listeners following Galloway’s departure. A search for a new Up to Speed host is underway.

August could see a flurry of hockey on the airwaves

Despite a number of players testing positive for COVID-19 prior to re-joining their teams, the league is still on track to accelerate training this month and return to play in August. Some players, such as Rasmus Sandin and William Nylander, have returned to one of two Canadian “hub cities:” Toronto and Edmonton. Insider Bob McKenzie reported that within those two cities, the league is planning to host up to three games per day in each city at 12 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. local time. The exact schedule of the various playoff rounds, as well as broadcast details, are still being determined – but, with six games per day, it looks like hockey fans will experience several weeks of nearly 12 hours of hockey per day.