CANADA AM’s Jeff Hutcheson Announces Retirement and Final Remote Tour
— May 6, 2016
– 18-year career at CANADA AM comes to a close as sports and weather anchor signs off Summer 2016 –
– Hutcheson hits the road beginning May 11 for his final remote tour –
TORONTO (May 6, 2016) – After 40 years in broadcasting, veteran sports and weather anchor Jeff Hutcheson announced this morning on-air that he will bring his 18 years at CANADA AM to a close, signing off one last time early this summer. Waking up with viewers for nearly two decades, Hutcheson is known for bringing Canadians together, broadcasting from nearly 400 locations across Canada and around the world. Beloved from coast to coast to coast, Hutcheson hits the road for one last remote broadcast tour before his final turn at the CANADA AM desk.
“I feel truly honoured to have had this incredible journey and to be welcomed into viewers homes everyday across my four decades of broadcasting,” said Jeff Hutcheson. “CANADA AM has given me the experience of a lifetime, working on a team that sets the bar of professionalism and journalism in this industry. Having the opportunity to work and travel around the world has been extraordinary, and I am thrilled that I will have the chance to leave the viewers with one last remote tour, doing what I love the most – showing Canada to Canadians.”
“We are so thankful for Jeff’s enormous contribution to CANADA AM and we will miss him greatly,” said Nanci MacLean, Vice-President, Bell Media Production. “His curiosity, honesty, and joyful spirit lights up the set every morning, as well as the homes of viewers across the country who welcome him with open arms. He reminds Canadians there's a wonderful and fascinating country outside our doorstep and for that we will always be grateful. Jeff’s warmth and kindness touched the entire nation and leaves an indelible mark on the show.”
Adding to this collection of great memories and sharing his favourite ones from the past, Hutcheson will embark on one last remote tour of Canada beginning Wednesday, May 11. Showcasing hotspots, talking to locals, and delivering his regular weather updates live on location, Jeff kicks off the tour in Niagara-on-the-Lake before heading eastward to continue his journey and series of live broadcasts from Quidi Vidi, NL, a beach in his home province of Prince Edward Island, and from Lunenburg, NS.
Dubbed Canada’s king of the remote broadcast, Hutcheson developed a following and endeared himself to viewers throughout the country and from many destinations around the world including France, England, Ireland, and Australia. Viewers will remember Hutcheson’s countless great moments, from kite skiing on Great Slave Lake in Yellowknife and his broadcast from the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games, to his remote from the Toronto Blue Jays Spring Training in Dunedin, Florida.
From meeting the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Charlottetown, PEI, to rallying 30,000 football fans to cheer on their team as honorary mascot to the Saskatchewan Roughriders, to his many adventures on “Breakfast with Jeff,” Hutcheson’s contribution to CANADA AM stretched far beyond the scope of weather and sports to become a friendly and reliable face that viewers look forward to seeing each morning.
About Jeff Hutcheson:
With four decades of reporting under his belt, Hutcheson has been live on national television from every corner of Canada and many destinations around the world. Jeff has introduced the country to the scenic sites, favourite festivals, and some of the most interesting people in the country.
A well-known personality across the country, viewers remember his cross-Canada RV adventure “The Ultimate Road Trip” and his “Breakfast with Jeff” series, which took him to communities across Canada to showcase their Canadian charitable spirit.
Hutcheson began his career in 1976 at CKCO-TV in Kitchener, presently known as CTV Kitchener. After working there for 20 years, he began working part-time for CANADA AM in 1992, moving to the show in a permanent capacity in August 1998.
Hutcheson works in his community by supporting many charities and across Canada including Halifax’s IWK Hospital and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.
He is also a published author of two books – bestsellers Best of Canada and Best of Atlantic Canada.
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