A battle for midday talk radio supremacy in Ottawa is brewing now that Mark Sutcliffe has joined 1310News.
Great River Media CEO Mark Sutcliffe
Mr. Sutcliffe was introduced on a breaking news alert on the Rogers-owned station Friday morning. Beginning Monday, he will host Ottawa Today which will be heard Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Mr. Sutcliffe, who already hosts a show on Rogers Television and CPAC, had spent the bulk of his radio career with CFRA, a Bell-owned station. He had been hosting the morning show, CFRA Today, since long-time host Steve Madeley retired in November.
CFRA parted ways with Mr. Sutcliffe in favour of Bill Carroll, a Toronto-broadcaster who also had a successful stint in talk radio in California. The station also made waves recently by hiring former CBC broadcaster Evan Solomon.
Midday talk radio in Ottawa was CFRA territory for years, dominated by Lowell Green. With Mr. Green’s retirement in January, his time slot was handed to Rob Snow.
Mr. Snow and Mr. Sutcliffe once shared the airwaves when Mr. Snow was a business reporter on a CFRA afternoon drive show Mr. Sutcliffe hosted. Now they will go head-to-head to see who will get the midday ratings, and the advertising revenue that goes with it.
1310’s new Ottawa Today program replaces The Ed Hand Show. Mr. Hand is no longer with 1310News.
Mr. Sutcliffe is CEO of Great River Media, the company that owns the Ottawa Business Journal.