Sutcliffe to host midday show on 1310News

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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.

Organizations: Rogers Television, CPAC, CBC Great River Media Ottawa Business Journal

Geographic location: California, Toronto, Ottawa CFRA territory

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  • Mike LeMay
    March 30, 2016 - 13:28

    I'm shocked that Ed is gone. I thought he had the best show I think I've ever heard..and i listen to Us talk shows aslo.. His voice, mannerism and approach are such that I've not heard the like! I like Mark but losing Ed is a huge blow to our community. Sad

  • Herry
    March 20, 2016 - 07:53

    I haven't heard or seen anything from greed-pigs bell since November when Carol Ann Meehan was let go. And I never will, ever !

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    March 19, 2016 - 10:05

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  • Marilyn Syversen
    March 18, 2016 - 17:40

    Ooooooh yeah I'll be listening! So happy for Mark and talk radio.

  • Linda MacKinnon
    March 18, 2016 - 17:27

    I will be tuning in to 1310 for Mark Sutcliffe's show. The "new " CFRA no longer appeals to me. With Lowell Green, Steve Madely, and Mark Sutcliffe gone, CFRA is different now. I have listened to Rob Snow and Evan Soloman for many days and tried to get used to them, but I often ended up turning the radio off. I especially miss Mark Sutcliffe, so I am thrilled he will be back on the radio with 1310 News.