New name, new host for CBC Radio noonhour show

Michelle Eliot wants to engage more listeners on air and on social media

Regular CBC Radio listeners are going to hear a few changes today.

When they dial in at noon, it won't be BC Almanac that they listen to. The one-hour call-in show is now called BC Today. And leading the conversation about the stories and issues of the day is the new host, Michelle Eliot. The Webster-winning journalist is no stranger to CBC radio listeners, having regularly guest-hosted shows for the Mother Corp.

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"I want to broaden the scope of our conversation and hear from more callers from all parts of the province, and incorporate feedback from social media," she says in a press release. "This is the show that is the voice of British Columbians and we are going to hear from more of those voices."

Shiral Tobin, the director of journalism and programming, says that Eliot's vibrant personality is matched with "immense empathy", a tenacious spirit and an ability to have a lot of fun on the job.

Eliot's arrival completes the changes that were triggered when long-time Vancouver morning host Rick Cluff retired a few months ago. Stephen Quinn is the new Early Edition host while Gloria Macarenko, who was the former B.C. Almanac host, took over Quinn's microphone at On the Coast, the weekday afternoon show.

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