Abbotsford journalist named co-host of CBC Vancouver News

Abbotsford journalist named co-host of CBC Vancouver News
Veteran Vancouver broadcaster Mike Killeen hired to co-anchor CBCs 6 p.m. news
“CBC is Canada’s iconic broadcaster and the Vancouver newsroom has a long history of producing top-notch, award-winning journalism. I’m thrilled to now be part of that team. It’s also a chance to help mentor the next generation of journalists at a time when journalism is more important than ever before,” said Killeen, who will co-host the newscast with Anita Bathe.

Mike Killeen and co-anchor Tamara Taggart were fired from CTV in April as part of a mass shakeup in the Vancouver newsroom. The duo had served as lead anchors on CTV News at Six since 2011, when they replaced Bill Good and Pamela Martin.

Killeen, a graduate of BCIT, first joined CTV in 2001. He served as an Olympics reporter and weekend news anchor before getting the job at the big desk.

Before joining CBC in 2016 as an investigative reporter, Bathe worked as a radio reporter at News 1130.

Former CTV Vancouver host Mike Killeen will be joining CBC Vancouver to co-anchor the 6 pm news, with Anita Bathe.

"In my house, I grew up watching and listening to the CBC," says Killeen. "The CBC Vancouver newsroom has a long history of producing top-notch, award-winning journalism and I'm absolutely thrilled to now be part of this team. I'm also looking forward to co-hosting at 6 p.m. with an immensely talented journalist, Anita Bathe, covering stories viewers won't see anywhere else, especially those that resonate with our community"  

CBC Vancouver announced today that Killeen will officially be joining the broadcaster on November 19.

As CBC Vancouver's senior meteorologist and seismologist, Johanna Wagstaffe covers local, national and international weather and science stories for CBC Vancouver News on weekdays. She joined CBC in 2007 and was recently awarded a Canadian Association of Journalists award for Fault Lines, a podcast examining two hypothetical scenarios involving earthquakes along Canada's West Coast and how individuals and families can prepare.

“The CBC Vancouver newsroom has a long history of producing top-notch, award-winning journalism and I’m absolutely thrilled to now be part of this team. I’m also looking forward to co-hosting at 6 pm with an immensely talented journalist, Anita Bathe, covering stories viewers won’t see anywhere else, especially those that resonate with our community.”

Dan Burritt is a host and producer for CBC Vancouver News and has reported on a wide range of breaking stories, including the ongoing weather and climate events in B.C., the 2018 municipal elections and the Haida Gwaii earthquake in 2012. He has worked the political beat in both radio and TV, providing extensive provincial and federal elections coverage to citizens. He joined CBC Vancouver in 2012.

The pair were let go by the station in April.  In a statement, CTV Vancouver said it was undergoing a major refresh of the stations locally focused newscasts.

Lien Yeung is an award-winning multimedia reporter, host and producer. She has covered a range of stories for CBC Vancouver, from the 2017 B.C. wildfires, for which she earned a RTDNA and a Jack Webster award nomination, the Amtrak derailment, to the culinary arts. Her journalism career has taken her from Canada's Pacific Northwest to the Atlantic Coast. She joined the CBC News team in 2013.

Killeen told Daily Hive that his departure from CTV Vancouver “happened very suddenly and it was a bit shocking.”

"And with the changing landscape of media and how our audience consumes their news, not only will our host team be visible on TV, but they will also report across a multitude of media channels, from radio to online. These are talented and award-winning journalists who are genuinely passionate about the news and they represent the new CBC Vancouver News."

“The industry is going through some challenging times. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue in the industry,” he said.

He says he is “very excited” to be joining the CBC Vancouver team. “CBC has a long history of quality journalism and I am looking forward to co-hosting.”

"CBC is the national public broadcaster and we have a mandate to provide British Columbians with the most trusted and balanced news possible across a variety of platforms — and TV news, especially local news, is still a vital piece," says Johnny Michel, senior managing director, British Columbia and Alberta.

Bathe also took to social media to share the news. “It’s been a very hard secret to keep but I’m happy I can finally announce @mike_killeen and I will be your new co-anchors on CBC Vancouver News at 6 pm,” she wrote on Instagram.

The new CBC Vancouver News team premieres Monday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. PST with co-anchors Killeen and Bathe. The newcast will be streamed and archived online.

“We will continue to do what CBC does best – telling your community stories and emphasizing original journalism.”

CBC also announced that senior meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe will be joining Bathe and Killeen on the 6 pm Vancouver News.

Journalist Dan Burritt will host CBC Vancouver News at 11 pm and Lien Yeung will be hosting on weekend news broadcasts.